Under the leadership of Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D), New York -- one of the largest states in America -- is on the verge of beginning a major push for universal health care. Here's the New York Times:
"Gov. Eliot Spitzer's administration is poised to begin an ambitious and potentially expensive push to expand health coverage to nearly three million more residents, aiming to fulfill Mr. Spitzer's campaign promise to ultimately provide universal insurance...a major component would expand existing programs for the poorest residents to cover more of the working poor and lower middle class...Mr. Spitzer is aiming to reduce the roughly 2.8 million uninsured residents by half in his four-year term, following up on a campaign pledge, and eventually to provide coverage to all residents...the Legislature this year already passed Mr. Spitzer's proposed expansion of an existing state-financed program, Child Health Plus, which will make it available to the state's roughly 400,000 uninsured children."
I'll wait to reserve judgment on the details of Spitzer's proposal, but I think the overall push is terrific. A governor of one of the biggest states in the country is using his bully pulpit to go for universal health care. Good for him.
That said, I'm wondering when we're going to hear D.C.-based progressives deriding New York's overall push as "disastrous" and when/if they are going to insult the 400,000 kids who Spitzer just helped get health care coverage for by saying his efforts were waste. I sure hope not -- but as I've learned this week, some folks in Washington will stop at nothing to insult the efforts -- and successes -- of the progressive movement in the states.