By Julian Pecquet - 03/26/12 08:13 PM EDT
The Supreme Court's review of President Obama's healthcare reform law is just another step on the inevitable path toward a single-payer medical system, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said Monday.
"The cost of health care continues to grow because the costs cannot be constrained within the context of that for-profit system," Kucinich said in a statement after the high court completed the first of three days of oral arguments on the law. "Whether the Supreme Court upholds the law or strikes it down, single-payer is the only alternative that can meet our nation's needs."
The amendment was stripped from the final bill. Instead, the law calls for all states to have health insurance exchanges where residents will be able to choose among a variety of federally subsidized private health plans.
"My amendment was one of the first single-payer legislative victories in Congress," Kucinich said. "It won’t be the last."