McDermott lands top Dem spot on healthcare panel

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 McDermott, who is a doctor, was a strong supporter of President Obama's healthcare law. He supports a single-payer healthcare system and has introduced a bill to let states pursue single-payer on their own, in the absence of a more sweeping federal overhaul.

He has sharply criticized Republicans' plan to partially privatize the Medicare program — changes that would have to go through the health subcommittee if the GOP ever tries to put the plan on paper.