Kucinich: Single-payer the only 'obviously constitutional' healthcare plan

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The study, prepared by The Lewin Group, said a single-payer system in Minnesota would bring savings to the state as well as employees and their families.

Kucinich also noted that single-payer — because it would be funded through taxes, similar to Medicare — wouldn't raise the same kind of legal questions as Obama's healthcare overhaul. The Supreme Court is expected to rule by June on whether the law's individual mandate is constitutional.

"Regardless of the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, health care costs continue to rise, jeopardizing budgets and preventing people from getting the health care they need," Kucinich said. "Single-payer is the only solution that is obviously constitutional and can meet our nation’s needs.”