While states and municipalitieswarm up to single-payer, the House Budget Committee has requestedinformation from the Congressional Budget Office about single-payerhealth care proposals. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Washington state is the latest to jump on the single-payer bandwagon, with DemocraticGovernor Jay Inslee announcing that Democratic lawmakers in thestate would be proposing legislation to provide state residents apublic health insurance option—thus pushingWashington closer to single-payer health care.

According to Inslee, the bill will tell Washington's Health CareAuthority to contract with health plans throughout the state tooffer coverage on the Washington Health Benefit Exchange; theexchange guarantees coverage to anyone in Washington on theindividual insurance market.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.