Wisconsin's governor says a fundamental change is needed in the nation's health care system.
Attending a White House health forum in Michigan Thursday, Governor Jim Doyle said there seemed to be universal agreement on the national need for affordable health care. The Governor helped moderate the forum, which was attended by hundreds of lawmakers, health care providers, and regular citizens.
Doyle says we've crossed a big threshold where people are starting to understand the current system is too expensive, doesn't cover enough people, and is a drain on the economy.
Doyle says there are many issues to address in reaching a national health care system. Those include balancing private and government plans, and determining the basic level of coverage that should be available to everyone.
The Governor says Wisconsin is already being looked at as a model for what a national plan may look like. Doyle says the challenge comes in balancing already existing programs with what needs to be created.
Doyle says Wisconsin has a lot to offer in leading the discussion and is already being looked at for examples.