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While our corporate media continues to repeat the beltway conventional wisdom talking points that the country is supposedly going broke and therefore the working class and poor must be asked to sacrifice or we're doomed, one state is actually doing the right thing with getting health care costs under control, Vermont. Of course this is being largely ignored by our corporate media as well.
Today Vermont is set to make history by becoming the first state in the nation to offer universal, single-payer healthcare when Gov. Peter Shumlin signs its healthcare reform bill into law. The Vermont plan, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will attempt to stem rising medical care prices and provide universal coverage. We speak with Dr. Deb Richter, president of Vermont Health Care for All. She moved from Buffalo, New York, to Vermont in 1999 to advocate for a universal, single-payer healthcare system in the state. Gov. Shumlin calls her the “backbone” of the grassroots effort that helped persuade the Democratic-led state legislature to pass the bill this spring.
Full transcript at the link above.