When Governor Peter Shumlin signs the new health care bill into law on May 26th, many people may wonder how we came to this point. Why is it that Vermont is the first state to pass legislation that acknowledges that health care is a public good, and that the best route toward universal access and cost control is to create a health care system that is publicly funded? There are still many more steps to go before we reach this goal. Nonetheless, it is worth pausing at this important juncture to ask what makes Vermont different.
Archive for May, 2011