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Vermont wants universal health coverage

Posted On Mon, April 12, 2010

Last week, Vermont's Senate voted 28-2 for a bill that will help the state establish a universal healthcare system for its residents.

The passage of this bill allows the state legislature's healthcare reform commission to hire consultants to write three separate plans - one of which must be overseen by government officials - that would give Vermont universal health care by July 2012. VTdigger.org see the bill's passage as a huge victory for Amnesty's Health is a Human Right campaign.

Deb Richter, a prominent supporter of healthcare reform in Vermont, told the Burlington Free Press that "this is a good bill. It will get the ball rolling." Richter also said to the Burlington Free Press she believes a single-payer system would be the most financially advantageous one for Vermont's residents.

The national healthcare reform bill passed on March 21 without a single Republican vote. It is seen by experts as the most sweeping law to pass through Congress in decades.

While some aspects of the law have already been put in place, such as not being able to deny children with pre-existing conditions coverage, it's expected the new healthcare system won't fully be in effect until 2014.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19715933-ADNFCR

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