Health Care for All

Vermont adopts a plan to provide universal medical treatment

AS A SPECIALIST IN INTERNAL MEDICINE, DR. HOWard Dean knows that the quality of care soars when patient and physician trust each other. As Governor of Vermont -- and the only Governor in the Union who is a doctor -- Dean also knows that trust has to be earned. So the Governor knew he had his work cut out for him when he set out to persuade insurance companies, physicians and increasingly savvy medical consumers all to agree on a health-care reform plan. Last week Dean succeeded. With the blessings of the state legislature, the Vermont Medical Society, and Blue Cross...

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