WCAX Vermont reports that “the Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a sweeping reform of the state’s health care system.” By a vote of 21 to six, “the Senate approved a new program they call Green Mountain Health” that “will provide primary and preventative care to all uninsured Vermonters beginning in July 2006.”
The bill now needs to be ironed out with Vermont House legislators, who passed their own version earlier. But the big question is whether Republican Gov. Jim Douglas will veto the measure. Douglas has significant ties to the health care industry. But does he want to be the governor whose legacy is preventing Vermont from becoming the first state in America to enact universal health care? Stay tuned.