Fight For Affordable, Quality Health Care for All
As Governor Deb will fight for quality, affordable health care for all. Vermont has been a national leader of health reform, starting with our commitment to making sure that every child has access to health care. Our Blueprint for Health is a model for other states looking to prevention and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, and our Catamount health program is a first step in making sure that every Vermonter has access to health coverage. But despite these efforts, health care costs for Vermont families keep rising. The most frequent cause of individual bankruptcy is the cost of paying for hospitalization and medical costs associated with an accident, illness or disability. Deb knows that unless we can stem the rising cost of health care, it will stand in the way of economic prosperity for Vermont's working families and our small businesses.
Vermont has a unique opportunity to be a national leader in health care reform once again. Deb has asked our congressional delegation to include language in the federal bill to permit Vermont to engage in a pilot project that would allow Vermont to ensure that all of its citizens have access to the doctors, medicines and care they need. As Governor, Deb will champion a single payer system in which Vermont will self-insure. This will allow us to control health care costs and to ensure that our health care dollars are spent on providing every person with access to quality, affordable health care.