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Monday, May 12, 2003


Vermont's Healthy Approach

posted by Editor at Monday, May 12, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The following letter was published in the May 19, 2003 issue of Newsweek.

In his article about Rep. Richard Gephardt’s proposed health-care plan, Jonathan Alter mentions Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean’s approach to health care (“A Genuinely Healthy Debate,” May 5). My mother lives in Missouri and is one of Gephardt’s constituents. Last month she lost her job and her health benefits. She cannot afford Cobra nor the “gap insurance” that would cost her at least $300 a month. Meanwhile, in Dean’s Vermont, more than 92 percent of adults are eligible for health care, and that health care is subsidized for uninsured low-income adults—and this is in a state, some would argue, with a balanced budget. Alter calls Dean’s plan a “nonstarter,” but guess in which state I wish my mother lived right now?
Heather Ash
Sherman Oaks, Calif


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