It’s become a topic of fierce debate in Vermont these days: What to do about the state’s health care dilemma. The projected eighty-million-dollar deficit in the Medicaid fund is just one symptom of a larger health care problem that includes residents without insurance and steadily rising health care costs.
A bill that would provide universal health care is under review by lawmakers, but while Democrats who support it say bold action is needed now, Republicans including Governor Jim Douglas contend it’s an untested and radical plan that could make matters worse.
Mitch Wertleib spoke with Burlington Representative John Tracy, Chairman of the House Health Care committee that’s backing the universal health care bill. To hear the interview, click on the “Listen” icon.