Meanwhile in Vermont
MONTPELIER – Hundreds of Vermonters filled the Statehouse Tuesday for a public forum on health care reform, with a vast majority urging lawmakers to adopt a single-payer system.
The Vermont Legislature's two health care committees scheduled the forum to get direction from residents as they prepare to study a host of dramatic changes to Vermont's health care system, including a single-payer system, a public option and other proposals.
U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders, a Vermont independent, was the first speaker at the forum. Hoarse from a cold, Sanders defended his vote in favor of the national health care reform bill and told lawmakers that the country will now be looking to the states to lead for more progressive reforms.
"At the end of the day, it will be a state that will lead the country to a rational health care system," Sanders said. "We have an opportunity here for America to show them what a comprehensive, universal system looks like. If Vermont leads, other states will follow."