Three states move on health care

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October 18, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Oregon, Montana and Vermont want to move much faster on health care reform than President Barack Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act will allow. It’s frustrating. 

Oregon Gov. John Kitshaber said, “We want to show that health reform is something real, that it actually works. Oregon is a place that can actually make it happen.”

Oregon passed its own health care act that changes how it pays doctors and eventually will enroll state employees in the Medicaid program as a big move toward a single-payer system. To do that, however, the federal government will have to grant Oregon waivers on the way Washington funds Medicaid and from other key pillars of the federal program.

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