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Tommy Douglas takes Vermont

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Vermont’s governor signs into law a single payer health care system. Tommy Douglas references ensue.

Vermont has become an incubator for innovative public policy. Canada’s single payer healthcare system started as an experiment in one province, Saskatchewan. It was pushed through in the early 1960s by Saskatchewan’s premier, Tommy Douglas, considered by many to be the greatest Canadian. It was so successful, it was rapidly adopted by all of Canada. (Douglas is the grandfather of actor Kiefer Sutherland.) Perhaps Vermont’s healthcare law will start a similar, national transformation.

A Washington congressman similarly invoked the father of Canadian health care earlier this month.