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Brian Schweitzer

Montana Experiment Brings NHS-Style Health Care to USA; Saves State Millions, Patients Delighted

Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has pledged his support for single-payer health care in the past, but his recent efforts to bring zero-cost sharing primary and preventive care to Montana government employees and retirees may be doing something that most progressives would only dream could happen in America: bringing NHS-style, socialized medicine to Montana. This is a big deal and — while currently limited to state employees and retirees — could be laying the groundwork for America’s most socially-just health care system. NPR has the details: A year ago, Montana opened the nation’s first clinic for free primary healthcare services to its state government employees. The Helena, Mont., clinic was pitched as a way to improve overall employee health, but the idea has faced its fair share of political opposition. A year later,┬áthe state says the clinic is already saving money. Pamela Weitz, a 61-year-old state library technician, was skeptical about the place at first. “I thought it was just the goofiest idea, but you know, it’s really good,” she says. In the last year, …