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A Health-care Prescription

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It will take something innovative and bold to actually fix the nation's broken health-care system . . . and it likely won't happen at the federal level. Uncle Sam, typically on issues of this magnitude, is genetically incapable of doing anything but nibbling at the edges.

So, what's being proposed in Utah by an impressive panel of local business, community and legislative leaders is intriguing, and worthy of thoughtful evaluation.

In broad blueprint form, the panel proposes a radical overhaul of health-care, which would make basic insurance coverage available to every Utahn. As envisioned, it would be purchased on the private market at affordable prices. Coverage would be portable and follow an employee from job to job. Businesses would no longer be responsible for administering their own plans.

While many of the details for the proposal are yet to be worked out, the concepts, in KSL's view, are solid and plausible. They are aimed at building a healthy population, while providing quality health care at reasonable costs.

The 130 or so Utah leaders who have been quietly working for months on this demanding issue have indeed suggested a bold approach. As their blueprint is refined, it has the potential of becoming a model for other states and the envy of the nation.

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