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Fri July 2, 2004
Freudenthal Defends Subsidy Idea
Laramie, Wy – Recently Governor Dave Freudenthal floated the idea of a temporary subsidy for doctors to help them pay for rising medical malpractice costs. The Governor sees it as a short term attempt to keep doctors from leaving the state. But some lawmakers and citizens dislike the idea, thinking that doctors are being favored over others who also face rising health insurance costs. Freudenthal understands their concern, but he'd still like to go ahead with the idea, because without doctors, health care could be lost. "It is important to the economic development future of the state to have health care, it is important to citizens who are here now to have health care..." The Governor sees this is a short term fix until longer term solutions kick in. Lawmakers will consider his proposal during a special legislative session that begins July 12th.