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States put their own spin on Obama health care law
San Francisco Chronicle

Rancor over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has largely overshadowed some states’ efforts to use the law to help them move as fast as possible to insure more people and increase control over insurance companies.

Minnesota, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., have leveraged more federal dollars to expand coverage of childless adults. Vermont is exploring a single-payer health care system that would phase out most private insurance, a strategy rejected by Congress as too radical for the rest of the nation. Oregon is focusing on preventive care and providing proven treatments.