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The Connecticut State Senate President, Don Williams (pictured), told a story to an area audience of a dentist in his district in northeast Connecticut who was the only dentist in the whole area to accept HUSKY, the state’s insurance plan for low-income families. When the doctor died, the children he had cared for had nowhere to go within a reasonable distance for care.

Just 4 percent of the state’s 2,500 dentists accept HUSKY insurance. That was but one example of the broken health care system Williams said is too expensive not to fix. At a standing-room-only forum Monday night at Hamden’s Miller senior center, Williams was joined by almost a dozen other state legislators, who came to support the Democrats’ health care reform plan, HealthFirst Connecticut. The basic idea is eventually to create a single payer system by expanding Medicare to cover the whole population.

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