Conservatives are holding up remarks made a year ago as proof that Jonathan Gruber, who bills himself as an architect of the Affordable Care Act, intentionally misled the American public when he worked for the Obama administration. In a video clip, Gruber says a “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” in getting legislation passed.
The state’s health insurance website, Vermont Health Connect, is up and running again. On Saturday, the first day of enrollment, the site, which has been plagued by glitches, was working, according to Lawrence Miller, the Shumlin administration’s health care reform guru. “We have not had any problems reported to today,” Miller said on Sunday. The […]
Republican leaders say lawmakers must draft legislation immediately because “the chaos and mismanagement continues.” Minority leader Don vowed to work with Democrats and Progressives to develop a bipartisan proposal that would be taken up the first week in January and signed into law before the budget address.
The Democrats have said they will not use Medicare to help fund Shumlin’s single-payer initiative. While intent language in Act 48, the 2011 legislative framework for health care reform, mentions state administration of Medicare funds, the state cannot handle claims or provider reimbursements. Vermont is part of a regional Medicare administration system.
Pulitzer-prize winning poet Galway Kinnell died of leukemia at home in Sheffield on Wednesday. He was 87. Kinnell was famous for his lyrical style and unflinching, direct examination of the unpleasant and the profound. He won the National Book Award, according to his New York Times obituary, “for a body of poetry that pushed deep […]
L.L. Bean will hold a three-day grand opening celebration at Burlington Town Center on Nov. 7-9. The event includes giveaways, seminars, clinics and the famous Bootmobile, according to a press release from the Freeport, Maine company. On Friday, when the doors open at 9 a.m. L.L. Bean will give away gift cards to the first […]
Districts could see a $39 million statewide drop in health care premium costs if school districts offered gold level insurance plans to school staff under the exchange. Under a single payer initiative, school districts could save between $83 million and $119 million in premiums, and taxpayers would see a drop in property tax rates of between 8 cents and 12 cents per $100 of assessed property.
Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star U.S. Army general Colin L. Powell will give a a presentation at Norwich University on Veterans Day, on Nov. 11. Powell will deliver remarks for the Todd Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in Shapiro Field House. Powell has served four presidents as a military and diplomatic expert […]
The voter registration deadline for the Nov. 4 General Election is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. Voters can register at town clerk’s offices or by mail. The Secretary of State’s website offers voter registration forms that can be mailed to local town clerks. Click here to download the voter registration form. For information about voter […]