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single-payer health care
Governor says administration and legislative leaders will have financing plan “ready to be passed at the beginning of the next biennium.”
Promoting better coordination in the delivery of health care as well as providing wrap-around follow-up services, the ACO concept is at first seductive. But we do not need a for-profit monopoly of our health care dollars in Vermont.
The governor must come forward with a comprehensive and straightforward report to the people of Vermont on the status of his health care initiative. Emphasis should be on the real prospects of achieving a single payer system, how low-income Vermonters will be served and how medical services are going to be affected as a result of health care expenditure cutting.
The advisory council, to be chaired by David Coates, will meet with the governor and his top leadership team behind closed doors, but major funding structures will be developed in the public eye.
Gov. Shumlin wants as many lives as possible to receive tax credits through the exchange, so in 2017 he can get the federal government to cash out the tax credits and write the state a big check to help finance Green Mountain Care.
While the politics of a single payer plan play out, small businesses are unable to make important decisions – like whether to expand and create more jobs.
The temptation to reject inconvenient poll data is by no means unique to Vermont.
Results from the Castleton Polling Institute’s latest survey show that Vermonters are torn on whether the state should proceed with a publicly financed, single payer health care system. According to the poll of 617 Vermonters from a range of ages, income brackets and regions of the state: 52 percent are in favor of a single payer [...]
What we have right now is an informal system which, despite its many imperfections, generates substantial employer contributions, is graduated, exempts the majority of small business, and on average provides a level of coverage nearly equal to the “platinum standard” under the federal Affordable Care Act.
The crux of the proposal, which is light on specific numbers, calls for leveraging higher taxes on personal income, personal wealth and corporate income.