single-payer health care

Protesters demand action on single payer, condemn Shumlin’s reversal

A protester burns a medical bill in a demonstration against Gov. Peter Shumlin's decision not to pursue single payer health care in the next legislative session. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

A protest organized by the Vermont Workers’ Center sought to advance the cause of single payer health care, despite Gov. Shumlin’s decision that it is fiscally unworkable.

Special report: Emails show Shumlin administration down to the wire on single-payer financing

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Internal memos raise questions about Gruber contract, governor’s use of executive privilege, conflicts of interest and 2017 start date.

Judge rules against lawmaker over single payer documents

Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington. File Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

State Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington, had sued for access to documents on the development of single payer health care. A judge has ruled the documents are subject to executive privilege.

Gruber apologizes on Capitol Hill

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Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor hired by the Shumlin administration to conduct economic modeling of a single-payer health care plan, told Washington lawmakers Tuesday that he was sorry for remarks that referred to taxpayer “stupidity.”

Shumlin to unveil single-payer plan before the new year

Gov. Peter Shumlin spoke about his plans for the next term at a news conference Wednesday in Montpelier. Shumlin holds a lead over Republican Scott Milne in the general election, but neither candidate achieved a majority, leaving it up to the Legislature to choose the next governor. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Gov. Shumlin will reveal details of his single-payer health plan later this month. It faces an uncertain fate in the Legislature; Shumlin would not say whether he will seek a vote on the plan in 2015.

State auditor seeks more details on Gruber’s bills to state

MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber is a consultant on Vermont's examination of a publicly financed health care system. Courtesy photo

Auditor Doug Hoffer has requested more information about invoices submitted to the state by economist Jonathan Gruber. While he is not auditing Gruber’s work, Hoffer says the casual nature of Gruber’s billing practices raise questions.

Bare-bones invoicing, grad student work raises questions about state oversight of Gruber’s contract

MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber is a consultant on Vermont's examination of a publicly financed health care system. Courtesy photo

Bare-bones invoices billing for rounded numbers of hours and identical invoices for two separate months have led critics to question how state officials can be satisfied the bills submitted by Gruber are accurate.

Republicans request records of Gruber’s work for Vermont

MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber is a consultant on Vermont's examination of a publicly financed health care system. Courtesy photo

GOP lawmakers are seeking public records related to health care economist Jonathan Gruber’s work for the Shumlin Administration. They cite a need for transparency, given Gruber’s past remarks about health care politics.

Gruber agrees to take pay cut for single-payer work

MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber is a consultant on Vermont's examination of a publicly financed health care system. Courtesy photo

The state will make no further payments to Jonathan Gruber, following the recent discovery of controversial remarks by the health care consultant. Gruber’s team will be paid to finish work on a single-payer health care system.

It’s too late to fire MIT economist, Shumlin says

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Gov. Peter Shumlin said despite a series of disparaging remarks made by state-hired economist Jonathan Gruber, his expertise is needed to complete projections of the impact of a publicly funded health care system.

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Campaign for Vermont, GOP lawmakers join call for Gruber’s termination

Critics of the governor’s health care reform plans seized on the impolitic remarks of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber on Monday, urging the Shumlin administration to terminate his contract with the state. The policy advocacy group Campaign for Vermont has started a petition demanding that Gruber’s $400,000 economic modeling contract for the state’s planned single-payer program […]

Critics demand dismissal of Jonathan Gruber, the Shumlin administration’s health care analyst

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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.

Too soon for single-payer obituary, supporters say

Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell, D-Quechee, sits for an interview at his Statehouse office on Tuesday. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana

Publicly financed health care cannot be dismissed until the financing and benefits plans are shared, lawmakers say.

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