Shumlin to speak about health care at Harvard on Tuesday

Peter Shumlin
Gov. Peter Shumlin delivers his farewell address to the Legislature on Wednesday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
Former Gov. Peter Shumlin will speak at Harvard on Tuesday about lessons he learned from his failed effort to create a single-payer health care system.

Shumlin, who served as governor from 2011 to 2017, promised a single-payer health care system for Vermont when he ran for governor. He abandoned that plan in December 2014 after determining the taxes to support it would be too high.

Shumlin instead pursued an all-payer model: a system in which one health reform company, OneCare Vermont, coordinates care for nearly every doctor and hospital in the state.

Shumlin signed a deal to create an all-payer model with the federal government in October 2016. He said the new plan would “energize our economy, improve our health care system, and improve our quality of life for Vermonters.”

Shumlin has moved back to Windham County and is now a visiting fellow at the The Institute of Politics at Harvard University. He will give the speech for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The live stream will be available here.

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