At an event at Harvard’s School of Public Health on Tuesday, former Gov. Peter Shumlin spoke about why he was unable to deliver on single-payer health care.
The Vermont senator and his allies did not identify the cost of or funding source for such a program, which drew jeers from Republicans.
The attorney general’s office accused consultant Jonathan Gruber of overbilling for work on single-payer health care. Neither side owes the other under the settlement.
The former state senator from Windsor County said he would fix Vermont Health Connect, embrace payment reform under the all-payer model, and then enact universal primary care.
Both the Richter and Sterling proposals are basically incremental — they fall far short of the all-in-one-shot transfer of some $2.5 billion in health care financing that Shumlin finally walked away from. And both involve studies rather than government action, a bow to the overriding political reality that there is no realistic prospect for even incremental action in the upcoming legislative session.
Advocates want the Legislature to study an expansion of the state’s Medicaid subsidized health care program for low-income children. Dr. Dynasaur 2.0 would provide care to all Vermonters up to the age of 26. A 2 percent payroll tax may fund the program.
Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security will shut down next month after nearly a decade of pushing for extended health coverage.
While support for Gov. Peter Shumlin is at its lowest point, 64 percent of those responding to a VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey say he was right not to push for single payer health care.
Building off the same financing plan that Gov. Peter Shumlin used in deciding not to proceed with single payer, the study says the state can use progressive tax structures to provide universal care by 2017.
Invoices submitted by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, hired by the Shumlin administration to work on single payer health care, show discrepancies, State Auditor Doug Hoffer says.
Advocates for single payer health care argue that lawmakers should pick up where Gov. Peter Shumlin left off.
What exactly is it that the opponents of Green Mountain Care are so happy about?
Vermont Leads predicts that support will grow for a publicly financed health care program as high out-of-pocket costs, a tax on “Cadillac” health plans, and less generous benefits from employers become realities under the Affordable Care Act.
It would be presumptuous for state and Green Mountain Care bureaucrats to claim they could produce significant savings by managing $2.75 billion of Medicare and Medicare funds more efficiently than the federal government, which has been doing it for at least 40 years!