Vermont Continues Working Towards A Universal Health Care System

By: Wednesday April 25, 2012 9:04 am

The government of Vermont continues to chug along with their multi-year plan to establish a universal health care system modeled on single payer. The most recent step is that the two chambers of the legislature have approved a new bill creating the health care exchange required by the Affordable Care Act.  From the Bennington Banner: [...]

Study: Vermont’s Universal Health System Will Significantly Slow Health Care Spending

By: Wednesday November 2, 2011 12:08 pm

The implementation of the new universal health care law adopted by Vermont earlier this year will result in system wide health care savings there of between 5.5 percent and 18.3 percent in the year 2020, according to a new report (PDF) by the Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office. Vermont’s new health care system will be [...]

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer Calls for States to Move Towards Single Payer

By: Thursday September 29, 2011 7:35 am

Montana’s Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer believes his state should follow Vermont’s lead in progressive health care reform at the state level. He plans to ask the federal government to grant Montana waivers to adopt a better system modeled after the one used in the neighboring Canadian province of Saskatchewan. From the Billings Gazette: Schweitzer told [...]

A Plurality Supports Vermont’s New Progressive Health Care Law

By: Tuesday August 9, 2011 8:43 am

Earlier in the year the state of Vermont passed a truly progressive health care reform law that puts the state on a path to eventually creating a single payer like universal health care system. The new health care law currently enjoys plurality support in the state according to a new PPP poll. Do you support [...]

Families USA Working Against Vermont’s Efforts to Quickly Get Waiver for Single Payer

By: Thursday June 16, 2011 12:51 pm

In classic veal pen fashion Families USA is working against Vermont’s attempts to get the waivers,as soon as possible, it would need to move the state towards a single payer health care system. Families USA does claim to support Vermont’s reform effort, but just happens to opposes the very law needed to help make it happen in a timely manner.

As Karl Rove Targets Waivers, We Need to Protect Vermont’s Path to Single-Payer

By: Saturday June 11, 2011 9:47 am

Single-payer health care was pushed out of the health care debate long before Congress voted in 2010. We’re determined to make sure that doesn’t happen again…but Karl Rove is already on the move. We must set the terms of the debate now, before Rove unleashes his inevitable attacks on Vermont. In order to build up our campaign for Vermont’s waivers early, we need to raise $15,000 before Rove turns his sights on Vermont.

Choosing Our Health Care Future: Follow Peter Shumlin or Paul Ryan?

By: Friday May 27, 2011 2:15 pm

On the monumental issue of how to deal with rising health care costs, there are no two political leaders in America whose actions are more diametrically opposed than Democratic Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Ryan wants to privatize Medicare, destroying America’s extremely popular and effective single-payer system for [...]

Vermont’s Road to Single Payer: Waivers, Waivers and More Waivers

By: Thursday May 26, 2011 10:22 am

Getting waivers from HHS is going to be an important part of any state plan to implement their own single payer system.  And President Obama has already expressed his support for allowing states to begin receiving waivers from the ACA in 2014 rather than 2017.   That’s why FDL is joining with PNHP to ask both the President and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius to commit to granting Vermont the waivers it needs to make Green Mountain Care the best program it can possibly be for the people of Vermont.

You can sign the petition here.

Bill That Moves Vermont Closer to Single Payer Approved by State House

By: Friday March 25, 2011 1:50 pm

Yesterday evening, the Vermont House of Representatives passed H.202, which will move the state toward adopting a single-payer-like universal health care system for all the people of Vermont. From the Brattleboro Reformer: The Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill calling for a single-payer system Thursday afternoon, putting the state on a path to become [...]

Vermont’s Potential Public Option Proposal Lacks Potential

By: Friday January 21, 2011 6:50 am

In addition to two different single-payer designs presented to the Vermont legislature by Dr. William Hsiao, his group of policy experts also included Option 2 – The Public Option. The “public option” proposal is very unimpressive and uncreative. It seems like it didn’t get very serious attention from a commission clearly more focused single payer. [...]

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