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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 09:06 AM

Vermont Democrats Go South On Single Payer

“Vermont…is the only state with universal single-payer health coverage for its residents.”

–James Fallows in The Atlantic, April, 2014

For nearly four years, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has been basking in the glow of press accolades like the one above.

Unfortunately, what was often misreported nationally as a done deal was far from it, in Montpelier, the state’s capital.

Top Democrats in the legislature were, in reality, not enthusiastic about providing tax-supported universal coverage. Shumlin’s postponement of key financing decisions until after his re-election this fall reflected his own ambivalence about the cost and complexity of the project.

On Wednesday, December 17, the governor called a statehouse press conference to make a “major announcement.” That turned out to be good news for single payer foes locally and nationally—and bad news for campaigners to make “health care a human right.”


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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 09:21 AM

1. Until "how do we pay for it" gets answered or at least addressed, single payer advocacy can not be


considered serious.

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 09:45 AM

2. Unfortunately the answer will always be.....


"additional revenue" which means taxes, which means the overgrown spoiled children of this country will never accept it as an option.

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Response to vi5 (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 21, 2014, 11:01 AM

3. I wouldn't say never. The rate of growth of medical expenses (with or without insurance) is

so exponential.
coupled with the middle class falling into the low-income class.

eventually people may see the necessity.
unfortunately, they have the media, which convince them to act (and vote) against their own best interests.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Tue Dec 23, 2014, 12:27 AM

4. obscene profits and psychotic middlemen are part of our healthcare system


for at least another 50 years now. The window for getting them out closed when the president signed heritage care into law. My advice is to buy stocks in the death industry. Then at least a few pennies of what they steal from you will be recovered. Maybe suck up to a healthcare CEO, spend some time on one of his boats. And maybe think about not voting for a "private sector solution" person for president next time.

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