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Opinion: Corporate interests are winning the health care battle

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



I have some questions about Gov. Shumlin’s recent cessation of universal single-payer tax-supported health care for Vermont.

Was there a coalition of conservative Democratic and Republican legislators who threatened to vote for the Republican candidate for governor if Shumlin carried out his plan to implement Act 48?

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Opinion: The long fight for a single-payer system is not dead

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



Gov. Shumlin’s decision to suspend moving forward on the financing package for single payer in the coming legislative session does not mean that the dream of health care as a public good in Vermont is dead. At his press conference announcing his decision to not pursue single-payer financing in 2015, the governor stated that “now is not the right time.” But he also made clear that Vermonters must not abandon the goal of universal publicly financed health care stated in Act 48.

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Opinion: Milne deserves to be elected

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By Edward Payne



Dear Legislators,

Consider the possibility that Mr. Shumlin should have had some knowledge prior to his announcement that the single-payer program would be too expensive. After all, he was two years in arrears in reporting to you, the Vermont legislator.

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Opinion: Economy dooms single-payer

Posted on December 23, 2014 |
By C.W. Cobb



As so often happens with liberal fantasies of a welfare state utopia, the balloon of single payer was pricked by the pin of economic reality.

C.W. Cobb

Middlebury

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Eric Davis: Health care decision no surprise

Posted on December 23, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



Gov. Shumlin announced last Wednesday that “it is not the right time” to introduce a single-payer health care system in Vermont. He said he would not propose such a plan to the Legislature in 2015.

A version of a financing plan for single-payer that was leaked to the press earlier this month received a strongly negative reaction, so the governor’s decision to abandon further action is not a surprise.

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Editorial: By nixing single-payer, Shumlin makes a realistic call

Posted on December 18, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



On Wednesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin did what leaders are supposed to do: he led. He made the tough decision to nix the push to a statewide single-payer health care system because the financial impact was too great a risk to the state’s economy, at this time, and would put too great a burden on individuals and businesses.

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Shumlin says state can't afford single-payer — for now

Posted on December 17, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday put the brakes on the state’s multi-year quest to convert to a universal, single-payer health care system, saying the cost and financing scheme of such a plan would be “detrimental to Vermonters, employers and the state’s economy overall.”

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Opinion: Single-payer no Medicare threat

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



Recent letters and news stories have expressed the fear that a Vermont based single-payer system would be a threat to Medicare. This is simply untrue and here is why. The law that set Vermont on the path to single payer specifies on its very first page that Green Mountain Care will cover all Vermonters “regardless of income, assets, health status, or availability of other health coverage.” Also, federal law does not allow for any state to take away Medicare or change Medicare benefits for seniors.

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Greg Dennis: Lies that liberals tell themselves

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



I am, by any contemporary definition, a political liberal. No other approach seems to me both practical and morally justifiable.

But I’ve got enough journalistic skepticism to know that not all the liberal truths are really true. And not seeing the truth, in all its nuances, can be dangerous for any political philosophy. (See pre-World War II isolationism; or “We can bring democracy to the Mideast by invading Iraq.”)

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Opinion: Single-payer is the right move for Vermont

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Peter Sterling



This week’s writer is Peter Sterling, director of Vermont Leads, a nonprofit organization working to educate the public about the advantages of implementing a publicly funded, universal access health care system in Vermont.

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