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Vermont House Passes Single-Payer Health Care

Source: AllGov

Posted on 28 Mar 2011

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Vermont has moved a step closer to becoming the first state in the nation to adopt a government-run, universal health care system, following the passage, by a 92-49 vote, of legislation in the state House of Representatives.
Under the proposed single-payer system, all Vermonters would be eligible for health coverage under a universal coverage program. Democrats insist the plan will ensure all residents have access to medical care and will reign in skyrocketing costs.
The Senate is expected to pass the legislation and send it to Governor Peter Shumlin, who campaigned to reform the state’s health care system.
The universal coverage would not go fully into effect for four years. First, a Green Mountain Care Board would be established in July to craft a payment plan for health care providers while figuring out an affordable way for Vermonters to access the new system.
On the national level, single-payer health care, also known as Medicare for All, has proven popular in polls, but was not seriously considered by either major political party during the long health care reform debate of the last two years.


Anthony Halby Mar 28 2011 1:15PM Report Abuse
I would ask...What is the cost going to be? Who will pay for it? Who is eligible?Will the doctors be paid the same as Medicare? How much unemployment will increase due to all the people associatated with Health Insurance in the State? Just a few questions.
Scott West Mar 28 2011 1:13PM Report Abuse
A state with a smaller population than the 6th largest city in Texas passes single payor. I would guess this might be a decent test case for a small U.S. city and hugely preferable to see how it works (after 10 years) before having the entire country jump on the bandwagon with Obamacare. That said, just how many folks aren't insured in Vermont? 10 or 10,000? Who is going to be picking up the subsidized tab (assuming that those who aren't insured do so for economic reasons, or because they are uninsurable (and can't access Medicare/Medicaid). Yes, an interesting experiment. Hope it works out.
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