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Staff blog: Gov. Shumlin on the Rachel Maddow Show

Posted on April 27, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



Since Tuesday, Vermont's gotten some national coverage on the topic of health care reform, not the least of which were Gov. Peter Shumlin's appearance on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC (video below) and on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show.

The occasion for Shumlin's appearances — and the national attention — was the passage of S.57 in the Vermont Senate, which sets the state on track to offer health insurance to all Vermonters. A committee will now reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill before it heads to Shumlin's desk.

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Health care, pot holes, taxes arouse county breakfast-goers

Posted on April 21, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

WEYBRIDGE — Local lawmakers on Monday cited the so-called “provider tax” as a prime reason the state should scrap the current health care system and adopt a single-payer plan.

The House recently passed an increase in the provider tax that is assessed to hospitals, home health care agencies and other providers. It has now been extended to third-party health insurance claims.

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Shumlin stresses jobs, health care, and no new taxes

Posted on April 7, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday praised lawmakers for supporting a 2011 legislative agenda he predicted will lift the state to economy to heights unseen since the tech boom of the 1990s.

“I am really proud of the work that the Legislature has done,” Shumlin said at the weekly Legislative Breakfast held at the Middlebury American Legion. “We are united in what the challenge has been.”

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Locals add voice to single-payer health care debate

Posted on March 17, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — One by one, they took to the microphones on Monday in all corners of the state to give legislators an earful about plans to revamp Vermont’s health care system.

Though separated by the many miles between the 15 Vermont Interactive Television (VIT) sites, the dozens of speakers primarily spoke in a unified voice tinged with individual health care horror stories. Their message to Vermont lawmakers: Adopt a universal access, single-payer system.

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Insider pans health insurance sector

 

BURLINGTON — Wendell Potter might be considered the health insurance industry’s enemy number one.

After leaving his executive position at the insurance giant Cigna in 2008, he has fought relentlessly for equitable U.S. health care reform. Addressing Capitol Hill, often featured in the national media and authoring the recent book “Deadly Spin,” Potter is on the warpath to bring the health insurance industry’s most backhanded motives into the spotlight.

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Rising state tax puts Porter in a bind

Posted on February 17, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital’s ability to participate in Vermont’s health care reform effort could be severely hampered by state budget proposals that would further erode the Middlebury institution’s fragile bottom line.

That was the message on Tuesday from key Porter Hospital officials who face the perennial challenge of delivering cutting edge medical services to a population that is increasingly unable to afford them.

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Lawmakers brace for many difficult budget decisions

Posted on February 17, 2011 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — As if health care reform weren’t shaping up as a tough enough challenge, lawmakers this session will participate in crafting a 2011-2012 state budget that is already facing a $176 million revenue shortfall.

Local legislators outlined some of the many looming budget challenges at a legislative breakfast on Monday at the Bristol American Legion headquarters.

House and Senate members are poring over a fiscal year 2012 budget draft that features a lot of cuts and some revenue adjustments.

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