Single-Payer Effort in Vt. Enters ‘Utility’ Phase

December 21, 2014 5:20 AM

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The push for health care reform in Vermont entered a new phase last week, when Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that he would abandon his attempt to design a system that used broad-based taxes and other public sources to replace premiums paid by employers and employees. The sticker shock of the necessary taxes and fees would just be too great, he said.

Although no longer united under the “single-payer” banner that so enthused progressives locally and nationally, reformers say they intend to continue to address deep-seated problems in Vermont’s health care system.

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