Vermont Gets Health Care Right
via Politics Plus
When Barack Obama announced a few months back that he would waive the ACA for any state that could do better, many on the left thought he was caving in to the Republicans, giving them their way again. I called that one right and credited him for putting the onus on Republicans, showing them up, because they would be unable to do better without a public option or single payer care. I knew that Republicans would not go there, but Vermont has done just that.
In a historic vote on Tuesday, the Vermont Legislature created the enabling legislation for a first-in-the-nation universal health care system. The state Senate approved the visionary plan for a single-payer system in a 21-9 vote after four hours of debate. The split was largely along party lines.
Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, campaigned on a promise to create a single-payer system in Vermont that would contain health care costs and give all of the state’s residents universal access to medical care. On Tuesday, Shumlin made good on the first step toward fulfilling that promise, and just five hours after the Senate vote, he marked the legislative victory in an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”