Liberal Lawmakers Push AGAIN for Single Payer System
Democrats & Progressive Lawmakers More Out-Of-Touch Than Ever
Berlin, VT – In a bizarre demonstration of political tone-deafness, liberal lawmakers in the Vermont House and Senate are pushing, yet again, to create a taxpayer-financed health care system as a first step to single payer health care.
Yes, this is the same system that Peter Shumlin abandoned.
H.248 and S.53 would create a pathway to single payer health care coverage, without a clear mechanism to pay for it. Instead, the legislation calls for a “study” of ways to fund the single payer system — you know, just like Peter Shumlin who spent upwards of $1.6 million to “study” single payer.
Shumlin abandoned the plan after realizing it would cost $4.3 billion in 2017 alone, which would have been financed by income tax hikes and new double-digit payroll taxes.
Vermonters are struggling with a skyrocketing cost of living as it is. Mandating new taxes and imposing new costs would only further hurt those who can barely afford to make ends meet. Now more than ever, Democrats and Progressives in the Legislature are completely out of touch with the affordability crisis everyday Vermonters are facing.
Governor Scott’s administration has voiced their opposition to this legislation. The Governor’s top priorities are growing the economy, making Vermont more affordable, and protecting the most vulnerable. This legislation would do the exact opposite of these goals, and would move Vermont in the wrong direction.
13 Senate and 24 House Democrats and Progressives have sponsored this legislation. Many of these lawmakers were barely elected in 2016. Rep. Cynthia Weed (P/D—Enosburg Falls) won by only 12 votes, Senator Francis Brooks (D—Washington District) won by just 0.2 percent, Rep. Terence MaCcaig (D—Willison) won by a mere 3 percent, and Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman (P/D—Middletown Springs) won by less than 4 percent.