Vermont Leads believes that every Vermont resident has the right to affordable, comprehensive health care through a publicly funded system. Vermont Leads works to achieve this through a combination of grassroots organizing, public education, and political action.
Vermont is on a path to create the nation’s first universal, publicly funded health care system by 2017. The confidence of Vermonters about our ability to achieve that goal has been shaken today with the announcement that the Vermont Health Connect website will be down for the next two months in order to ensure it is operational for the 2015 open enrollment period which begins November 15. The technological problems with the website are directly related to the federally mandates governing Vermont Health Connect, mandates that would not be necessary for Vermont’s single payer system.
I believe that the problems the Vermont Health Connect website, while very serious for those seeking health care coverage today, reinforces the need to abandon our current administratively complex health care system based on competing insurance companies. We must continue our move to a Dr Dynasaur for All-like, publicly funded, single, low cost plan that every Vermonter is eligible for.
Vermont needs a universal system that is publicly financed through equitable taxes and fully meets our communities’ healthcare needs.
We urge our elected officials to recommit to Act 48, which states: “The purpose of Green Mountain Care is to provide, as a public good, comprehensive, affordable, high-quality, publicly financed health care coverage for all Vermont residents in a seamless and equitable manner regardless of income, assets, health status, or availability of other health coverage.” (33 V.S.A. § 1821)
We are proud to be gathering signatures with a broad coalition of single payer supporters: