Vermont Leads Releases Final Round of Pro-Universal Health Care Candidate Endorsements

Montpelier—Vermont Leads today announced its final list of endorsements of legislative candidates supporting the creation of Green Mountain Care to make Vermont the first state in the nation with a universal, publicly funded single payer health care system.
In the House, Vermont Leads is endorsing 61 incumbents and 12 challengers and 16 incumbents and six challengers in the Senate (see complete list below).

“I am encouraged that so many candidates are truly committed to making sure every Vermonter has access to publicly funded, affordable and high quality health care. On Election Day, I believe the vast majority of Vermonters are going to have the opportunity to vote for a candidate who supports universal health care. I don’t believe residents of any other state in the nation can make that claim” said Vermont Leads Director Peter Sterling.
To receive an endorsement, a candidate has to have either voted for Act 48 or satisfactorily completed the Vermont Leads questionnaire. The only exceptions are candidates who have taken a subsequent position against meeting the goals of Act 48 such as sponsoring H.858, which would have delayed the implementation of Green Mountain Care.

Vermont Leads intends to support these candidates through direct donations, get-out-the-vote work and volunteer recruitment. In addition, Vermont Leads will continue its public education efforts around the need to create a universal publicly funded health care system.

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This entry was posted on September 18, 2014.

VT Health Connect Website Shutdown and Single Payer

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.

Peter Sterling

This entry was posted on September 16, 2014.