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.