So what happens if Scott Brown and Ron Wyden get their way and the waiver moves up to 2014? Will Vermont use it?
We believe Vermont stands a chance to be the first state in the nation to pass single-payer. The governor-elect campaigned on it, and we have support in the House and Senate. We’re not asking for one nickel more than we’d otherwise get. The other thing we think we have an opportunity to do is reach out to our conservative friends and say, hey, Vermont wants to go forward with a single-payer system, and Mississippi and Alabama don’t, but maybe they have other ideas. Now, we’re conscious of the need to make sure that the health-care reform bill’s standards aren’t diminished. So everyone needs to provide the same quality of health care as the bill provides and at the same, or lower, price. But if they can do that, then they should be able to go for it.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Socialized Medicine, For Real
Vermont, the state that brought us civil unions, may eventually blaze another trail, according to real live socialist Bernie Sanders: