universal health care

Senator Claire Ayer
Vermont Legislature

A Vermont legislator says she plans to push a publicly-funded health care plan in the upcoming legislative year.

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The Vermont Progressive Party has reaffirmed its support for a universal, publicly funded health care system for the state.

Vermont Workers Center

Last week Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin told Vermonters he would stop his efforts to implement single-payer health care in the state.  The decision has upset supporters, but they say it won’t stop efforts at the state or national level to implement single-payer. 

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's abandoning his long-held goal of creating the nation's first single-payer health care system.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

A coalition of labor and consumer advocacy organizations was at the Statehouse in Montpelier today to call on Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Legislature to take action and implement the state’s universal health care system. But critics of single-payer have said November’s closer than expected elections were a message from voters.

"Kicking the can down the road" is an idiom that means to defer something crucial in hopes that the problem will become someone else's responsibility. The other day it occurred to me that "kicking the can down the road" has become a trademark of contemporary governments worldwide -- from the European debt crisis, to the so-called sequester, to the decision to defer changing the tax on New York's wealthy until a non-election year.