Eyes on Vermont!
When I read Vermont’s Single Payer Salvation I became hopeful again concerning health care reform and Single Payer advocacy. I’ve blogged about Single Payer a few times, Single Payer for California! and Single Payer Here We Come. In each of my blogs I’ve commented on what Single Payer is and how it would benefit the state of California; only to be disappointed by the deep pockets of the insurance lobbyists campaigning to weaken current legislation in California.
However Vermont’s new Democratic Governor Peter Shumin supports Single Payer. Shumin campaigned for Single Payer, calling Vermont’s current health care system “broken”.
If enacted, which appears likely, it will be the first system of its kind in the United States, and Vermont would become the first state to abolish most forms of private health insurance.
To be rid of the current private health care insurance corporations running and ruining so many people’s lives, I feel is something that most Americans want.
The annual savings that would be created by the system, however, do appear to be popular among lawmakers and public officials. An estimate of the single-payer system could save the state at least $580 million yearly, or $1.2 billion by 2019, and create 4,000 jobs because the burden of rising healthcare costs would be lifted from businesses.
It’s very easy to see the Win – Win situation by creating a Single Payer system for the state of Vermont. Saving money, creating jobs and saving lives. My fingers are crossed for you and my eyes are on you Vermont.
I would also like to point out, while other Republican governors are taking workers rights away and taxing the middle class, Governor Shumin seems to have the people of Vermont best interest in mind. I applaud him!! Hopefully more state leaders will learn from his example and the rest of the 50 states will have a Single Payer Health Care System!
Thanks for reading.