Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin announced at a hastily organized press conference in mid-December he would not pursue a single-payer health care plan in 2015. Shumlin cited the high tax burden that would be required to fund the plan as the main reason for his change in course.
The move was a significant setback for Shumlin, who had campaigned for governor this year as well as previously in part on his advocacy of a single-payer health care plan and had brought Vermont closer to enacting such a system than any other state in the country.
It was a long list of problems that felled Shumlin’s plan, said Darcie Johnston, head of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom.
“Vermont’s bad economy, the exposure of [Obamacare “guru”] Jonathan Gruber videos, Gruber’s inaccurate modeling in others states, and the enormous taxes that it would take to fund single payer all made it impossible for Shumlin to move forward,” Johnston told Health Care News.
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A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found consolidation between physician practices and hospitals may increase some forms of care coordination but leads to higher total expenditures per patient.
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