Let’s hear it for Vermont Democrats!

Vermont, the first state to put the kibosh on slavery (in 1777!), is now showing the rest of the United States how to do health-care reform.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin

Both of the state’s legislative chambers have approved a bill aimed at true universal health care, unlike that “mandated insurance” thing enacted federally. Governor Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, will sign the bill into law any day now.

State House Bill 202 establishes a five-person panel tasked with changing Vermont’s health-care payment system to one that is eventually, with perhaps a few exceptions, single-payer.

Insurance companies hate the move, but the Green Mountain State stands to save huge sums in the administrative costs associated with health care. And, most importantly, rich and poor Vermonters alike will be able to rest assured that they can get the medical care they need.

Welcome to the compassionate civilized world, Vermont. May other states follow you instead of defending insurance companies’ “right” to wring profits out of health needs.

There’s good news on the other side of the continental United States, too. California, the country’s most populous state, has taken a tentative step towards a single-payer system. State Senator Mark Leno’s “California Universal Health Care Act” was approved by a committee of the upper house on May 6, bringing it a bit closer to becoming law.

As these measures progress – or, as seems plausible in Cali, get stymied by troglodytes – recall that the White House’s current occupant said as he was running for Prez that health care “should be a right,” not a privilege.

If only Barack Obama had stood firm in that position after inauguration.

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15 Responses to Let’s hear it for Vermont Democrats!

  1. osori says:

    Thanks Mike.
    We may have a shot here in California as well, the governator shot down moves towards state single payer twice, he’s hoping Brown allows it to pass. Be nice not to be looking at the emergency whenever my kid coughs or sneezes.

    • Stimpson says:

      I hope my pessimism regarding California is misplaced, Oso – for your family’s sake and for the sake of every California working person, whether or not they realize they need it.

      • Dusty says:

        With Gov Moonbeam following many of the same roads that The Governator did to cut funding for various programs for the disabled, old, etc.. I find the chance of Brown doing Universal healthcare slim and none at this point Oso.

        Plus, the Rethugs in the State Senate are real pigs. They are even refusing to allow we, the people, to vote on taxes, which is what Brown ran on and I agreed was a good thing. Let US the people make the decisions on taxation.

  2. If Canada did it one Province at a time, we can do it one State at a time.

    • Stimpson says:

      Yes, Vermont is playing the role of Saskatchewan in this case. Like Sask, it’s a small jurisdiction without any very big urban centres, and it’s got a strong sense of community.

  3. scaredstiff says:

    Vermont, the trendy state. I really hope this catches on but have my doubts for now.
    Being that some states are still back in the 50s, I’m thinking in about 100 years we all may have it. That is of course if China let’s us. My my, I’m feeling dismayed with the USA.

    • Stimpson says:

      It really is a shame the White House and certain House and Senate Dems sold out the people’s interests on health care. You all should at least have a robust public option by now.

  4. Jess says:

    Like Oso says, California One Care is making the rounds here, having been vetoed twice by the gropinator. Insurance companies have been lobbying hard and May 6th it passed through the state senate here. Here’s an overview on that one. Hey it might be like Canada, one state does it then the next and so on till all of us have it. http://californiaonecare.org/about-2/history-of-sb-810/

    • Dusty says:

      Jess, State-run Universal Healthcare is the last thing Gov Moonbeam is worried about right now. I don’t think the bill has been worked on since 2008 when Ahnold veto’d it and all the budget problems began.

  5. Jess says:

    Disregard my whole comment above. Everyone has said everything I have said with the exception of a little history about 810. Damn I hate when people are faster and smarter than I am.

  6. Norman says:

    SB810 here in California, we will see where it goes. Brown isn’t afraid to push other politicians, considering that he’s a two term Governor from the past. All things considered, I hope he doesn’t cave to any of the special interests that are ever present around the halls of power in our capital. So far, he has shown courage, isn’t above spreading the pain around, which is exactly what is needed to repair the damage that has been done in this State. The future is here, so, it’s going to take all the energy we can muster to achieve the goals that will turn this country around. Short term pain can produce long tern gain. We shall see. Or as someone said; “You don’t bull shit the bull shitter. Less I forget, a good post Mr. Stimpson.

  7. jackjodell53 says:

    Mike,
    That is great news indeed! BTW, when are you going to do an analysis here on what happened in your recent elections? I was shocked as hell at the utter collapse of the Liberals. Will the New Democratic Party arise from their ashes and knock those Tories back to minority status where they belong? And will the separatist movement in Quebec come roaring back to life now that Harper, a man that they HATE, has finally gotten his majority? Keep us posted if you will, my friend—our media is LOUSY in covering Canadian politics!

    • Stimpson says:

      Jack, I’ll say this about the Canadian election now: The collapse of the Corporate Liberal Party of Canada made me happy. The NDP is a far better, though still imperfect, representative for the working class than the Liberals have ever been. The New Dems are social democrats; the Libs are “centrists” who love big business.

      Having said that, I think the NDP success could be for just that one election. We’ll see.

      Otherwise, I’m afraid RT7 is not the place for more than brief commentaries on Canadian politics. I’ll mostly stick to U.S. politics – from a distinctly Canadian perspective, of course, with Canadian comparisons and illustrations – when writing here.

      • jackjodell53 says:

        Mike,
        We all look very forward to your commentary and input here at this blog. Call me a Social Democrat, too—I’ve had it with the milquetoasts and DINOs who permeate America’s Democratic Party!

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