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Progressive Legislator on Difficulty of Moving to Universal Health Care

Vermont House Progressive Party caucus chair, Chris Pearson shares his conclusions about the difficulties in moving to a publicly funded universal health care system. This follows on Governor Shumlin's decision that "now is not the time" to move forward on universal health care and a statement by Progressive Party vice chair

Economic Bottom Line: Legislature Should Proceed with Universal Health Care

Healthcare economist Professor Gerald Friedman’s analyzes Governor Shumlin’s report, Green Mountain Care: A Comprehensive Model for Building Vermont’s Universal Health Care System, finding that even with some faulty assumptions it makes a case that the Vermont legislature needs to go ahead with implementing publicly financed universal healthcare. The ultimate economic bottom line is whether better health care can be provided at a lower cost to the community.

Governor’s Dropping Ball on Universal Healthcare - an Economic or a Political Decision?

Professor Gerald Friedman, healthcare economist at the UMass, Amherst Economics Department, responds to Governor Shumlin's announcement that moving Vermont to universal healthcare is "unwise and untenable at this time." On the basis of the information that the Administration provided, Friedman concludes that the Governor is abandoning Vermont’s universal healthcare plan because it is slightly more expensive than expected; his decision is clearly driven by political rather than economic concerns.

FairPoint Service Quality & the E911 Debacle

FairPoint strikers Mike O’Day and Greg Guyette, members of CWA Local 1400, discuss the general break down of FairPoint service quality and the November 28th Emergency 911 outage, when some 100 attempted emergency calls in Vermont could not be completed. It took close to 18 hours for FairPoint to see which ones were emergency calls and provide that list to the state.