Bill outlines VT governor's health care path

Source Burlington (VT) Free Press

The woman who Gov. Peter Shumlin hired to guide his health reform effort presented lawmakers Tuesday with the administration's roadmap–an 80-page bill–leading to a consolidated, publicly financed system that would provide medical coverage to all Vermonters. "We don't think we have all the answers, but we think we are putting in front of you a solid proposal for moving forward with major, meaningful health reform," Anya Rader Wallack, Shumlin's special assistant on health reform, told members of House Health Care and Senate Health and Welfare committees. "We know you will find ways to change and improve it." Democratic legislative leaders embraced the bill as a framework they would use to speedily write their own version. House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morristown, wants the House Health Committee to vote out a bill by the second week in March. The proposal created plenty of unease–among lawmakers as well as special interest groups for businesses and hospitals.