Single Payer …At Last !

Yes a Single Payer bill has passed…in Vermont. This is exactly where I would expect this type of bill to pass, by real and concerned people who have the Balls to see the truth and not discount it.  People are hurting and this Single Payer system would greatly improve the conditions under which the Residents of this wonderful State live. This is after all, the turf of none other than Senator Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy you see.

The Bill passed on March 24th 2011, under the Leadership of Governor Peter Shumlin, who said while being interviewed on The Rachel Maddow Show on April 26th, that he was confident he will be able to meet the requirements needed to get the waivers promised by President Obama… waivers that would be given three years early, to those States who met  said requirements.

President Obama’s Health Care law has a mandate to be followed. States need to have a waiver to institute any Health Care programs that do not follow the Mandate. President Obama has said that he is willing to support legislation that will allow these waivers to States who can find ways to expand health coverage to their Residents without driving up health care costs. States originally had to wait until 2017 before they could have obtained the waivers.

The Bill still has to move through the Senate, but all indications are that it will pass there as well. ”

This startling and welcome statement was given through vtdigger.org… ” BURLINGTON, Vt. – A local affiliate of a national physicians’ group says it has collected the names of more than 200 doctors from 39 states and the District of Columbia who say they would seriously consider moving to Vermont if it were to adopt a publicly financed, single-payer health care system. Many of the doctors are primary care physicians, who are in great demand in the state.”

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“Another 54 doctors-in-training, medical students, from around the country have said they’d also consider such a move, Dr. Peggy Carey said. She pointed to a regional medical student rally that happened on Saturday  March 26, at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier as further evidence of health-professional support for a single-payer system. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Peter Shumlin were among the speakers.”

This shows that Doctors are ready, willing and happy to have a Single Payer system to work with, which is exactly opposite to what the Right Wingers want you to believe. It is no secret that the Single payer option was shut out from the Health Care negotiations and was never considered. I fully expect other States to follow this fine example and get in line and offer Single Payer Health Care to their own Residents…maybe that is why President Obama did not press the issue, knowing he would be able to get around the issue with the offering of waivers.

Boston.com gives a great account here.

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