Statement from Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut Regarding VT Governor’s Retreat from Single-Payer Health Care Plan

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December 17, 2014

Contact: Lynne Ide, Director of Program & Policy 860-215-0206


This afternoon, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced that now is not the right time for Vermont to move forward in its effort to implement a single-payer health plan.

Statement from Lynne Ide, Director of Program & Policy, Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut:

Vermont’s retreat from its bid to realize single-payer health care for its residents is disappointing.  It illustrates just how hard it is to retool a complex, costly and dysfunctional health care system that is protected by powerful interests.  Yet it is encouraging to see that Vermont plans to continue to improve its health care system through several innovative programs that are well underway. 

Despite Vermont’s setback, Universal Health Care Foundation remains committed to shaping a health system that will work best for Connecticut.  We look forward to 2017, when the Affordable Care Act allows states to move beyond federal health reform.

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