Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock is making it abundantly clear health care is his top priority this election cycle.
"If you don't like what's happening you can throw that person out of office and really see that you've made a change," Brock said.
Wednesday, Brock outlined a 25-point plan detailing ways Vermonters can curb health care costs. It includes reducing unnecessary tests ordered at hospitals, posting consumer ratings for insurance companies online and, above all, allowing Vermonters to purchase insurance outside the government mandated exchange.
"If the exchange is so good then why do we have to force people into it?" Brock asked.
Brock criticizes Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, for failing to provide a budget for Green Mountain Care before the November election.
"We still don't know what will be covered, how it will be covered, how much it will cost, the effect on our health care and on our providers, and, above all, we don't have any specifics on what it is we're doing," Brock said.
During the legislative session the governor told reporters a budget would be available by January 2013, now he's saying it could take longer.
"We will be putting together a budget over the next couple of years," Shumlin said. "I expect it will be implemented the biennium after this, once the Green Mountain Health Care Board designs a smart delivery system for the state."
Brock recently outlined his six-page health care proposal. Back in May, Shumlin signed the 377-page health care reform bill into law. Brock says to get from a six-page draft to a comprehensive plan he needs legislative support.
Even if he wins what polls indicate is an uphill election battle, Brock would face another struggle-- securing legislative support to repeal the health care reform bill signed into law and passed by a two-thirds majority this session.
"Randy Brock's proposal for health care will rise rates 200%-300% on those who really need health insurance and give the for profit industries more profits," Shumlin said.
There is one area they do agree: creating financial incentives for Vermonters leading healthy lifestyles.
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