Thursday, legislators and advocates opposed to single-payer once again voiced displeasure with reform set for 2017. At issue-- a legislatively mandated financing report. In January, Shumlin administration officials released the report a bit late and without a defined financing plan.
"Vermonters were promised answers to these questions in 2011," said Rep. Don Turner, R-Milton. "They were due this year. Is it right to make them wait another 2 years?"
The administration told reporters detailed tax policy proposals can wait after federal administrators rejected the state's request to begin the single-payer experiment early, allowing planners and the public extra time. But based on agendas and emails reviewed following a documents request, skeptics say leaders may have canned unappetizing projections.
"We are now seeking information that we know must exist, but has not been released," said Jeff Wennberg of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom.
"There's a subtext here that somehow we saw some pieces of a plan or a whole plan that scared us and we decided not to put it on the table, and that is patently false," Vt. Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding said.
Spaulding says he doesn't dispute most of the findings or details presented by critics, just their conclusions.
"What the report did is look at the cost side of the equation," Spaulding said.
Spaulding says money spent on taxes did make it into the report. He says he expects a savings of $500 million once implemented, but also notes that if the projections don't indicate savings; plans for single-payer will be dropped.
Wennberg says no matter what the numbers, his stance on single-payer won't change.
Tuesday, March 11 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-03-11 21:59:43 GMT
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