Reporter Kristin Carlson: As a past Governor do you have any advice for Governor Shumlin on how to deal with this problem?
Howard Dean: No, I actually think he's doing a pretty good job dealing with the problem. The reason is, he saw early on that this wasn't going to work on time and he's got some back up plans that are going to work, so I'm actually optimistic.
But Dean says the state should not have hired CGI to build the online health exchange. The Shumlin administration paid CGI -- $84 million -- twice the original contract amount. It's the same company working on the federal exchange. "The state exchanges are generally in better shape then the federal exchange. We are at a disadvantage because we used the same company the national exchange used.
Reporter Kristin Carlson: Do you think we shouldn't have?
Howard Dean: Of course I think we shouldn't but we did and how were we to know?
The health exchange roll out continues to dog Governor Shumlin. At an energy news conference Monday he tried to thread the needle between acknowledging problems and pushing people to sign up. Shumlin recounted the advice a supporter of Vermont Health Connect gave him over the weekend, "'Governor, I wish when you talk about challenges you faced -- I understand you faced plenty of them -- that you would tell people like me that it's working. I signed up and I'm mighty glad to have affordable health insurance. Because it seems like you are such a downer that a lot of us don't go to the web site anymore,'" Shumlin said.
Shumlin went on to say the web site is getting better everyday, but warned people not expect one big announcement that it is all fixed -- Rather, it will be fixed in stages. As of last week more than 3,000 people had signed up -- the goal is 100,000.
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The Burlington Yoga Conference began Saturday at UVM's Davis Center. The event gives participants a chance to connect the mind body and soul through workshops they may not have access to on a daily basis.More >>
The Burlington Yoga Conference began 6 years ago and has become a staple in the community.More >>
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A warning for pet owners in our region. Coyotes are on the prowl. A biologist in New Hampshire says he has received more than 10 calls recently, in the Keene, New Hampshire area, for a deer that was takenMore >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 9:21 PM EST2014-03-09 02:21:44 GMT
As spring approaches, many Vermont homeowners prepare to work on their houses - so they head to the Burlington Home Show. And many Vermont small business owners - with their products and services on displayMore >>
Many business owners at the Burlington Home Show say the new health care system in Vermont is helpful, but some say it's causing a real headache.More >>
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A rally at the State House in Montpelier Saturday. A passionate group of dozens of women, and men, assembled in front of the State House Saturday for the Women's March for Dignity. They were demandingMore >>
Women's March for Dignity say they are demanding lawmakers support paid sick day policies for all workers.More >>
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Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries. They were injured while fighting a at the Bennett Farm on Route 15 on the Johnson-Cambridge town line. The fire started in a shed around 7:30 FridayMore >>
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:42 GMT
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury. They immediately took to Facebook after hearing about this fire and started planning to collectMore >>
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury.More >>
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Reporter: "What are some of the most common burn injuries that we see with kids coming into the hospital?" Jim Esdon, Dartmouth Hitchcock Injury Prevention Center: "This time of year, the glass frontedMore >>
We've had another cold week that's left homeowners cranking the heat. But what does that mean for kids' safety?More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:19 AM EST2014-03-08 15:19:21 GMT
Armed with just two L rods, 87-year-old John Wayne Blassingame starts looking for water by asking yes or no questions. "Does it go past 20 feet, does it go past 30 feet, yah," he says. The rods crossingMore >>
A national organization based in Danville says it is providing resources to people in desperate need to find water.More >>