Health Care Financing

Date: March 19, 2014

During the first few days of the current Legislative session back in January, Governor Shumlin took the unusual step of directly addressing the Legislature’s Joint Health Care Committees.  Throughout his remarks he clearly stated that he was still enthusiastically dedicated to the idea of moving Vermont towards a single payer healthcare system.  He also promised during that meeting that he would deliver a single payer financing plan to the legislature this spring.  He made this promise after having missed the statutory deadline in January 2013, last year.  However, on March 10, the Governor reneged on his commitment and said that his Administration would not be presenting a financing plan this year. “We’re not ready, it’s as simple as that,… All I’m saying is let’s get this right. That’s more important than meeting some arbitrary deadlines.” Shumlin stated at a press conference.


The Governor was unequivocal in his belief that the delay in presenting financing options would not set back Vermont’s plan to launch Green Mountain Care in 2017. “We’re going to take the time we need to get it right without slowing down, I hope, the goal of having this done on January 1st, 2017,” he said.


However, the further delay was immediately seized upon by both Democrats and Republicans.  For their part, Republicans have accused Shumlin of playing politics with his financing plans, saying that he’s putting off revealing tax options that could be unpopular until after the 2014 elections.  It is widely believed that some sort of elevated payroll tax on Vermont employers will be required to fund a single payer system.  Many Democrats were equally critical of the Governor.  Soon after the Governor’s announcement, Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington, sent a public records request to Shumlin’s health care financing expert asking to see the work he’s completed thus far on tax options to pay for Green Mountain Care.  She was clearly frustrated by Shumlin’s decision to delay the presentation of financing options to lawmakers. “It is past time that this administration was asked to stand and deliver,” Browning stated.  She believes that there are many Democrats who support single-payer, but want to know how the Administration plans to pay for it.


Contact legislator(s), members can also leave a message for your legislator(s) at 800-322-5616.  Members should also contact the House Speaker Shap Smith,, 802 -828-2245, Senate Pres Pro-Tem John Campbell,, 802-828-3806, and Governor Peter Shumlin,, 800-649-6825.


Contact members of the Governor's Business Advisory Council on Health Care Financing and urge them to ask the Governor for his plan. 


David Coates

295 Coates Island Rd.

Colchester, VT 05446-5790



Ernie Pomerleau

Pomerleau Real Estate

69 College Street

Burlington VT, 05401

Tel: 802-863-8210



Steve Voigt

King Arthur Flour

135 US Rte. 5 South

Norwich VT, 05055

Tel: 800-827-6836



Sarah Byers, Owner/President

Leonardo’s Pizza

P.O. Box 486

Burlington, VT 05402

Tel: 802-863-8404



Andrew Brewer

Onion River Sports

20 Langdon St.

Montpelier, VT 05602

Tel: 802-229-9409



Win Smith

Sugarbush Resort

Sugarbush Access Rd.

Warren, VT 05674

Tel:  802-583-6300



Bob Britt, CFO

SB Electronics

81 Parker Road

Barre, VT 05641

Tel: 802-476-4146



Barbara Grimes

Burlington Electric Department

585 Pine Street

Burlington, VT 05401-4891

Tel: 802-658-0300



Tom Torti

Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce

60 Main Street, Suite 100

Burlington, VT 05401

Tel:  802-863-3489 ext. 202



Lisa Ventriss

Vermont Business Roundtable

30 Kimball Avenue, Suite 302

South Burlington, Vermont 05403

Tel: 802-865-0410



Paul Millman


10 Imtec Lane

Bellows Falls, VT 05101

Tel: 802-428-2500



Ken Perine

National Bank of Middlebury

30 Main Street

Middlebury, VT 05753

Tel:  877-508-8455



Larry Cassidy

Windham and Windsor Housing Trust

68 Birge Street

Brattleboro, VT 05301

Tel:  802-254-4604



John Valente

Ryan, Smith, and Carbine, Ltd

98 Merchants Row, PO Box 310

Rutland, VT 05702-0310

Tel: 802-786-1037


Don Mayer

Small Dog Electronics

1673 Main Street

Waitsfield, VT 05673

Tel: 802-496-7171 x611



Janet Bombardier



Essex Junction, VT, 05452

Tel: 802-769-6090



Bram Kleppner

Danforth Pewter

52 Seymour St, PO Box 828

Middlebury, VT 05753

Tel: 802-388-8666 x233



Kerry O’Brien


472 Meadowland Drive, Suite 10 south

Burlington, VT 05403

Tel: 800-506-6880


Tim Briglin

Tuckerman Capital

80 South Main Street Hanover, NH 03755

Tel: 603-640-2291



Dimitri Garder


395 Shields Drive

Bennington, VT 05201

Tel: 802-445-1011


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