Democrats and Republicans in Congress are in full combat over the future of Obamacare. Three of the key issues they’re debating are Medicaid expansion, the individual mandate and the Cost Sharing Reduction.
Are Vermonters dumb enough to fall for this costly foolishness all over again?
Coupled with his rejection of a carbon tax and its fallback euphemism “carbon pricing,” it looks like the most Scott will accept from his commission might be tax credits and sales tax exemptions for people who buy pricey electric and hybrid vehicles and some energy efficiency products.
The real battle for the soul of Vermont is over the extent to which the people in control of state government will force their idea of community on people who rarely have much in common.
The smoke has cleared from the legislative battlefield of 2017, and it’s a good time to review the outcome to see who got what — and what lies ahead.
Apparently those Democrats haven’t taken a close look at Vermont’s pioneering experience with single payer, which ended with Gov. Shumlin’s embarrassing abandonment of the idea in late 2014.
“If 40-50 percent of our health care spending results from poor patient choices, how can we find more effective ways to influence patients to make better choices, and so reduce the enormous expenditures that they are causing?”
“Could we pause just a moment to look at four threats that unarguably have the potential to cripple or even destroy American and global civilization?”
Not so long ago – 2015 – the carbon tax was all the rage among such organizations as VPIRG, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Conservation Law Foundation, and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.