VT-NEA Lays Out Expectations for Single Payer Advocacy (VIDEO)

by Rob Roper

Joel Cook, the executive director for the Vermont National Education Association (VT-NEA) testified before the House Committee on Healthcare, laying out what his union expects from the legislature as it considers the details of a single payer healthcare system.

Cook was quick to point out that his union has invested heavily in the public relations efforts supporting single payer. “We helped create the Vermont Healthcare Security Campaign…. And, more recently, I think you know, we obtained funding to support an external advocacy effort around moving the state closer to accepting Green Mountain Care in good form.”

“Good form” is defined by Cook as a guarantee that his and other labor union members, of which he counts 100,000 households, be held harmless when it comes to actually paying for single payer. He stated, “In the absence of some transitional protections, [union members] stand to lose substantial amount of compensation” under a single payer system. Cook goes on with a telegraphing smirk befitting Tony Soprano, “And that doesn’t feel right in exchange for the level of support that unions in general and the Vermont NEA in particular have provided this effort so far.”

This begs one question for rank and file union members: Why is your leadership using your dues to advocate for a system in which, in the absence of protections, you stand to lose substantial compensation?

Of course, Cook insists that the VT-NEA’s investments in propping up Green Mountain Care and his requests for special protections under the new system do not represent a “quid pro quo.” But you can watch the VIDEO and judge for yourself.

4 thoughts on “VT-NEA Lays Out Expectations for Single Payer Advocacy (VIDEO)

  1. No wonder the legislature is frightened of Vt NEA. If they don’t dance the dance, they lose the financial backing of the union. So much for open and honest debate. Union members should have a voice in how their dues are spent, but alas, it’s sit down, shut up and do as you are told because WE know best!

  2. Vermonter’s should all be up in arms over this turn of events by VT NEA, who are literally seeking to hold the Legislature hostage claiming that their financial support for Mr. Shumlin and his agenda should be rewarded by pushing the whole idea of single payer government funded health insurance to the limit regardless of the ultimate outcome and outlandish costs to the common people. I support fair wages to teachers, but there’s a limit when what they are paid and their benefits far out stretch the income of others. This is magnified by the fact that they are paid with tax money and are willing to walk out if their demands are not met in contract negotiations. This, in my opinion often doesn’t qualify for negotiations but often means holding children and taxpayers hostage until their demands are met.

  3. All animals are created equal Just some animals are more equal than others. So if you are in the NEA you will have other people pay for your Insurance. That’s fair Right??

    • So typical of the abtosulely brain dead, or should I say living-impaired to be PC. No thought whatsoever of where the money is to come from to pay for their “demands”. As for open borders I am all for that if it means they will depart for Cuba or North Korea after which we again close the borders. Clearly the education system failed, especially in the area of math.

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