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Shumlin: Single-payer ‘greatest disappointment of my political life’

By   /  December 18, 2014  /  Health Care, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Gov. Peter Shumlin announced he has called off his plans for single-payer health care in Vermont for 2015, saying “now is not the right time.”

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Energy usage reports designed to shame, VT couple says

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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An energy efficiency group in Vermont has started using data from utility companies to compare customers to their “most efficient neighbors.” A Chittenden couple says the neighbor-comparison reports are insulting and wrongly shame customers over their energy use.

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Browning: Shumlin ruling ‘a defeat for transparency and accountability’

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Health Care, Issues, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A Superior Court judge ruled last week Gov. Shumlin had the authority to keep his single-payer plans secret using executive privilege. In this interview with Vermont Watchdog, State Rep. Cynthia Browning, the Arlington Democrat who sued Shumlin, explains what the ruling means for transparency and accountability in Vermont. She also says she received flak from Democrat colleagues.

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Gruber model errs in Colorado as Vermont prepares to rely on data

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  Colorado, Health Care, Issues, News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Jonathan Gruber’s health care forecasting is failing in Colorado as Vermont’s Gov. Peter Shumlin prepares to use the economist’s math for single-payer health care.

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Vermonters using social media to ‘expose’ gun control agenda

By   /  December 9, 2014  /  News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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How do ordinary Vermonters defend constitutional rights against some of the most well-funded special interest groups in the state? Facebook, of course.

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Spoiler alert: VT state senator details cost of single-payer health care

By   /  December 5, 2014  /  Health Care, News, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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For two years, Gov. Peter Shumlin has concealed plans for financing single-payer health care. His lead consultant, Jonathan Gruber, has admitted to deceptive policymaking and called lack of transparency “a huge political advantage.” But at least one man knows what Vermonters can expect to pay for Green Mountain Care and isn’t afraid to tell.

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