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Vermont, land of progressives, bail on single payer healthcare

18 December 2014 - 10:37 AM



Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday dropped his plan to enact a single-payer health care system in his state — a plan that had won praise from liberals but never really got much past the framework stage.

“This is not the right time” for enacting single payer, Shumlin said in a statement, citing the big tax increases that would be required to pay for it.


Shumlin faced deep skepticism that lawmakers could agree on a way to pay for his ambitious goal and that the feds would agree to everything he needed to create the first state-based single-payer system in 2017.

And that was all before Shumlin, a Democrat, almost lost reelection last month in one of the country’s most liberal states. And it was before MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, the now notorious Obamacare consultant who also advised Vermont until his $400,000 contract was killed amid the controversy, became political poison.

Shumlin had missed two earlier financing deadlines but finally released his proposal. But he immediately cast it as “detrimental to Vermonters.” The model called for businesses to take on a double-digit payroll tax, while individuals would face up to a 9.5 percent premium assessment. Big businesses, in particular, didn’t want to pay for Shumlin’s plan while maintaining their own employee health plans.

“These are simply not tax rates that I can responsibly support or urge the Legislature to pass,” the governor said. “In my judgment, the potential economic disruption and risks would be too great to small businesses, working families and the state’s economy.”

Duke lacrosse v2.0 - UVA frat rape case

06 December 2014 - 08:32 AM

Some people are so wanting a story to be true that they'll compromise their journalistic integrity to do it.


THIS is confirmation bias.


Shame on Rolling Stone. 


One would hope they'd be paying a lot in restitution to UVA's fraternities.  They should be reinstated as of right now.  Pay for a Lollapalooza concert for all fraternities.  Supply them with beer for the next decade.  New furnishings.  Indoor pools. 

Landrieu's minions - vote again

02 December 2014 - 02:36 PM


I guess it's true that if you control who's going to prosecute...you don't have anything to worry about....or look for.  Eh CWG?

A frustrated cop

20 November 2014 - 12:25 PM


Since no one is mentioning the elephant in the room re: the situation about to occur in Missouri....this officer pretty much lays it out regarding details around a situation that occurred in Milwaukee with a little girl dying. 


The story was about this...





Emperor Obama?

19 November 2014 - 10:34 AM


Seems he's going to go for it in Vegas...




Obama is completely oblivious to his shellacking v2.0.


Even liberal law prof Turley has decided to take any case against Obama's unicameral action. 


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