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Single payer progresses in VT

WCAX:

Vermonters currently spend 20 cents of every dollar they earn on health care. Proponents of a state run health care system say we could be getting more for less. On Friday top officials with the Governor's team explained a long awaited financing plan for a single-payer system drawn up by the University of Massachusetts.

But those who were instrumental in crafting the law believe the report is a step in the right direction.

"What they gave was a menu of options that will be presented to Vermonters so Vermonters can decide," said Dr. Deb Richter with Vermont for Single Payer. "It's coming out of your left or right pocket but you're paying for it in taxes, lower wages, so we're already paying for it."

"Yeah, it's left pocket right pocket but the big question is are these number reliable and how do they shift the responsibility?" [Jeff Wennberg with Vermonters for Health Care Freedom] said.

If the issue is decided on talking points, single payer advocates have won.

"Coming out of your left or right pocket" is great, and the single payer opponent even agreed to it!

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