Republicans Rip Health Care Report

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Vermont Republican leaders say they’re not impressed with a new report from consultants to the Shumlin administration outlining some of the financial impacts of the state’s planned single-payer health care system.

Republican Party Chairman Jack Lindley is pointing to a provision in the state’s 2011 health overhaul law saying the administration had a deadline of this month to report on how much the Green Mountain Care system would cost and how it would be paid for.

The new report says the state would need to raise $1.6 billion in new taxes, but Vermont employers and individuals will no longer have to pay $1.9 billion in private insurance premiums.

Lindley faults the report for not recommending how the $1.6 billion will be raised.

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