Single payer advocates flood State House

MONTPELIER — Single payer advocates have gathered in the State House to demand forward movement on a universal, publicly financed health care system.

The Vermont Workers Center organized Thursday’s demonstrations, which took place inside the House chamber, outside the chamber and in hallways throughout the State House.

“Ain’t no way we’re backing down, we’re rising up, the time is now,” they chanted.

Single payer advocates inside the House Chamber before Gov. Peter Shumlin's inaugural address.

Single payer advocates inside the House Chamber before Gov. Peter Shumlin’s inaugural address.

Single payer advocates have been demanding the state move forward with public financing of health care insurance since Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin decided to abandon his long quest for such a system last month. Shumlin, in a surprise announcement, declared the cost too high for the state at this time.

Legislative leaders do not appear to be interested in taking up a public financing plan this year either since Shumlin’s announcement.

 

UPDATE: Two protesters unfurled a banner and began singing, briefly delaying Shumlin’s swearing in.

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