VT Digger | November 29, 2016

Shumlin touts health exchange as best argument for Obamacare

Gov. Peter Shumlin said Tuesday that Vermont Health Connect is working as well as it possibly can and the majority of users are not experiencing problems. ...

The governor used the status update on Vermont Health Connect to defend the federal Affordable Care Act that created it. He said it would be “a disaster” for Vermont if President-elect Donald Trump dismantled the law, as he promised during the campaign. ...

Chris Curtis, an attorney for Vermont Legal Aid, said the mantra in Washington, D.C., is to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, but when he asks what should replace the law, “you hear crickets.”

“The reason that nobody wants to talk about that is that what they would be replacing it with is higher costs associated with health care, a higher rate of uninsured, more people struggling to make ends meet because they can’t afford to pay their bills,” Curtis said.

He said repealing the Affordable Care Act would have an “incredibly destabilizing effect” on Vermont’s economy and people who depend on subsidized health insurance to get medical care.

“(Repeal) is going to be incredibly confusing,” he said. “It’s going to be anxiety producing because nobody’s going to know what to do or where to turn.”