Vermont gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock has picked up the line from the Republican PAC Vermonters First. The group has been pushing misleading ads across the state which Brock has picked up as a theme. This is even embarrassing given that he has had to go on the record as contradicting fellow Republican Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott.
Scott wants to know more about how much the single payer system in Vermont will cost. The Vermont Assembly has already set up an investigation into this matter, and so far, the only thing that is really passed in the Assembly is the move towards the single payer system starting with an investigation into the cost and benefits. The report is due out in January.
Brock, who is in the Assembly, knows all of this, and yet, he has issued attacks like these:
But the biggest issue we discussed was the governor’s big government healthcare plan, which would reduce competition and limit options for Vermont residents. You can watch the video of our debate below, but be sure to pay special attention to Governor Shumlin avoiding Mark’s question regarding the benefits of competition in the health insurance market. Maybe someone should ask him why he wouldn’t answer such a simple question?
Taking a quick look at the healthcare costs in Vermont, it is easy to see that competition has amounted to next to nothing when it comes to the health insurance market. For that matter, competition has not driven down the costs of medicine in the state. A large part of this has to do with the fact that medical services are not the same as buying a toaster oven or visiting a restaurant.
Brock is trying to import into Vermont the same kind of divisive politics that Vermonters hate about the national parties. Vermonters abhor, by and large, the Republican Party on a national level because of what they do. Not all Vermonters are too sanguine about the national Democratic Party either, but they are less upset about it.
Brock has decided to take the track of claiming that the move to a single payer system will result in the single largest tax increase in state history even though this is demonstrably false. Vermont’s government is investigating the move, which is quite popular. Vermonters do not do things quickly. One road construction project up in Burlington has been in the pipe’s since the 1970′s and it finally is going to go through.
Perhaps it is time for Brock to remember that he is in Vermont, and not his native Pennsylvania.