Lunge Appointment to GMCB the Ugliest Kind of Cronyism

by Rob Roper

Governor Peter Shumlin was pretty much run out of town on a rail, nearly losing his election to Scott Milne in 2014 and, seeing the writing on the wall, declining to run in 2016. His would be successor, Sue Minter, got shellacked. And, a big reason for Shumlin’s demise was and is his utter failure and total mismanagement of healthcare reform.

Single payer was a long, drawn out, expensive disaster that ultimately failed to launch, and the Vermont Heath Connect website has cost taxpayers $200 million and it still does not work. Behind all of these disasters is Shumlin lackey and Director of Healthcare Reform, Robin Lunge.

However, the reward for all this costly incompetence (a symptom of arrogant, ideological blindness) is not a one way ticket out of town, but rather a six year, appointment to the Green Mountain Care Board — a job that requires 32 hours a week with an annual salary of $96,678.

Are… you… kidding… me…?

The Green Mountain Care Board was put in place to manage Vermont’s transition to a single payer healthcare model. That plan is dead, so, one might ask, is the GMCB even still around? If the body had any remaining vestige of credibility, it is gone with the flagrantly crony appointment of Lunge to its ranks. It is worth noting that Lunge replaces Dr. Alan Ramsay, and, as such there is no longer a single M.D. on the board that governs every aspect of our healthcare.

The new Scott administration will be coming into office facing a $50 – $70 million budget gap. One place to start filling that hole should be eliminating the Green Mountain Care Board and its budget from the state ledgers.

- Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

William Hays November 19, 2016 at 3:00 am

G. D. Democrats can’t be trusted with anything. I wonder where Scumlin is going next.

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Doug Richmond November 19, 2016 at 3:33 am

YOUR OUTRAGE IS APPROPRIATE. THIS APPOINTMENT IS BEYOND THE POLITICAL PALE !!

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H. Brooke Paige November 19, 2016 at 4:49 am

Were You Expecting Anything Less (or should I say More) ?

Come on Now ! Did you expect anything less than one last sleazy inside deal as Putney Pete heads for the door ? (BTW, this probably ISN”T the last one, as he has another 60 days or so and plenty of minions left to reward !)

Who elected this Political Hack ? I can’t find a single person willing to confess !

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Jim Bulmer November 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm

And serious Vermonters can’t seem to get their collective heads around why the state isi in such a fiscal mess???? Agree that our newly elected Governor as one of his first orders of business would be to start dismanteling the health care board. Why do we need an agency to preside over a broken system????

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John McClaughry November 19, 2016 at 8:43 pm

Isn’t she the Shumlin functionary who declared in 2014 that Green Mountain Care would absolutely not include Medicare beneficiaries?

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Tom Schmdit November 21, 2016 at 3:11 pm

How is a person more qualified/entitled to get paid $35/hour vs. $135/hour with respect a gov appointment. How much more brains are we talking? To assist in worsening the cost containmrny problem nevertheless.
It’s like someone had a 6 figure salary dream and the gov played fairy god mother?

Man are we the state of 200 million dollar questions? Private and public.

$200 million….Jay Peak?
$200 million …Burlington Square Mall?
$200 million …..GMC webnastics?

Anything else $200 million or more where big brainsters get to cheezify VT.

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