Roll Call! House Blocks Measure to Protect Medicare Funds from Being Incorporated Into Green Mountain Care (54-85), 2015

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S.139 – A ACT RELATING TO HEALTHCARE (MORRISSEY/BROWNING AMENDMENT)
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FAILED
in the State House of Representatives
on April 30, 2015, by a vote of
54-85
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Purpose: To remove all references to Medicare from Act 48.
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Analysis: In the 2014 election, whether or not a majority in Montpelier had designs on taking control of Medicare funding in Vermont became a major issue. Language in Act 48 indicated that this was one of the goals of that law:
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“To the maximum extent allowable under federal law and waivers from federal law, Green Mountain Care shall include health coverage provided under the health benefit exchange established under 33 V.S.A. chapter 18, subchapter 1; under Medicaid; under Medicare;…” (Emphasis added)
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However, under intense pushback from senior citizens, most politicians emphatically denied that Montpelier would or even could take control of Medicare funds.
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This amendment would have removed all references to Medicare from Act 48, putting teeth into the assertion that Montpelier would not/could not/does not want to attempt to take control of Medicare funds.
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Those voting YES wanted to assure that Medicare would be left alone by the state.
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Those voting NO held open the door for the Administration to apply for an “all payer waiver” that would allow the state to spend Medicare money outside the current regulations. Governor Shumlin announced he will apply for such a waiver at the end of June, 2015.
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As Recorded in the House Journal, Thursday, April 30, 2015: “Shall the report of the Committee on Health Care, as amended, be further amended as proposed by Rep. Morrissey and others? was decided in the negative. Yeas, 54. Nays, 85.” (Read the Journal, p.1216-1258.)
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Related Materials:
State gets set to embark on health system overhaul, Rutland Herald
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How They Voted

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Janet Ancel (D-Calis) – NO

Bob Bancroft (R-Westford) – YES

John Bartholomew (D-Hartland) – NO

Fred Baser (R-Bristol) – YES

Lynn Batchelor (R-Derby Line) – YES

Scott Beck (R-St. Johnsbury) – YES

Steven Berry (D-Manchester Center) – NO

Stephen Beyor (R-Highgate Springs) – YES

Clement Bissonnette (D-Winooski) – NO

William Botzow (D-Bennington) – NO

Carolyn Branagan (R-Georgia) – YES

Patrick Brennan (R-Colchster) – YES

Timothy Briglin (D-Thetford) – NO

Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) – YES

Thomas Burditt (R-West Rutland) – YES

Mollie Burke (P/D-Brattleboro) – NO

Sarah Buxton (D-Tunbridge) – NO

William Canfield (R/D-Fair Haven) – YES

Stephen Carr (D-Brandon) – NO

Robin Chestnut-Tangerman (P-Middletown Springs) – NO

Kevin Christie (D-White River Jct.) – NO

Alison Clarkson (D-Woodstock) – NO

Joanna Cole (D-Burlington) – NO

James Condon (D-Colchester) – ABSENT

Daniel Connor (D-Fairfield) – NO

Charles Conquest (D-Wells River) – NO

Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) – NO

Timothy Corcoran (D-Bennington) – YES

Lawrence Cupoli (R-Rutland) – YES

Leigh Dakin (D-Chester) – NO

Maureen Dakin (D-Colchester) – NO

Paul Dame (R-Essex Junction) – YES

Susan Davis (P/D-Washington) – NO

David Deen (D-Putney) – NO

Dennis Devereux (R-Belmont) – YES

Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson (R-St. Albans) – YES

Anne Donahue (R-Northfield) – NO

Johannah Donovan (D-Burlington) – NO

Alyson Eastman (I-Orwell) – NO

Rebecca Ellis (D-Waterbury) – NO

Alice Emmons (D/W-Springfield) – NO

Debbie Evans (D-Essex) – NO

Peter Fagan (R-Rutland) – YES

Martha Feltus (R-Lyndonville) – YES

Rachael Fields (D-Bennington) – NO

Larry Fiske (R-Enosburg Falls) – YES

Robert Forguites (D-Springfield) – NO

William Frank (D-Underhill) – NO

Patsy French (D-Randolph) – NO

Douglas Gage (R-Rutland) – YES

Marianna Gamache (R-Swanton) – YES

Diana Gonzalez (P/D-Winooski) – ABSENT

Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) – NO

Rodney Graham (R-Williamstown) – YES

Adam Greshin (I-Warren) – YES

Sandy Haas (P/D-Rochester) – NO

Helen Head (D-So. Burlington) – NO

Michael Hebert (R-Vernon) – YES

Robert Helm (R/D-Fair Haven) – YES

Mark Higley (R-Lowell) – YES

Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) – NO

Ronald Hubert (R-Milton) – YES

Mark Huntley (D-Cavendish) – YES

Timothy Jerman (D-Essex) – ABSENT

Willem Jewett (D-Ripton) – NO

Mitzi Johnson (D-S. Hero) – NO

Bernard Juskiewicz (R-Camdridge) – YES

Kathleen Keenan (D-St. Albans) – NO

Warren Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier) – NO

Anthony Klein (D-Montpelier) – NO

Patricia Komline (R-Dorset) – YES

Robert Krebs (D-S. Hero) – NO

Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) – NO

Rob LaClair (R-Barre Town) – ABSENT

 

Martin LaLonde (D-South Burlington) – NO

Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) – NO

Richard Lawrence (R-Lyndon) – YES

Paul Lefebvre (R-Island Pond) – NO

Joan Lenes (D-Shelburne) – NO

Patti Lewis (R-Berlin) – YES

William Lippert (D-Hinesburg) – NO

Emily Long (D-Newfane) – NO

Gabrielle Lucke (D-White River Junction) – NO

Terence Macaig (D-Williston) – NO

Ann Manwaring (D-Wilmington) – NO

Michael Marcotte (R/D-Newport) – YES

Marcia Martel (R-Waterford) – YES

Linda Martin (D-Wolcott) – NO

James Masland (D-Thetford) – NO

Curtis McCormack (D/W-Burlington) – NO

Patricia McCoy (R-Poultney) – YES

James McCullough (D-Williston) – NO

Francis McFaun (R/D-Barre) – YES

Alice Miller (D-Shaftsbury) – NO

Kiah Morris (D-Bennington) – NO

Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington) – YES

Michael Mrowicki (D-Putney) – ABSENT

Barbara Murphy (I-Fairfax) – YES

Linda Myers (R-Essex) – YES

Betty Nuovo (D-Middlebury) – NO

Anne O’Brien (D-Richmond) – NO

Jean O’Sullivan (D-Burlington) – NO

Oliver Olsen (I-Jamaica) – NO

Corey Parent (R-St. Albans) – YES

Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) – ABSENT

Avram Patt (D-Worcestor) – NO

Albert “Chuck” Pearce (R/D-Richford) – YES

Christopher Pearson (P-Burlington) – NO

Paul Poirier (I-Barre) – YES

David Potter (D-Clarendon) – NO

Ann Pugh (D-S. Burlington) – ABSENT

Joey Purvis (R-Colchester) – YES

Constance Quimby (R/D-Concord) – YES

Barbara Rachelson (D-Burlington) – NO

Kesha Ram (D-Burlington) – NO

Herbert Russell (D-Rutland) – NO

Marjorie Ryerson (D-Randolph) – NO

Brian Savage (R-Swanton) – ABSENT

Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) – YES

David Sharpe (D-Bristol) – NO

Charles Shaw (R/D-Pitsford) – YES

Loren Shaw (R/D-Derby) – ABSENT

Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury) – NO

Laura Sibilia (I-West Dover) – YES

Harvey Smith (R-New Haven) – YES

Shapleigh Smith (D-Morristown) – PRESIDING

Thomas Stevens (D-Waterbury) – NO

Vicki Strong (R-Albany) – YES

Valerie Stuart (D-Brattleboro) – NO

Mary Sullivan (D-Burlington) – NO

Donna Sweaney (D-Windsor) – NO

Job Tate (R-Mendon) – YES

Thomas Terenzini (R/D-Rutland) – YES

George Till (D-Jericho) – NO

Tristan Toleno (D-Brattleboro) – NO

Catherine Toll (D-Danville) – NO

Maida Townsend (D-S. Burlington) – NO

Matthew Trieber (D-Bellows Falls) – NO

Chip Troiano (D-Hardwick) – NO

Donald Turner (R-Milton) – YES

Warren Van Wyck (R-Ferrisburgh) – ABSENT

Gary Viens (R-Newport) – YES

Tommy Walz (D-Barre City) –  NO

Kathryn Webb (D-Shelburne) – NO

Janssen Willhoit (R-St. Johnsbury) – YES

Mark Woodward (D-Johnson) – NO

Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) – YES

Michael Yantachka (D-Charlotte) – NO

Samuel Young (D-Glover) – NO

Teo Zagar (D-Barnard) – NO

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Gail Fiske May 25, 2015 at 6:27 am

I Don’t see how Medicare funds can be incorporated in any way into State health care programs, Medicare is a FED program which I pay for thru Soc. Sec. check monthly. How can a state usurp a federal program? AND I might add, I AM APPOSED to anything of the sort…..To my way of thinking this puts our Social Security system at great risk, opting to take such measures, as Medicare is part of Social Security. There are ALREADY TOO MANY trying to figure, enact, abolish etc., the Social Security system………I HATE this! Not all people have the option to do a lot of saving for their retirement yrs. and THIS is the BEST Option they have! It is SO unjust that all these characters who have so much and can whap away 1000s a month into 401s etc., invest in stocks/bonds etc., that’s all fine and well for them, but the major amt. of the population that’s not the way it is, living day to day……I am really beginning to despise the way this country’s lawmakers have become, both STATE and FED. to think they way they do, with such DETACHMENT from the PEOPLE who elected them to serve……..but instead get stabbed in the back………..Damn it makes me so mad! You know what! I AM NOT Alone Out here! There are millions! AND Growing Every second, who think like I DO….and I WANT EVERY backstabbing politician OUT of OFFICE! AND replaced by CIVIC/Social Society oriented public Servants. I WATCH closely HOW mY So called ‘representatives ‘place their votes’ on things, and I filter it through ‘benefit to people’ short view and Long view.

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