Roll Call! House Mandates Vermonters Buy Health Insurance (118-16), 2018

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PASSED
in the State House of Representatives
on May 12, 2018, by a vote of
118-16
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Purpose: To force Vermonters to purchase health insurance or pay a fine to the State. 
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Analysis: The primary function of H.696 is to require individual Vermonters to purchase and maintain “minimum essential coverage” for themselves and any dependent, or pay a penalty to the state beginning in the 2020 plan year. The impetus for this was the federal government eliminating the penalty for not having insurance under Obamacare.
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However, having established in law that there will be a future mandate, Vermont legislators still do not know how it would work or how it would be enforced, so the bill also creates the “Individual Mandate Working Group to develop recommendations regarding administration and enforcement of the individual mandate…”, which it will do by November 2018. The legislature will then have to pass another law in 2019 in order to make the individual health insurance mandate functional by 2020.
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Those voting YES support forcing Vermonters to purchase health insurance as doing so will help keep insurance premiums lower.
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Those voting NO do not support a state mandate to purchase health insurance, assert that forcing citizens to purchase a product from a private company is government overreach, and note that the mandate will make Vermont less affordable for young people, whom we are supposedly trying to attract.
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As Recorded in the House Journal, Saturday,  May 12, 2018: “Shall the House adopt the report of the Committee of Conference? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 118. Nays, 16.” (Read the Journal, p. 2397-2401.)
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How They Voted

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David Ainsworth (R-Royalton) – YES
Janet Ancel (D-Calis) – YES
Bob Bancroft (R-Westford) – YES
John Bartholomew (D-Hartland) – ABSENT
Fred Baser (R-Bristol) – YES
Lynn Batchelor (R-Derby Line) – NO
Scott Beck (R-St. Johnsbury) – YES
Paul Belaski (D-Windsor) – YES
Stephen Beyor (R-Highgate Springs) – NO
Clement Bissonnette (D-Winooski) – YES
Thomas Bock (D-Chester) – YES
William Botzow (D-Bennington) – YES
Patrick Brennan (R-Colchster) – YES
Timothy Briglin (D-Thetford) – YES
Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) – ABSENT
Jessica Brumsted (D-Shelburne) – YES
Susan Buckholz (D-White River Jct) – ABSENT
Thomas Burditt (R-West Rutland) – NO
Mollie Burke (P/D-Brattleboro) – YES
William Canfield (R/D-Fair Haven) – YES
Stephen Carr (D-Brandon) – YES
Robin Chestnut-Tangerman (P-Middletown Springs) – YES
Annemarie Christiansen (D-Perkinsville) – YES
Kevin Christie (D-White River Jct.) – YES
Brian Cina (P-Burlington) – YES
Celene Colburn – (P-Burlington) – YES
James Condon (D-Colchester) – ABSENT
Peter Conlon (D-Cornwall) – YES
Daniel Connor (D-Fairfield) – YES
Charles Conquest (D-Wells River) – YES
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) – YES
Timothy Corcoran (D-Bennington) – YES
Lawrence Cupoli (R-Rutland) – NO
Maureen Dakin (D-Colchester) – YES
David Deen (D-Putney) – YES
Dennis Devereux (R-Belmont) – ABSENT
Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson (R-St. Albans) – YES
Anne Donahue (R-Northfield) – YES
Johannah Donovan (D-Burlington) – YES
Betsy Dunn (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Alice Emmons (D/W-Springfield) – YES
Peter Fagan (R-Rutland) – YES
Martha Feltus (R-Lyndonville) – YES
Rachael Fields (D-Bennington) – YES
Robert Forguites (D-Springfield) – YES
Robert Frenier (R-Chelsea) – NO
Douglas Gage (R-Rutland) – NO
Marianna Gamache (R-Swanton) – NO
John Gannon (D-Wilmington) – YES
Marcia Gardner (D-Richmond) – ABSENT
Dylan Giambatista (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Diana Gonzalez (P/D-Winooski) – YES
Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) – YES
Rodney Graham (R-Williamstown) – ABSENT
Sandy Haas (P/D-Rochester) – YES
Jim Harrison (R-Chittenden) – YES
Helen Head (D-So. Burlington) – YES
Michael Hebert (R-Vernon) – ABSENT
Robert Helm (R/D-Fair Haven) – YES
Mark Higley (R-Lowell) – NO
Matt Hill (D-Johnson) – YES
Jay Hooper (D-Brookfield) – ABSENT
Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) – YES
Lori Houghton (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Mary Howard (D-Rutland) – YES
Kimberly Jessup (D-Middlesex) – YES
Ben Jickling (I-E. Randolph) – YES
Mitzi Johnson (D-S. Hero) – PRESIDING
Ben Joseph (D-N. Hero) – YES
Bernard Juskiewicz (R-Camdridge) – YES
Brian Keefe (R-Manchester) – ABSENT
Kathleen Keenan (D-St. Albans) – YES
Charlie Kimbell (D-Woodsock) – YES
Warren Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier) – YES
Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) – YES

Rob LaClair (R-Barre Town) – YES
Martin LaLonde (D-South Burlington) – YES
Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) – YES
Richard Lawrence (R-Lyndon) – YES
Paul Lefebvre (R-Island Pond) – YES
Patti Lewis (R-Berlin) – YES
William Lippert (D-Hinesburg) – YES
Emily Long (D-Newfane) – YES
Gabrielle Lucke (D-White River Jct.) – YES
Terence Macaig (D-Williston) – YES
Michael Marcotte (R/D-Newport) – YES
Marcia Martel (R-Waterford) – NO
James Masland (D-Thetford) – YES
Chris Mattos (R-Milton) – YES
Curtis McCormack (D/W-Burlington) – YES
Patricia McCoy (R-Poultney) – YES
James McCullough (D-Williston) – YES
Francis McFaun (R/D-Barre) – YES
Alice Miller (D-Shaftsbury) – YES
Kiah Morris (D-Bennington) – ABSENT
Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington) – NO
Michael Mrowicki (D-Putney) – YES
Barbara Murphy (I-Fairfax) – YES
Linda Myers (R-Essex) – YES
Gary Nolan (R-Morrisville) – YES
Terry Norris (I-Shoreham) – YES
Daniel Noyes (D-Wolcott) – YES
Jean O’Sullivan (D-Burlington) – YES
Carol Ode (D-Burlington) – YES
Kelly MacLaury Pajala (I-S. Londonderry) – YES
Corey Parent (R-St. Albans) – YES
Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) – YES
Albert “Chuck” Pearce (R/D-Richford) – YES
Paul Poirier (I-Barre) – YES
David Potter (D-Clarendon) – YES
Ann Pugh (D-S. Burlington) – YES
Constance Quimby (R-Concord) – NO
Barbara Rachelson (D-Burlington) – YES
Edward Read (I-Fayston) – YES
Carl Rosenquist (R-Georgia) – YES
Brian Savage (R-Swanton) – NO
Robin Scheu (D-Middlebury) – YES
Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) – YES
David Sharpe (D-Bristol) – YES
Charles Shaw (R/D-Pitsford) – YES
Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury) – YES
Laura Sibilia (I-West Dover) – YES
Brian Smith (R/D-Derby) – ABSENT
Harvey Smith (R-New Haven) – YES
Trevor Squirrill (D-Underhill) – YES
Thomas Stevens (D-Waterbury) – YES
Vicki Strong (R-Albany) – NO
Valerie Stuart (D-Brattleboro) – YES
Linda Sullivan (D-Dorset) – ABSENT
Mary Sullivan (D-Burlington) – YES
Curt Taylor (D-Colchester) – YES
Thomas Terenzini (R/D-Rutland) – ABSENT
George Till (D-Jericho) – YES
Tristan Toleno (D-Brattleboro) – YES
Catherine Toll (D-Danville) – YES
Maida Townsend (D-S. Burlington) – YES
Matthew Trieber (D-Bellows Falls) – ABSENT
Chip Troiano (D-Hardwick) – YES
Donald Turner (R-Milton) – NO
Warren Van Wyck (R-Ferrisburgh) – NO
Gary Viens (R-Newport) – NO
Tommy Walz (D-Barre City) – YES
Kathryn Webb (D-Shelburne) – YES
Cindy Weed (P/D-Enosburg Falls) – YES
Janssen Willhoit (R-St. Johnsbury) – YES
Theresa Wood (D-Waterbury) – YES
Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) – YES
David Yacovone (D-Morrisville) – YES
Michael Yantachka (D-Charlotte) – YES
Samuel Young (D-Glover) – YES

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Jack Williams May 19, 2018 at 11:37 pm

Sir and/or Madam,
This is a most excellent article you published about House Bill H 696.
Also, publishing “How They Voted” – Excellent.
I subscribe to and always read your “Most Excellent Publication”
Thank you,
Jack Williams – Republican Candidate, Vermont State Senate (Windsor County)

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