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Vermont is leading the way again in a robust solution to the high costs of medical needs. It is through this cooperation rather than the divide and conquer attitude of so many others in government that Vermont will be the shining light for others to follow.Ed

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Dear Editor,
Today, I am asking for your support to help re-elect my friend Peter Shumlin as Vermont’s governor.  Peter is, perhaps, the most progressive governor in the country and, because of his policies, is coming under fierce attack from his Republican opponent and the special interests that are opposed to his progressive agenda.
What happens in Vermont is of enormous importance to the rest of the country.  If, under Governor Shumlin’s leadership, Vermont is successful in providing health care to all, protecting our environment, supporting family-based and organic agriculture, having one of the best educational systems in the country and promoting economic and social equality among all of our citizens, what we do here can become a model for other states and the entire nation.
Please help Governor Shumlin continue his bold work by making a contribution of $5, $50 or $100 right now.

Let me give you just a few examples of what we’re trying to do in Vermont:
Today, the United States is the only country in the industrialized world that does not guarantee health care to all through a national health care program.  The result is that 50 million Americans are uninsured and 45 thousand die each year because they don’t get to a doctor in time.  Yet, despite all that, we spend almost twice as much per capita of what any other country spends on health care.
In Vermont, we intend to change all that.  Governor Shumlin and the legislature are moving the state toward a single payer system that will provide quality health care to all of our people, lessen the financial burden on small businesses and be much more cost-effective than the current non-system.  In Vermont, our health care dollars will be spent on keeping people healthy and well-treated, rather than on huge administrative and bureaucratic costs and excessive profits for insurance companies.  If Vermont succeeds in developing a successful single payer health care system there is no question in my mind that other states will not be far behind and that, eventually, we will be able to move our nation toward a national health care program.
In Washington, despite all of the scientific evidence, the Republican Party rejects the reality of global warming and the devastating impact it is having now and will increasingly have on the United States and the entire planet.  In Vermont, Governor Shumlin not only understands the reality of a warming planet, he is working aggressively to move Vermont toward energy efficiency and such sustainable energies as wind, solar, geo-thermal and bio-mass.  Vermont already leads the country in terms of energy efficiency and the creation of green jobs but, if Peter is re-elected, we intend to do even more in the future.
Please help re-elect Governor Shumlin so that, in these difficult times, Vermont can be a bold example of what progressive leadership is all about. 
Please donate $5, $50 or $100 right now.
Thanks very much for continuing the fight for an America of social and economic justice.  Let’s move forward together.
Sincerely,
Bernie
Senator Bernie Sanders

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"Don’t yield, Mr. President," Bernie said after congressional Republicans walked out of budget talks on Thursday. Bernie announced plans for a major speech on Monday. A member of the Senate Budget Committee, he says at least half the reduction in red ink must come from new revenue from the wealthiest Americans and the most profitable corporations. "The budget must not be balanced on the backs of working families, the elderly, the sick and the poor while the wealthiest people laugh all the way to the bank," he said. Shared sacrifice is his term for asking as much from the millionaires as from the millions of Americans. He talked about the White House role at this pivotal moment during an interview with Cenk Uygur. "The American people have got to chime in very loudly and say, ‘Hey Mr. President, stand with us and be prepared to take on the big money interests and we’ll be at your back."
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Dear Editor-Make single-payer health care a reality in Vermont!

Ask Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow Vermont to implement its better health care plan for universal coverage.

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Single-payer health care is on the move in Vermont. We need your help to make it a reality.

Today Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law a plan that could put Vermont on the path to becoming the first state with a truly progressive universal health care system.
If successful, Vermont’s plan would provide health coverage to every resident of the state without forcing people to become customers of the private insurance industry. Yet Vermont won’t be able to fully achieve this goal without multiple waivers from federal health care programs to pursue its better plan.
Kathleen Sebelius is President Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. She’s a critical decision maker in allowing Vermont to pursue its plan for a more effective unified health system. Can you sign our petition to Secretary Sebelius asking her to grant Vermont favorable terms on every waiver the state requests?

Make truly progressive universal health care a reality. Sign our letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to grant Vermont favorable terms on every waiver the state requests.

Vermont’s new law will reform health care at the state level and take a massive step towards a fairer, more efficient system. The state’s plan would incorporate some of the proven cost control features of a single payer system, such as simplified administration and negotiation for fair prices for pharmaceuticals.
That’s why the for-profit health insurance industry and groups like PhRMA see real Vermont’s health care reform as a serious threat. They know that if truly progressive reform succeeds and becomes popular in Vermont, it will spread to other states.
No doubt these corporate opponents of universal health care will use their national lobbying power to do what they do best: they will work behind the scenes to quietly impede or cripple Vermont’s efforts at every turn on the federal level. If the Obama administration does not grant all the waivers Vermont needs, the system could fall short of its true potential.
We need your help to tell Secretary Sebelius that we plan to fight for Vermont every step of the way.

Sign our letter asking for HHS to provide Vermont with maximum flexibility to implement its plan for universal health care.

President Obama actually endorsed the idea of allowing states to pursue better health care plans during a speech earlier this year. Now that Vermont is ready to move forward with a better plan, his Administration can make good on its commitment.
In order for Vermont to achieve the full potential of its plan, the federal government needs to grant the state waivers from federal programs like Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare Part D and the new Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Health care waivers aren’t something rare. The federal government recently granted McDonald’s and 29 other corporations waivers to offer their employees worse health care plans than currently required by federal law. We’re asking for Vermont to get waivers to pursue a far better health care plan.

Ask Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, to provide Vermont with maximum flexibility in the coming years to implement its plan for universal health care.

Vermont is a small state trying to take on both a big problem and well-connected corporate interests. With your help, we can make their ambitious plan a reality on the road to universal health care. I can’t promise the fight will be short, but I can promise it will be one of the meaningful fights this century.
Thank you for your support.
Onward,
Jon Walker
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