Wennberg says Shumlin administration failing to comply with Act 48

— At a news conference held today in the Cedar Creek Room at the Statehouse, the Vermont House Republican Caucus distributed copies of a letter that will be presented to the Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding urging him to comply with the health care reform law Act 48.

Jeffery Wennberg, executive director of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom, identified 15 specific legal requirements the administration failed to comply with.

Most glaring was the omission of the requirements under section 9(b) (1), which call for plan consideration of financing sources including, “adjustments to the income tax, a payroll tax, consumption taxes, provider assessments required under 33 V.S.A. chapter 19, the employer assessment required by 21 V.S.A. chapter 25, other new or existing taxes, and additional options as determined by the secretary.” Also critical was the failure to provide information about “impacts of tax system changes . . . on individuals, households, businesses, public sector entities, and the nonprofit community. There is no analysis of impacts on anyone. To put it bluntly, this report does not comply with the requirements of Act 48.”

Sen. Joe Benning R-Caledonia stated, “that this information is essential for all Vermonters but, is especially important to Vermont businesses as they plan for substantial health care reform on Jan. 1, 2014.”

“Our goal today was to shed light onto the fact that the administration of Governor Peter Shumlin is not complying with the Healthcare Reform law known as Act 48. All Vermonters are expected to comply with the laws of our state and we feel that the Governor and his administration should as well. Therefore, we strongly urge the Governor and his administration to comply with the law within 15 days” said House Minority Leader Don Turner.

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