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Holcombe and Zuckerman diverge on health care policy

The two leading Democrats running for governor have different ideas about how to drive down the state’s health care costs.

Former education secretary Rebecca Holcombe wants to continue to expand the state’s all-payer health care system, a reform that began in 2016 and aims to change the way doctors and hospitals are reimbursed. Democratic candidate for governor Rebecca Holcombe. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman believes that the state should move in “the direction” of a single-payer health care system. He says he would support a publicly funded universal primary care system.

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During a press conference on health care policy this week, Holcombe said her focus would be expanding the state’s all-payer health care system.

Vermont began rolling out its all-payer system in 2016, in the wake of Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin’s failed effort to enact a statewide single-payer health care system.

Under the system, health care providers don’t receive payments for individual procedures or services.Instead, a for-profit accountable care organization, OneCare, gives them flat monthly payments per patient.The goal of the reform is to drive down health care costs and encourage doctors to keep people healthy by creating an incentive […]

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