The ACA provided states with federal funds to institute a Medicaid expansion. The states chose to expand the program also were able to set up their own state exchanges, which were relatively free from the problems the federal site had. Vermont decided to take it a step further by setting up their very own single payer system.
The slogan of the program: Everybody in, nobody out.
The program will be fully operational by 2017, and will be funded through Medicare, Medicaid, federal money for the ACA given to Vermont, and a slight increase in taxes. In exchange, there will be no more premiums, deductibles, copay’s, hospital bills or anything else aimed at making insurance companies a profit. Further, all hospitals and healthcare providers will now be nonprofit.
They estimate this will end up saving Vermont 25% per capita over the current system, in addition to preventing some proportion of the 45,000 preventable deaths that occur annually in the US due to the inability to afford treatment.
Hot damn, Vermont, you sexy maple loving beasts.
So, we’re all moving to Vermont now.
Will start looking for jobs in Vermont.
Wanna get my book for cheap? Good, because it’s “Cyber Monday.”
I’ve “linked” to the book’s page at each of these outlets so this information document is extra useful to you.
The hardcover is about $12 or slightly less here:
Barnes & Noble: Enter code CMONDAY25 at checkout
Amazon: Enter code BOOKDEAL at checkout
Or, as an ebook:
Kindle: It’s $10.65. That’s ridiculous!
iBooks: $10.99. Come on!
Another option is to go get some fresh air and walk to a local bookstore and buy it in person. I think this is the best way to buy a book. You’ll get some exercise and maybe even bump into an old friend or make a new one. Wear a jacket if it’s cold out.
If we’re being honest, you should probably buy multiple copies and bring mirth to your friends and family. They will love you again if you do this.
The book has been enthusiastically reviewed by Rolling Stone, the Guardian, Entertainment Weekly, US Weekly, Kirkus Reviews. Colson Whitehead, Margaret Atwood and Susan Orlean have gone on record saying very nice things about it too, and they’re real writers and probably went to college even. So you’re not just throwing money in the trash like some idiot.
Tweet me a picture of a PAPER receipt - FROM a PHYSICAL BOOKSTORE - with TODAY’S DATE on it and I’ll send you a personal filthy DM*.
This is my Twitter: www.twitter.com/robdelaney
1. Tweet it to me from 9-10 PM PST (that’s 12-1 AM EST)
2. Be sure you know how to tweet a picture. Seriously; some people tried to send me pics 2 days ago and they didn’t know how to do it & they didn’t get their filthy DM.
3. It is possible that you successfully tweet a picture, but I don’t see your tweet because I’m one human man. I apologize in advance if you follow the rules & I screw up or miss your tweet in the deluge. Thus, I’m not guaranteeing you get a filthy DM even if you obey the 10 Commandments and these rules. If you don’t get a filthy DM from me, you’ve still supported a local business and you have a book that has been very positively reviewed by Rolling Stone, The Guardian, US Weekly & Entertainment Weekly.
Also: signed copies of the book are available in:
Boston at Brookline Booksmith.
NYC at Powerhouse Arena
Chicago at Unabridged Books
Austin at Book People
LA at Book Soup
Finally, this was very fun when I did it 2 nights ago & allowed online receipts as well. I sent A MASSIVE AMOUNT of personal filthy DMs and me and a lot of people had fun.
Questions? Read the above again.