GOP Votes to Cut Vermont From Union As Healthcare Costs Drop

As healthcare costs fall in Vermont due to Obamacare, House Speaker John Boehner led a vote to rescind Vermont statehood.

As healthcare costs fall significantly in Vermont due to Obamacare, House Speaker John Boehner led a vote to rescind Vermont statehood.

Washington, DC — Dealt a major blow to their ongoing effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), the US House of Representatives voted along party lines, 232 to 200, to oust Vermont from the union. Speaking for the Republican majority, House Speaker John Boehner called the vote “a victory for America, specifically American insurance companies.”

The vote came early today, after a report revealed that the 2014 proposed rates filed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Healthcare — the two companies selected to provide coverage on the state’s exchange — would be less than small employers currently pay.

In fact, under the proposed 2014 pricing, the monthly premium for a small company covering seven employees and their dependents would drop from $12,800 to $10,000 per month, a savings of $33,600 per year. What’s more, most plans include better benefits for the money. House Speaker Boehner found this troubling.

“If, under these circumstances, we allow Vermont to remain in the union,” Boehner said, “everything the Obama administration has said about Obamacare saving money would be true. And we all know that to be an unconscionable lie.”

While easily passing in the Republican-dominated House, the bill is not expected to win a majority in the Senate where Democrats hold the edge. So for the moment at least, Vermont statehood is not in jeopardy. “Frankly, we’re not taking the Republican effort to drive us from the union all that seriously,” said Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Boehner dismissed what he called the Vermont Senator’s “over-confidence”. “We’ve been in this position before,” he said. “And we’ve never failed to top one of our dumb actions with one that was even dumber.” Boehner’s caveat seemed to suggest that, should 2014 healthcare costs show similar declines in other states, America’s “more perfect union” could well become less so.

In other House business, Boehner said he would call for a vote later today on whether or not to pressure Hasbro — which bought Parker Brothers, the creators of Monopoly, in 1991 — to remove Vermont Avenue from the iconic board game.

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3 Responses to “GOP Votes to Cut Vermont From Union As Healthcare Costs Drop”

  1. Rose Says:

    I can not stand I can not stand this grp of asswipes. Everyone in my nerhhboigood has lost jobs or have hours cut. The jobs created are at McDicks & the like. I worked at my job over 20 yrs & lost it because the company said they could not afford me anymore. Lots of the jobs I apply for now, want spanish speaking.This is America.but it is hard to see. The only people taking money frm Medicare is Obama..That is where he is taking money frm to pay for some of OBAMA CARE money. Ck it out if you do not believe me. Was this answer helpful?

  2. danbrown Says:

    I understand and sympathize with your job situation. Not exactly sure what it has to do with Obamacare though.

  3. Elise Gingerich Says:

    new thing, added to the DSMV 5? book: Obama Trauma! it’s the NEW DSMV 5? thing, added to the BOOK: Obama Trauma! and: I am a Democratic Supporter, of HIS, too! the screwed up thing is: I am one of HIS many LOYAL Democratic, Supporters, TOO! Therapy, anyone, or anybody?! is anybody, or anyone, in NEED of THERAPY, NOW?!

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