- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - Some of the comments about health care from four Vermont gubernatorial candidates, Democratic incumbent Peter Shumlin, Republican Scott Milne, Libertarian Dan Feliciano and Liberty Union Peter Diamondstone, during a Tuesday night debate on Vermont Public Radio:

Shumlin: “I have said many times that the biggest frustration of my governorship … has been dealing with the Health Connect website. … We are determined and I am accountable for ensuring that we have a website that works. We want it to be working well by re-enrollment time, which is on November 15 and we’re taking the actions and the necessary steps to take to increase the likelihood that that’s going to happen.”

Feliciano: “Opening up the marketplace will bring in niche players that will provide coverage. It doesn’t have to be a free for all where you are going to have certain providers covering certain things. Right now we have a ratings system where everyone is getting charged the same and I think that’s driving the costs up for the young people.”

Milne: “I think coming after Peter and Dan, I think you’ve got two extremes of the spectrum of choices for health care in the nation represented. … I clearly am a more pragmatic, practical moderate on the issue. I think what we want with health care is a system, if we’re going to change things, we want to do something, decide whether it’s going to cost less, is it going to save us money. I’m talking about moving toward single payer. … Is it going to improve access to people who don’t have insurance now?”

Diamondstone: “I don’t think Obamacare can work. You can’t add 30 million people to receive services while we have decreasing amount of services being offered. I mean do the arithmetic and see; everybody is going to get less in services except the elite.”

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