The criticism of Gov. Peter Shumlin's push for a publicly funded health care system came during a debate on the eve of the primary. Also, in Virginia, Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie unveils a tax plan that would repeal taxes in the health law.
The Associated Press: Health Care Focus As Vermont Governor Candidates Debate
Three Republicans and one Libertarian vying for the GOP gubernatorial nomination ... faced each other in a primary-eve debate Monday with the main fireworks coming over health policy. All four voiced disagreement with incumbent Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin's push for a universal, publicly funded health care system, though GOP businessman Scott Milne was more muted in his criticism than the others. The debate, during a class led by Johnson State College Professor William Doyle -- a state senator and political historian -- included strong criticism of the universal health plan from Republican Steve Berry of Wolcott and from Dan Feliciano, a Libertarian who is seeking enough write-in votes in Tuesday's primary to garner the Republican nomination. (Gram, 8/26).
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Gillespie Introduces Tax Reform Plan
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie on Monday introduced his tax reform plan, pushing to lower the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, do away with sales taxes on health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and replace the Earned Income Tax Credit with one that encourages people to stay employed (Schmidt, 8/25).
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