From left, Rep. Mari Cordes, D-Lincoln; Rep. Saudia LaMont, D-Morristown; Rep. Esme Cole, D-Hartford; Rep. Ela Chapin-D East Montpelier; Rep. Jubilee McGill-D Bridport; and Rep. Brian Cina, P/D-Burlington made a ceremonial march on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, to deliver a bill reviving Green Mountain Care to the Office of Legislative Counsel, where bills are turned over to be formally introduced. Photo by Kristen Fountain/VTDigger


Like all noble quests, the latest push for universal primary care began with a circle of trust, this one among the high-backed red velvet chairs that line the front wall of the House Chamber.

After lunch Tuesday, Rep. Brian Cina, P/D Burlington, suggested to a partial group of the 59 tripartisan co-sponsors of a new bill that they set a collective intention of “health care as a human right” before setting off. After a moment of silence, the legislators all filed out together led by Cina while Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman brought up the rear.

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