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Friday, September 7, 2012

For Brock's Health Care Plan, It's Take Out the Trash Day

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 1:13 PM


Ready for a Sorkin-style walk-n-talk? Okay, here goes:

Donna: What's take out the trash day?

Josh: Friday.

Donna: I mean what is it?

Josh: Any stories we have to give the press and we're not wild about, we give 'em all in a lump on Friday.

Wait, why am I taking you back to The West Wing, episode 13? Not because it's awesome, which it is. But because on Thursday at 6:08 p.m. Vermont reporters received something in our inboxes we've been awaiting for months: Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock's eagerly-anticipated health care plan.

Given the hype — and the fact that Brock's criticism of Shumlin's single-payer-ish health care plan has formed the core of his campaign — we kind of figured the GOPer would make a big deal out of his announcement. But as Brock knows well, "take out the trash day" comes early here in the Green Mountains. Shit, I usually check out by 4 p.m. Thursday and phone it in thereafter.

We've asked the Brock campaign for comment, and we're told we'll get a crack at the candidate later today. But in the meantime, we don't want you to miss this seminal campaign document. You can read all 5.25 pages here.

What will you find? Upon first inspection, it looks to us like a whole lotta nothingburger. Just poll-tested slogans and recycled GOP talking points, promising to "Strengthen the Safety Net and Leave No Vermonter Behind," offering "Robust Choice," and emphasizing the importance of "Personal Responsibility."

And free coke in the water fountains!

Of course, I suppose you gotta give Brock props for at least putting something forward. Had he followed the lead of national Republicans, who for two years now have promised to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act without actually replacing anything, Brock simply could have kept on trashing Shumlin's "TitanicCare" without offering his own plan.

If you'd rather watch the West Wing than read Brock's plan, then here you go.

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Paul Heintz

Paul Heintz

Paul Heintz was part of the Seven Days news team from 2012 to 2020. He served as political editor and wrote the "Fair Game" political column before becoming a staff writer.

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