The introduction of the healthcare bill comes in the first months of Democratic Gov. [Peter Shumlin]'s first term in office, which follows eight years of Republican rule under Gov. Jim Douglas. Shumlin supported a single-payer healthcare system during his campaign, calling Vermont's current system "broken." Anya Rader Wallack, the special assistant to Shumlin on healthcare, cited waste and ' craziness" as factors troubling the state's current healthcare system during testimony before Vermont House and Senate committees on February 8. Three private insurance carriers operate in Vermont, along with Medicare and Medicaid and various suppliers of workers' compensation insurance, a structure Wallack called "misguided."Dr. Deborah Richter, president of Vermont for Single Payer, which has advocated for a new health system since 2003, says that "on the whole" the group supports [William Hsiao]'s plan. "Estimates are that [Hsiao's system] will not only be able to cover everybody, but for less money," Richter says. "Vermont is uniquely poised to get this done."