Comprehensive, universal, healthcare a must

June 22, 2012

Burlington Free Press

Randy Brock’s primary strategy to become our next governor is to target Act 48 and Green Moutain Care and prevent the eventual transition to universal health care such as “single payer.” These attacks include blaming Act 48 for the closing of the Rutland Regional Rehab Center due to a duplication of services in the Rutland Area, although other key services at the center remain intact.

Mr. Brock’s plan of unrestricted proliferation of out of state insurance companies regardless of past predatory practices as a solution for health care reform is no reform at all and is why we have community rating. It would guarantee making a bad situation worse for the 190,000-plus Vermonters that are now uninsured or underinsured.

His mantra of “free market health insurance” advocacy makes him a more suitable candidate for president of AHIP (American Health Insurance Plans), the insurance trade association and lobby group than for statewide office.