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Recent News Stories

Scott administration opposes universal primary care
April 16, 2018

VTDiggerGov. Phil Scott’s administration is taking a firm stance against a legislative effort to create a universal primary health care system.The administration is opposed to S.53 in part because publicly financed primary care would require new taxes. But that’s only one of several problems, said Michael Costa, deputy commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access.Costa also says universal primary care doesn’t directly address the high cost of health care, which is th...

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Senate backs primary care compromise
March 21, 2018

VTDigger The Senate on Wednesday advanced a bill that could result in a new system of universal primary health care in Vermont. But there’s a long way to go before the health care system envisioned in S.53 would be a reality. And the compromise version of the bill that won preliminary Senate approval does not explicitly endorse taxpayer-financed primary care, as earlier versions did. Get all of VTDigger's political news. You'll never miss a political story with our weekly headlines...

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Killed Bill: Senate Panel Deals Blow to Health Care Reform
March 21, 2018

Seven DaysBy John WaltersWhen Democrat Peter Shumlin became governor in 2011, he carried the promise of a single-payer health care system for Vermont. Less than four years later, he abandoned his central policy goal. On Friday, a Democrat-dominated legislative committee balked at a much less comprehensive idea. For health care reform advocates, it was yet another blow. Earlier this month, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved S.53, a bill that would set a path to publicly funded unive...

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Letters to the Editor

Inequitable health care is a national scandal
March 19, 2018

Bennington Banner To the Editor:"Equity" and "equal" have the same derivation. In the case of health care, it means that necessary care would be provided to everyone and not be dependent upon income, social status, race, etc. Is our current system of health care equitable? I think not.In spite of Obamacare, there are still 28 million of us who are uninsured. There are about 1,500 uninsured people in Bennington. If you had to pay out of pocket, had limited income, and got...

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We need it now
March 01, 2018

Times ArgusWhen is a tax not really a tax? As state Sen. Claire Ayer was quoted as saying in an article covering the universal primary care hearing at the State House in January, “It is more like an investment.”Just as it is with taxes that are paid for education, fire, ambulance and police protection, we are investing in all our residents, health as a group, not as individuals; health care for all.Can a person’s worth ever be measured by how much money they pay in taxes? The a...

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Pushing the Envelope
February 18, 2018

The Valley ReporterTo The Editor:I just read your editorial in this week’s Valley Reporter about the "draconian cuts" in health care subsidies proposed by Governor Scott and his administration. The proposal is why so many of us are now saying that Universal Primary Care is more important than ever! Health insurers and hospital providers are making out like bandits, particularly the CEOs with million-dollar salaries while primary care providers are the lowest paid doctors in the s...

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Editorials and Op-Eds

What are the hospitals afraid of?
March 01, 2018

VTDiggerEditor’s note: This commentary is by Ellen Oxfeld, a member of the boards of the advocacy group Vermont Health Care for All. She lives in Middlebury.Over the last two weeks the Senate Health and Welfare Committee has been taking testimony on a bill that would make primary care a public good for all Vermonters, with no out-of-pocket costs. It is not expensive. Unlike hospital care, primary care comprises under 6 percent of total health care spending. But investing in primary care ac...

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Universal primary care: Its time has come
February 05, 2018

Bennington BannerBy Deborah RichterWay back in 1990, I treated a patient in the inner city of Buffalo. He was an electrician in his mid-thirties who had waited until complications from his diabetes rendered him blind and in end stage kidney failure. He waited because he had no insurance. At the point I first saw him, he was unable to work and was finally eligible for Medicaid. Unfortunately, the diabetes had taken its toll on his health and he was never able to return to work. He died several ye...

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The blind spots in health care reform
January 15, 2018

VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by Allan Ramsay, MD, who has been a family physician in Vermont for 38 years. He is currently medical director of the People’s Health and Wellness Clinic in Barre. Dr. Ramsay was a member of the Green Mountain Care Board from 2011-2016. As the 2018 Vermont legislative session begins, there is significant concern about health care policies proposed by the federal government. These concerns should not cause Vermont’s legislators and ...

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