Letters to the Editor

Primary Care Is Key to Health
March 24, 2017

Rutland HeraldImagine a health care system that allows you see a doctor when you feel sick without stressful billing considerations. Two universal primary care bills, Vermont Senate bill 53 and Vermont House bill 248, will do just that.Primary care is the foundation of any successful health care system and also one of the most cost-effective ways for a healthy society. Many minor medical conditions are treatable before they become major ones if found in time, including mental health and addictio...

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Primary Care Essential
March 14, 2017

Times ArgusImagine a health care system that allows you see a doctor when you feel sick without stressful billing considerations. Two universal primary care bills, Vermont Senate bill S.53 and Vermont House bill H.248, will do just that.Primary care is the foundation of any successful health care system and also one of the most cost-effective ways for a healthy society. Many minor medical conditions are treatable before they become major ones if found in time, including mental health and addicti...

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A Way Forward in Health Care Reform
March 11, 2017

Vermont  StandardGuaranteed Primary Care for every Vermonter is up for further financial feasibility study in our Vermont Legislature.House bill #248 and Senate bill #53 ask the Joint Fiscal Office to develop options for considerations by the legislature next year. Primary care, which provides, medical, mental health and substance abuse first-line care, is the health care most of us use most of the time. It is the cheapest of all health care and in the long run, saves money. Many of today&r...

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Universal primary care offers a good answer
March 09, 2017

Stowe TodayTo the Editor:I would like to respond to “Spending money to make money can work” (opinion column by Rep. Dave Yacovone, News & Citizen, March 2).I have heard this as well, and for more circumstances than just health care. It is perfectly true in all of them, including health care.Our system is the world’s most expensive, with the least covered for this expense. Our system is this way, however, because it is not a system. It is a medley of different parts working ...

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We Need Primary Care Help
March 04, 2017

 St. Albans MessengerThe House and Senate Health Care Committees are now considering legislation proposing publicly funded primary care for all Vermonters (H.248 and S.53). The League of Women Voters strongly supports these bills.Primary care can be described as the care typically provided by pediatricians, internists, family physicians, and nurse practitioners who specialize in primary care. The bills also include outpatient mental health and substance abuse providers. The League of Women ...

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The Next Health Care Victim
January 17, 2017

The Burlington Free PressA health care crisis is coming down the road at very high speed. Getting rid of the ACA (Obamacare) is one of our new president’s top priorities. That will end subsidized health insurance under the ACA, and the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid.Millions of people, including many, many thousands of Vermonters, will rapidly become unable to afford trips to doctors and hospitals.Medicare, already too expensive for many seniors, is also looking at “reform” ...

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Universal Primary Care the Right Direction
December 02, 2016

Times Argus Burr Morse’s supposedly humorous commentary on health care reform, which is implying that reform “is going in the wrong direction,” is far from humorous to the many health care providers working hard to solve the crises of past years. Yes, Burr, it was once quite hard to find a doctor taking on new patients, but it can be getting better with health care reform that prioritizes primary care. Yes, as a fellow old Yankee, a year older than Burr’s brother, Elliot...

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Universal Primary Care, The Right Prescription
June 10, 2016

The Caledonian RecordThe editorial “Another Terrible Prescription” (Caledonian-Record, 05/21/2016) is an editorial conflicting with its own irony. It disses two proposals for publicly-funded universal systems currently in the statehouse — Dr. Dynasaur for children up to age 26 and Universal Primary Care — while simultaneously defending another universal program called Medicare. The editorial says of this program that the state of Vermont cannot get its grubby paws on the ...

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Paying for Lack of Single Payer
May 14, 2016

 Rutland HerladDawn Smith Pliner (“Health care nightmare, May 13) ought to be married to a Canadian. The health enrollment form is one page long — and it covers the entire family. An American acquaintance of mine, married to a Canadian, suffered a three-months-long, life-threatening crisis a month after they moved there and received excellent, affordable care, no further paperwork required.The inept processing Ms. Pliner is subject to is not a bug; it’s a feature. Vermonte...

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Opinion: Universal Care System Favored
May 05, 2016

 Addison IndependentThe letter “Vermont must address health insurance conundrum” (Addison Independent, April 11, 2016) was right on. This health insurance conundrum cannot be repeated enough. Our wages can never keep up with the never-ending rise of health care costs, no matter how high we raise the minimum wage. That “Of the roughly 630,000 people living in Vermont, almost 40 percent of them are on some form of public health care,” as the letter said, plainly shows ...

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Make Primary Care Free
April 08, 2016

 Times ArgusMake Primary Care FreeThe commentary “Make primary care free” (Times Argus, March 27) is on to something. Primary care is the core of our health care. The recent attempts at reform, like the Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), and the all-payer waiver, are revolving around the necessity of primary care.Hard experience taught me some years ago how absolutely essential it is to have access to a primary care physician. This is not only for routine maintenance, but to ...

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Question the System
February 15, 2016

The Times Argus The latest Times Argus/Rutland Herald editorial, “Sanders’ Challenge,” once again seems to paint Bernie Sanders as an unrealistic “populist” versus Hillary Clinton, the pragmatic realist. One example is the ACA (Obamacare) which Hillary Clinton wants to improve incrementally while Bernie wants to replace with a “single payer” Medicare-for-all health care plan.Health care in the U.S. is one of the most glaring examples of inequality, ...

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Health Care Overload
February 08, 2016

 The Valley NewsTo the Editor:Having recently helped a friend renew her supplemental health insurance, I was astounded by the amount of complexity the current system involves. First, we spent several hours learning about the overwhelming number of choices available to her from One Exchange, the health care exchange that now handles the health care coverage of DHMC retirees. Then we were on the phone for over an hour with a One Exchange representative reconfirming information (particularly m...

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Obama Care Not Enough
January 21, 2016

 Rutland HerladPaul Krugman’s “Health reform realities” (Jan. 19) claims that reality limits us to working with Obamacare; a national health care plan like the one Bernie Sanders proposes is unrealistic. But Krugman’s assessment leaves out one extremely important reality and understates a second.He left out the reality that his approach is a surrender to the power of the health insurance industry that, as he says, “played a major part in killing health reform i...

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Obamacare Not the Answer
January 21, 2016

Rutland Herlad It’s disheartening to see a respected newspaper like the Herald and a celebrated economist like Paul Krugman echo Hillary Clinton’s claim that the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is a great achievement and the best we can get. If so, why are thousands thronging to hear Bernie Sanders and cheering his assertion that health care is a human right which the government should provide? When Krugman’s column ran in the New York Times, hundreds of eloq...

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