Letters to the Editor

Universal primary care bill would be a major benefit
January 15, 2018

Addison IndependentIn your January 4, 2018 article about the new Accountable Care Organization (One Care) and the All Payer Model, both statewide initiatives that are also being implemented in Addison County, the goals of “better care, better access to care, and cost savings” are correctly articulated.But, will an Accountable Care Organization and a new way of paying providers other than fee for service really achieve these goals? Whatever else these new initiative accomplish, univer...

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Single payer is right direction
January 12, 2018

Rutland HeraldIn the weekend edition of the Herald ( Jan. 7), the article about the loss of the individual health insurance mandate, gave no mention of the fact that on the books right now is Act 48, signed in 2011, but to this day goes unfunded. It provides for a single-payer system, where everyone has access to equitably financed health care by virtue of residency of the state. It also provides for the Green Mountain Care Board of which former Senator Mullin serves as the chairman.Instead of f...

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'OneCare' approach not the right answer for health care
January 11, 2018

Addison IndependentBy G. Richard Dundas MDI happened to see your article regarding our Vermont Accountable Care Organization called OneCare (Addison Independent, Jan. 4). It painted a rosy picture of how OneCare will save us all: improve our care, keep us healthy, and reduce our costs mainly by changing how providers and hospitals are paid. My bet is that OneCare will fail us.First, the method of paying providers and hospitals is not the primary problem. The primary problem is that there are mul...

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Medicare for All -- Now
October 11, 2017

Seven DaysI am delighted that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has introduced a plan for national universal health care [Fair Game, September 13]. Vermont needs a backup plan just in case Bernie's bill doesn't succeed this year. We could show the nation how the compassionate and rational people of Vermont address the health care crisis. As I understand it, the biggest impediment to Vermont's recent efforts was finding the tax dollars. Like many affluent Americans, I earn most of my income through cap...

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Enough Patchwork Healthcare
October 02, 2017

Bennington Banner To the editor: I work as an after school teacher and a personal care assistant in the city of Burlington. I love my jobs — I spend my time caring for people and making their lives easier. Unfortunately, this care work is not paid well and I do not receive benefits. If I didn't have Medicaid, I would not have health insurance. I'm young and healthy — I eat vegetables, don't smoke, and get lots of exercise. When I started getting heart palpitations a few months...

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Current health care proposals aren't the real answer
August 07, 2017

Addison IndependentBy Jason KayeIn a recent guest editorial published in this paper, the co-authors — four top executives of medical centers and health insurance companies in Vermont — promoted the ideas of healthy lifestyles and individual responsibility as the primary strategy to end the health care crisis.Living a healthy lifestyle is probably easy to do for these four folks, considering that in fiscal year 2015 they made the following in total compensation: $353,000 (Jill Berry B...

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Fight for single-payer
June 08, 2017

Times ArgusI am a physical therapy student and athletic trainer living in Burlington. The health care crisis has affected me as a patient and a provider. Growing up in Vermont, I had Dr. Dinosaur until middle school. I had regular checkups, dental visits and asthma medications, covered stress-free. Then funding got cut and my parents had to pay everything out of pocket. I remember my mom getting medical bills for weeks after I sprained my ankle in high school, and it cost $2,000 for wisdom tooth...

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Misdirected Anger
June 08, 2017

Times ArgusLately in Vermont, there has been a certain amount of animosity directed toward teachers and their union regarding health care benefits. While this anger is somewhat understandable, it is also misdirected. Instead of questioning or complaining about the teacher’s so-called “Cadillac” health care plans, we should be asking why ours isn’t as good!First, the anger about teacher’s health care should be aimed at our political leaders who have failed to insure ...

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Misdirected Anger
June 08, 2017

Times ArgusLately in Vermont, there has been a certain amount of animosity directed toward teachers and their union regarding health care benefits. While this anger is somewhat understandable, it is also misdirected. Instead of questioning or complaining about the teacher’s so-called “Cadillac” health care plans, we should be asking why ours isn’t as good!First, the anger about teacher’s health care should be aimed at our political leaders who have failed to insure ...

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Single-payer healthcare needed now
May 12, 2017

Bennington BannerTo the Editor: I have witnessed and felt the impacts of the healthcare system's many manifestations over the course of my lifetime. My parents spent nearly two decades paying off medical bills from my younger brothers' stints in the hospital with infant asthma. I was forced to put off graduate school for several years after breaking my collarbone and using my savings on the subsequent costs. My wife and I will be paying off a $5,600 tax bill for the foreseeable future after...

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Medicare for All
April 04, 2017

Times-ArgusI was interested in the commentaries of Walter Amses (March 28) and Esther Farnsworth (March 29) on the subject of health care and health insurance.Walter pointed out that U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan didn’t quite get the idea of insurance when he said, “Insurance cannot work if healthy people have to pay more to subsidize the sick.” This is precisely how all insurance works, fire, auto, life, etc. Esther extolled the benefits of Medicare for all pointing out that th...

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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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