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S.88 Additions Undermine the Studies

Friday, April 16th, 2010

By: Dr. Deb Richter, Vt for Single Payer Supporter
A new version of S.88 passed out of the House Health & Welfare Committee yesterday. The strong, focused 21-page bill that we supported and were pleased to have pass out of the Senate has an additional 84-pages attached. While our organization has been focusing on systemic [...]

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$17,000 spent on premiums this year!

Friday, March 19th, 2010

By Donald Bodwell, Brandon
My wife and I are retired teachers from CT, and we have to purchase health insurance through our last employer for seven more years until age 65. The cost of that family policy is $1,660 per month, offset $400 by subsidies from the Retirement Board and the collective bargaining agreement, which means [...]

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Happy to Pay Into a Single Payer System

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Karen Klotz, Hardwick
My husband and I are currently spending $179.00/month to purchase health insurance through my employer and still have to pay a $4,000 deductible before anything is paid for. Because of this we never go to the doctor for preventative care because we know we will have to pay for it. If we [...]

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Insurance Tied to Employment with No Safety Net is Worrisome

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Ellen Powell, South Burlington
I am keeping fingers and toes crossed for single Payer in VT because I live on the edge of poverty and my health insurance relies on how many college students sign up for bass lessons at SUNY Plattsburgh each semester. If I don’t get enough, I don’t get health insurance. At the [...]

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Catamount Health Costs

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

By: Marge Power, VT for Single Payer Supporter, Montpelier
Catamount Health is a State health care insurance program that helps eligible Vermonters buy health insurance from private insurance companies, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and MVP. Why would the State pay private insurance companies when it has the capacity to administer the program directly? Ask Governor Jim [...]

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Vermont Could Become the Leader in Reform

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Paul Martin, South Burlington
As a Canadian now living in Vermont, I’ve lived for most of my life with a single payer system and have seen first-hand how much more efficient it can be. More important than anything, though, is how much better it would be for the day-to-day life of Vermonters. Imagine being able to [...]

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Experts Testify: Millions can be saved in administrative costs

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

By: Dr. Deborah Richter
The Senate Health committee took testimony this week from two national experts on the subject of administrative costs in health care with particular emphasis on hospital administrative costs.
Dr. Himmelstein is a researcher and physician from  Harvard University. Dr Kahn is from University of California San Francisco.
Dr. Himelstein reported that 26% of [...]

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Single Payer and Job Loss

Monday, February 8th, 2010

By Eric Lazarus, Single Payer Supporter, Burlington
One concern people express about a Single Payer healthcare system, is the loss of jobs that result when insurance companies stop selling health insurance, or, as in some scenarios, fall back to selling only supplemental health insurance.  In either case, many jobs will be lost, and society should [...]

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Corporate Health Insurance Controls Our Choices

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Peggy Sapphire, Craftsbury
My husband and I have Medicare & Aetna, but Aetna has no preferred provider network in Vermont. We live in VT on a fixed Social Security pension.
Five years ago my husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer. His treatment began with a Barre,VT urologist, and within 2 years we’d incurred such significant debt [...]

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Don’t Deny Preventive Services

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Tara Meyer, Nurse Practitioner, Burlington
I was in my last semester of my Family Nurse Practitioner program at UVM. Vermont has a program called Ladies First, which basically covers some preventive care (like mammograms) for women without health insurance. When I was a new student I thought this was great– “Wow, in Vermont, all women [...]

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