Time for legislators to focus on access to health care

Bennington Banner By Ellen Oxfeld, Dr. Deb Richter, Ethan Parke and Marjorie Power Every election season legislative candidates campaign on the issue of health care access. Yet once in office, our representatives quickly learn to keep silent on this fundamental issue. Vermonters deserve better. According to a recent official report, 36 percent of Vermonters under […]

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Health board a puppet of insurance companies? That’s how it looks

VTDiggerJon Margolis is VTDigger’s political columnist. What are they afraid of? The “they” in this case are the bigwigs at Vermont’s two health insurance companies and at the Green Mountain Care Board, chaired by the heretofore reasonable (as a state senator) Kevin Mullin. Together they have conspired (or so it seems) to keep Mike Fisher […]

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Universal primary care would save money now spent at ERs

VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by David Hills, who is the managing partner of Waypoint Management Services based in Middlebury. He is a 25-year veteran of health care consulting in over 50 institutions across the United States. Aren’t we all just tired of the health care dilemma, discussion, debate and failed attempts at political […]

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What are the hospitals afraid of?

VTDigger Editor’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 […]

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Universal primary care: Its time has come

Bennington BannerBy Deborah Richter Way 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 […]

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The blind spots in health care reform

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, […]

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Vermont never gave single-payer a chance

Burlington Free Press By Mary Gerisch Two years ago, Bernie Sanders introduced a Medicare for All bill that would move the U.S. toward a single-payer healthcare system. He didn’t get a single co-sponsor.Wednesday, the Vermont independent will introduce his latest version of the bill. Let’s clear up a few myths about Vermont’s efforts to enact […]

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Single Payer Myths

VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by Mary Gerisch, of Bennington, who is a retired civil rights attorney. She is an active leader and board member of Rights & Democracy and is also on the board of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice. Let’s clear up a few myths about Vermont’s efforts to […]

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Opinion: Who Does Congress Represent?

Burlington Free Press We have the jaw-dropping situation in which a congressional majority is attempting to deprive 22-23 million Americans of health-care coverage – while the rest of the advanced world guarantees this coverage to everyone of its citizens. To make things even more perverse, an overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens want this coverage – […]

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Vermont Health Care Lacks a System

VTDigger This commentary is by Jessica Early of Burlington, who is a registered working nurse and family nurse practitioner. She is also a health care justice organizer for Rights & Democracy, a grassroots organization working to build strong communities grounded in health care, economic and environmental justice in Vermont and New Hampshire. Mike Smith’s June […]

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