Bernie Sanders: Here’s How to Cover Uninsured Americans During the Pandemic

  POLITICO By Senator Bernie Sanders As the coronavirus continues to spread, and the United States climbs closer to 1 million cases and nearly 60,000 deaths, we face an unprecedented economic and health care crisis that demands an unprecedented response. While we work toward an economic solution that keeps people on the payroll, Washington is also […]

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Richard Slusky: Why not Medicare for All?

VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by Richard Slusky, of South Burlington, who was the CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor from 1982 to 2010, after which was director of payment reform for the Green Mountain Care Board until 2016. He is now the owner of Slusky Consulting. The coronavirus pandemic has […]

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Richard Davis: A shout-out for hospital support staff

  VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by Richard Davis, of Guilford, who has been active in health care reform for 30 years. Semi-retired after a 40-year nursing career, he volunteers at the Brattleboro Walk In Clinic counseling people on insurance options.  Everyone treating Covid-19 patients is risking their lives. Doctors, nurses, respiratory, physical and […]

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Single-Payer Health Care Did Not Fail in Vermont

The Progressive Rather, the plan was killed by conservatives and the health care industry for political reasons before it was ever implemented. by Lee Russ The people intent on killing “Medicare for All” have found a convenient weapon—the fact that Vermont, Bernie Sanders’s own state, passed a law creating a single-payer system in 2011, then killed […]

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Ellen Oxfeld: Accountable care organization — hype versus reality

VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by Ellen Oxfeld, a member of the board of the advocacy group Vermont Health Care for All. She lives in Middlebury. “What if there was a prolonged illness in the family? Should I be pacified by the fact that I only have to come up with $15,000 out of my […]

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Susan Aranoff: Evaluate the all-payer ACO model

VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by Susan Aranoff, J.D., who is a senior planner and policy analyst for the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council. Judging from a recent uptick in VTDigger commentaries about health care reform, Vermonters have many questions about our state’s experiment known as the All-Payer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model. None is […]

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Fay Homan, MD: Heading off Vermont’s primary care crisis

Bennington Banner By Fay Homan, MD After a decade of federal and state healthcare reform efforts, each with its own catch phrase, acronyms and political perspective, there is one area of remarkable agreement. Any approach to increasing quality and decreasing cost is built on a strong foundation of primary care. However, there simply aren’t enough […]

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Ethan Parke: Planning for the post-OneCare era

VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by Ethan Parke, of Monpelier, who is a member of Vermont Health Care for All. A version of this commentary was submitted to the Green Mountain Care Board. Structural and functional problems with the OneCare/All Payer Model are beginning to become evident; the Green Mountain Care Board should take […]

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Patrick Flood: By all the numbers, OneCare is failing

VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by Patrick Flood, the former commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and former deputy secretary of the Agency of Human Services. He is now retired and lives in East Calais. It is clear that Vermont’s ill-advised plan to turn our […]

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