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Recent News Stories

Q&A: Ex-health insurance exec Wendell Potter now fights for single-payer
June 23, 2019

VTDiggerBy Mark JohnsonWendell Potter has been fighting for structural health care reform after fighting against it — from the inside.In 2008, he left his position as the head of communications for Cigna. The whistleblower has exposed the abuses he saw and participated in while working in the health insurance industry for more than 20 years.In an interview with VTDigger, Potter discussed his advocacy work, his support for a Medicare-for-All system and his analysis of Vermont’s failed...

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Proponents renew push for universal primary care
February 05, 2019

VTDiggerBy Mike FaherAdvocates for a publicly financed, universal system of primary health care are trying again to advance the initiative after it stalled in the state Legislature last year.H.129, which was introduced last week, calls for a universal primary care system to be in place by 2023.Many questions remain, including how the state would pay for such a system. But Rep. Brian Cina, P/D-Burlington and the bill’s lead sponsor, said public financing is critical to ensuring universal ac...

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House introduces universal health care bill
February 01, 2019

 Times Argus     By Kate Barcellos     Forty-eight representatives from across the state introduced a bill on Thursday proposing universal, publicly-financed health care for all Vermonters beginning in 2023. “This particular bill was introduced in the last and previous biennium,” said sponsor Rep. Brian Cina, P-Burlington. “We’re picking the ball up where we left off ... my hope is that our committee will pass it again since our committee d...

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Letters to the Editor

New healthcare plan is needed
August 15, 2019

Addison IndependentI am writing to you regarding the Green Mountain Care Board decision to again approve a double digit increase for Blue Cross (12.4 percent) and MVP (10.1 percent) on Thursday.These increases in insurance rates make it impossible for families living on a fixed income to afford insurance. So it’s a choice between being insured and basic essential needs like food and housing, so we go without insurance.What is the solution you ask? In 2011 Vermont passed a groundbreaking un...

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12 reasons we need sane health care for all
July 30, 2019

Bennington BannerHealth industry lobbyists keep claiming to wonder why we need Medicare for All when, they insist, we have such a wonderful system already. Well, here are 12 reasons:— 9/11 first responders wouldn’t have to beg for health care.— People in horrible accidents wouldn’t have to resort to online begging.— People with diabetes wouldn’t have to risk amputation to save money on insulin.— People with huge medical bills wouldn’t have to file ...

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All Americans deserve decent health care
June 20, 2019

Bennington BannerTo the Editor:Almost every week I see patients at the Bennington Free Clinic with heartbreaking stories about their health care. Last week it was a patient who has so many medical problems that she could keep an army of specialists very busy. She doesn't qualify for Medicaid because her husband works and their income is above the limit. Recently, they have obtained health insurance through thehusband's job, but it has a high deductible and they will have to pay thousands of doll...

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Editorials and Op-Eds

Bisbee: Take back our government
August 07, 2019

Time ArgusIt has been very interesting to hear all the political pundits and news anchors put their particular spin on the recent Democratic debates.However, as a long-time follower of these events, it seemed that many of the very pointed questions about health care reform were directed at Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren’s stands on a pure, enhanced Medicare for All.Could this have anything to do with who pays for the airwaves? We are told that recent surveys of voters say that most vo...

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Health care affordability
April 01, 2019

VTDiggerBy Barb WilsonEditor's note: This commentary is by Barb Wilson, of Shoreham, who ran for the Addison-Rutland 1 House Representative seat in 2018, the first time anyone ran as a Democrat in many years. She garnered 42% of the vote. At the March 18 Addison County Legislative Breakfast in Middlebury, I had the opportunity to ask Gov. Phil Scott how he was going to address the health care access crisis underway in Vermont. This question arose after I listened to the governor respond to a que...

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Vermont Health Care Headed in the Wrong Direction
March 24, 2019

VTDiggerBy Sue AranoffEditor’s note: This commentary is by Susan Aranoff, senior planner and policy analyst for the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council. The Council is a federally funded public board that supports the advocacy of people with developmental disabilities and their family members.One of the most promising features of Vermont’s health care reform effort has been the commitment by policy makers, providers and payers to look beyond traditional clinical care in order ...

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