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Recent News Stories

Galbriath Plan: Universal Basic Care and Two Percent Payroll Tax
July 13, 2016

Vermont DiggerPeter Galbraith outlined a health care plan Wednesday that he said would improve Vermonters’ access to primary care while restricting hospital executive pay and “monopolistic behavior” in the health care system.Galbraith was a latecomer to the race for governor, running against Matt Dunne and Sue Minter for the Democratic nomination. The only available poll puts him behind each candidate by more than 20 percentage points.But he told reporters that his health care ...

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Dunne Embraces Universal Primary Care As Step to Single Payer
July 01, 2016

Vermont Digger Matt Dunne outlined a three-point plan on Thursday for moving Vermont to a universal health care system.Dunne, who is running against Sue Minter and Peter Galbraith for the Democratic nomination, said he would fix Vermont Health Connect, embrace payment reform under the all-payer model, and then implement a universal primary care system.All three initiatives would support his vision for shifting the state from commercial insurance plans paid for by employers and individuals t...

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Dunne Embraces Universal Primary Care As Step to Single Payer
July 01, 2016

Vermont Digger Matt Dunne outlined a three-point plan on Thursday for moving Vermont to a universal health care system.Dunne, who is running against Sue Minter and Peter Galbraith for the Democratic nomination, said he would fix Vermont Health Connect, embrace payment reform under the all-payer model, and then implement a universal primary care system.All three initiatives would support his vision for shifting the state from commercial insurance plans paid for by employers and individuals t...

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Letters to the Editor

Universal Primary Care, The Right Prescription
June 10, 2016

The Caledonian RecordThe editorial “Another Terrible Prescription” (Caledonian-Record, 05/21/2016) is an editorial conflicting with its own irony. It disses two proposals for publicly-funded universal systems currently in the statehouse — Dr. Dynasaur for children up to age 26 and Universal Primary Care — while simultaneously defending another universal program called Medicare. The editorial says of this program that the state of Vermont cannot get its grubby paws on the ...

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Paying for Lack of Single Payer
May 14, 2016

 Rutland HerladDawn Smith Pliner (“Health care nightmare, May 13) ought to be married to a Canadian. The health enrollment form is one page long — and it covers the entire family. An American acquaintance of mine, married to a Canadian, suffered a three-months-long, life-threatening crisis a month after they moved there and received excellent, affordable care, no further paperwork required.The inept processing Ms. Pliner is subject to is not a bug; it’s a feature. Vermonte...

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Opinion: Universal Care System Favored
May 05, 2016

 Addison IndependentThe letter “Vermont must address health insurance conundrum” (Addison Independent, April 11, 2016) was right on. This health insurance conundrum cannot be repeated enough. Our wages can never keep up with the never-ending rise of health care costs, no matter how high we raise the minimum wage. That “Of the roughly 630,000 people living in Vermont, almost 40 percent of them are on some form of public health care,” as the letter said, plainly shows ...

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Editorials and Op-Eds

Make Primary Care Free For All
April 03, 2016

For the past 25 years, Vermont has searched for ways to better manage health care costs. In all that time a solution — one that has worked everywhere it has been tried — has been overlooked: Make primary care free to all.Primary care is the care received from family doctors and pediatricians and, in Vermont, includes mental health care and substance abuse treatment. Where it is freely accessible it improves the health of a population and the quality of health care while lowering over...

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Make Primary Care Free For All
March 20, 2016

 Vermont DiggerEditor’s note: This commentary is by Deborah Richter, M.D., a practicing physician who lives in Montpelier.For the past 25 years, Vermont has searched for ways to better manage health care costs. In all that time a solution – one that has worked everywhere it has been tried – has been overlooked: Make primary care free to all.Primary care is the care received from family doctors and pediatricians and, in Vermont, includes mental health care and substance abu...

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Opinion: Primary Care For All
February 02, 2016

Burlington Free Press A publicly financed universal health care system (single payer) removes health insurers as the “middleman,” reduces administrative complexity and paperwork costs, and by removing barriers to health care, gets us to the doctor earlier, when our conditions are less serious.Although Gov. Shumlin pressed the pause button on single payer in 2014, it is worth asking if we can still make progress toward the goal of health care as a public good originally enacted i...

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