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Recent News Stories

Universal Primary Care Bills Introduced!
February 10, 2017

We have great news in the fight for publicly financed health care for all Vermonters. Two new bills, S53 and H248, which propose creating publicly financed primary care for all, have been introduced with tri-partisan support!  This is a way to move forward on the roadmap laid out in Act 48 to create health care as a public good in Vermont.  Every Vermonter would be entitled to free primary care with no barriers. Accessible primary care has been shown in numerous studies to be the s...

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Vermonters Rally Opposition To Obamacare Repeal
January 18, 2017

VT Digger BURLINGTON — About 1,000 Vermonters flooded the auditorium of Burlington High School on Sunday for a rally opposing Republicans’ planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act and pushing for universal health care.The demonstration was part of a nationwide day of action spearheaded by Sen. Bernie Sanders and others and came just two days after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to initiate the swift repeal of the ACA. Sanders said 70 rallies were held from Main...

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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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Letters to the Editor

The Next Health Care Victim
January 17, 2017

The Burlington Free PressA health care crisis is coming down the road at very high speed. Getting rid of the ACA (Obamacare) is one of our new president’s top priorities. That will end subsidized health insurance under the ACA, and the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid.Millions of people, including many, many thousands of Vermonters, will rapidly become unable to afford trips to doctors and hospitals.Medicare, already too expensive for many seniors, is also looking at “reform” ...

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Universal Primary Care the Right Direction
December 02, 2016

Times Argus Burr Morse’s supposedly humorous commentary on health care reform, which is implying that reform “is going in the wrong direction,” is far from humorous to the many health care providers working hard to solve the crises of past years. Yes, Burr, it was once quite hard to find a doctor taking on new patients, but it can be getting better with health care reform that prioritizes primary care. Yes, as a fellow old Yankee, a year older than Burr’s brother, Elliot...

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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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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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