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Recent News Stories

Advocates hopeful of action on publicly funded health care next year
October 30, 2017

VT Digger   Health care advocates touted two pieces of legislation they see as a step toward universal publicly funded health care Saturday during a conference in Montpelier. The identical bills introduced in the Vermont House and Senate earlier this year would make primary care available to all Vermonters by 2019. Specifically, S.53 and H.248 identify their purpose as ensuring Vermonters are able to get primary health care “without facing financial barriers that would discourage ...

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Universal Primary Health Care: Good Idea?
September 21, 2017

Stowe Reporter As the country squabbles about the best health care system for the nation, a number of Vermonters have been pushing for guaranteed primary care for everyone in the state. But a number of questions remain to be answered, such as what primary care means and how it will be funded. In 2015, two bills proposing publicly financed primary care were introduced in the Vermont House and Senate with tri-partisan support. A study found that for $48 more per Vermonter each year, every...

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Bill Providing Primary Care for All Vermonters Viewed as First Step to Single Payer
August 21, 2017

Vermont Public RadioA plan to create a publicly financed primary health care system for all Vermonters will be a top priority for the Senate Health and Welfare committee during the 2018 session.The legislation enjoys strong support in the Senate where 13 senators have signed on to the bill as co-sponsors.The bill calls for a comprehensive study of a plan that would provide all Vermonters with primary health care services. The proposal would be financed using tax dollars; part of the study would ...

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Letters to the Editor

Medicare for All -- Now
October 11, 2017

Seven DaysI am delighted that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has introduced a plan for national universal health care [Fair Game, September 13]. Vermont needs a backup plan just in case Bernie's bill doesn't succeed this year. We could show the nation how the compassionate and rational people of Vermont address the health care crisis. As I understand it, the biggest impediment to Vermont's recent efforts was finding the tax dollars. Like many affluent Americans, I earn most of my income through cap...

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Enough Patchwork Healthcare
October 02, 2017

Bennington Banner To the editor: I work as an after school teacher and a personal care assistant in the city of Burlington. I love my jobs — I spend my time caring for people and making their lives easier. Unfortunately, this care work is not paid well and I do not receive benefits. If I didn't have Medicaid, I would not have health insurance. I'm young and healthy — I eat vegetables, don't smoke, and get lots of exercise. When I started getting heart palpitations a few months...

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Current health care proposals aren't the real answer
August 07, 2017

Addison IndependentBy Jason KayeIn a recent guest editorial published in this paper, the co-authors — four top executives of medical centers and health insurance companies in Vermont — promoted the ideas of healthy lifestyles and individual responsibility as the primary strategy to end the health care crisis.Living a healthy lifestyle is probably easy to do for these four folks, considering that in fiscal year 2015 they made the following in total compensation: $353,000 (Jill Berry B...

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Editorials and Op-Eds

Vermont never gave single-payer a chance
September 26, 2017

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 universal so-called single-payer health care. Myth 1: Single-payer health care failed in Vermont. You can’t fail at som...

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Single Payer Myths
September 21, 2017

VTDiggerEditor’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 enact universal — so-called single-payer — health care.Myth #1: Single-payer health care failed in Vermont. You can’t fail at something you didn’t...

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Opinion: Who Does Congress Represent?
July 20, 2017

Burlington Free PressWe 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 – only a paltry 16 percent standing with the reps. How can people in Congress possibly defy this mandate from the people who put them in ...

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