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Recent News Stories
Save Healthcare rally in Montpelier draws couple hundred supporters
February 25, 2017
NBC5Updated: 6:25 PM EST Feb 25, 2017 Abby Isaacs, WNBC 5 ReporterMONTPELIER, Vt. —A couple of hundred people turned out for a Save Healthcare rally in Montpelier Saturday as part of Sen. Bernie Sanders' National Day of Action.The point is to resist the national Republican proposals to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and work on a universal health care system in Vermont."I think it's probably fair to say that when it comes to healthcare, Vermont is Donald Trump's nightmare," st...
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...
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...
Letters to the Editor
Primary Care Essential
March 14, 2017
Times ArgusImagine a health care system that allows you see a doctor when you feel sick without stressful billing considerations. Two universal primary care bills, Vermont Senate bill S.53 and Vermont House bill H.248, will do just that.Primary care is the foundation of any successful health care system and also one of the most cost-effective ways for a healthy society. Many minor medical conditions are treatable before they become major ones if found in time, including mental health and addicti...
A Way Forward in Health Care Reform
March 11, 2017
Vermont StandardGuaranteed Primary Care for every Vermonter is up for further financial feasibility study in our Vermont Legislature.House bill #248 and Senate bill #53 ask the Joint Fiscal Office to develop options for considerations by the legislature next year. Primary care, which provides, medical, mental health and substance abuse first-line care, is the health care most of us use most of the time. It is the cheapest of all health care and in the long run, saves money. Many of today&r...
Universal primary care offers a good answer
March 09, 2017
Stowe TodayTo the Editor:I would like to respond to “Spending money to make money can work” (opinion column by Rep. Dave Yacovone, News & Citizen, March 2).I have heard this as well, and for more circumstances than just health care. It is perfectly true in all of them, including health care.Our system is the world’s most expensive, with the least covered for this expense. Our system is this way, however, because it is not a system. It is a medley of different parts working ...
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...
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...
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...