Rethinking health care means rethinking our values

VTDigger Bill Schubart’s excellent commentary “It’s past time to rethink how Vermont health care is evolving” shows how much we lost when then-Gov. Shumlin killed Act 48, our universal health care program. When he and the Democrats abandoned Act 48 back in December 2014, shortly after Shumlin nearly lost an election that he should have […]

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Health care for all: A matter of life and death

Bennington Banner By Tevye Kelman and Manny Mansbach Tevye Kelman lives in Washington and Manny Mansbach lives in Athens. Both are members of the Vermont Workers’ Center. The opinions expressed by columnists do not necessarily reflect the views of the Bennington Banner. As health care and other living costs spiral ever further out of people’s reach, […]

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Protecting the Powerful and Wealthy

VTDigger The Vermont Supreme Court’s decision to side with OneCare over our state auditor, Doug Hoffer, made me wonder if our Supreme Court is following the U.S. Supreme Court in protecting the powerful and the wealthy from democracy. This decision was rendered in the suit brought by OneCare against our state auditor concerning his request […]

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“Privatizing” Medicare?

Caledonian Record To the Editor: Medicare’s goal is to have all traditional Medicare recipients in managed care arrangements by 2030 [https://innovation.cms.gov/strategic-direction-whitepaper; see p. 13]. That’s bureaucratic speak for privatizing Medicare by putting a commercial business—a middleman—between you and your doctor. The many millions of people on traditional Medicare will be shifted against their will to […]

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Health Care Fail

Rutland Herald We all have a lot to worry about nowadays: war in Ukraine, gun safety, inflation, civil rights, COVID-19 and much more. We should add our health care system to the list. We Americans pay twice as much as any other country for our health care and still our hodgepodge chaotic system fails to […]

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Who Pays for Medicaid?

Seven Days [Re “As Costs Rise, Vermont’s Largest Hospitals Demand More Money,” March 23, online]: In response to recent coverage about who pays for health care, I wanted to add another perspective I gained after working in the field of human resources. Prior to doing payroll and health care benefits administration, I had naïvely thought […]

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What is the relationship between UVM Health Network and MVP?

VTDigger Anya Rader Wallack denies that the “UVM Health Network has become an insurer.” It is, she says, merely in “a partnership with MVP … to provide a Medicare Advantage product to eligible people in our region that is informed by our doctors. We are part of MVP’s network of health care providers.” How does […]

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Medicare Advantage: How can the government allow this behavior?

VTDigger When you opt for Medicare Advantage instead of traditional Medicare, you place decisions about your health in the hands of an insurance company intent on making a profit. Three-quarters of the Medicare Advantage business is currently in the hands of six huge insurers: Humana, CVS, Anthem, Kaiser Permanente, Centene, and Cigna. Because of the […]

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Health care GPS is steering us backward

VTDigger I again thank Bill Schubart for another of his incisive commentaries about our health care mess (“Health care is a self-driving truck with no GPS). Yet, this self-driving truck definitely has a GPS. It is guiding us backward instead of forward, while trying to make it look like we’re moving ahead. It seems to […]

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Don’t fall for Joe Namath’s ads

Bennington Banner You probably have seen Joe Namath on television hawking Medicare Advantage plans. Don’t be fooled! Joe was a decent quarterback, but a health insurance expert, he is not. Right now, there are two versions of Medicare: Original (federal) and Advantage (commercial). In addition, there is a new program called REACH which can switch […]

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