New healthcare plan is needed

Addison Independent I am writing to you regarding the Green Mountain Care Board decision to again approve a double digit increase for Blue Cross (12.4 percent) and MVP (10.1 percent) on Thursday. These increases in insurance rates make it impossible for families living on a fixed income to afford insurance. So it’s a choice between […]

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12 reasons we need sane health care for all

Bennington Banner Health industry lobbyists keep claiming to wonder why we need Medicare for All when, they insist, we have such a wonderful system already. Well, here are 12 reasons: — 9/11 first responders wouldn’t have to beg for health care. — People in horrible accidents wouldn’t have to resort to online begging. — People […]

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All Americans deserve decent health care

Bennington Banner To the Editor: Almost every week I see patients at the Bennington Free Clinic with heartbreaking stories about their health care. Last week it was a patient who has so many medical problems that she could keep an army of specialists very busy. She doesn’t qualify for Medicaid because her husband works and […]

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Do we need Blues, MVP? We do not.

St. Albans Messenger Do we need Blues, MVP? We do not. The editorial by Emerson Lynn “15.6% rate increase is insane (Messenger, May 15, 2019) raises an important question about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBS) that we need to face both in Vermont and, for that matter, across the land. BCBS consumes a […]

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Paying Price for Lack of Health Insurance

Bennington Banner To the Editor: Recently we have been caring for a man with a history of coronary artery bypass grafting and Type 2 diabetes. About two years ago he lost his job and his health insurance and couldn’t afford to see his doctor. He soon ran out of insulin and went without it for […]

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Since when is saving $378 million too expensive?

Brattleboro Reformer Peter Shumlin got it wrong when he backed down from implementing a single-payer healthcare system in Vermont in 2014. Five years later, middle and lower income people all over Vermont are struggling even harder to meet the rising costs of health care. The recent state survey found that 3 percent of Vermonters under […]

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Support universal primary health care

Times Argus Five years after most of the provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) came into effect, the health care law is still a political hot button issue that has been embroiled in legal challenges since President Obama signed it into law in 2010. Republicans have tried multiple times – unsuccessfully […]

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Please consider H. 129 health care bill

Brattleboro Reformer   Editor of the Reformer, The following letter was sent to our VT House health care committee members: Dear Rep. Lippert and fellow Vermont House Health Care Committee members, I was delighted to see that Brian Cina’s bill has been introduced and sent to your committee for consideration. After looking over your agenda […]

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Medicare for All Deserves Support

Bennington Banner To the Editor: Over half of Americans delay or don’t get health care because they can’t afford it. That’s because we are the only wealthy nation which does not have universal health care. Thirty million of us are uninsured and many more are underinsured. Even though insured, high deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments keep […]

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Time to guarantee health care for all

Bennington Banner To the Editor: Soon after we opened the Bennington Free Clinic, a 45-year-old woman with severe low back pain came for evaluation. She could barely get onto the exam table because of her pain and needed to be assisted by me and our nurse. She told of how the pain had started about […]

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