OneCare fails to address true problems

  Bennington Banner To the Editor: In the face of underperformance by OneCare Vermont, the Scott administration has issued an “Implementation Improvement Plan.” The assumption behind this reboot report is that the model is sound and merely needs adjustments. But the report fails to address the biggest problems that Vermont residents face in accessing healthcare. […]

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Job losses highlight health care dysfunction

  Bennington Banner To the editor: Remember how Democratic candidates told us again and again during the presidential primaries that Americans love their private health insurance, love their employer-sponsored plan, and it shouldn’t be taken away from them?  Well, the “radical left” didn’t take away health insurance, and health care, from as many as 27 […]

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Crisis shows need for Medicare for All

  Bennington Banner To the Editor: I watch the corona virus spreading across the nation, first the east and west coasts and now the heartland in a spotty fashion. We lead the world in COVID-19 cases and deaths, yet our federal government still has no comprehensive plan to counter the pandemic. President Trump would like […]

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Take Back Health Care

  Caledonian Record Opponents of Medicare for All like to scare people by warning about a “government takeover” of health care. Let’s get serious: American health care was taken over long ago by insurance companies and other commercial interests. We need to take health care back from them. The commercial takeover has reduced American health […]

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American Health Care

  Times Argus We Americans have experienced two periods of mass unemployment over the last dozen years. We have the most expensive health care system in the world – No. 1! Based on results per population size (actual humans here, keep in mind), we rank 37th – 37! We have seen health care go up […]

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A ‘public’ crisis in a country that worships ‘private’

  Bennington Banner From Ayn Rand to Milton Friedman to Ronald Reagan, America’s conservative heroes have preached “public is bad, private is good.” Just ask a former 2-term president and a former Nobel Prize winner: – “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Ronald […]

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OneCare Vermont just isn’t cutting it

Valley News On Dec. 18, the Green Mountain Care Board, Vermont’s health care regulating body, approved a $1.43 billion OneCare budget, a 59% increase from the previous year. The latest budget increase reflects continued actions by public officials to turn the core functions of Vermont’s health care needs over to an expensive, experimental and for-profit […]

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Dec. 12 Universal Health Coverage Day

Times Argus Dec. 12 is Universal Health Coverage Day, a day for celebration in most of the developed world. In this country, the richest in the world, and in this state, not so much. At the federal level, government support for health care was first suggested a century ago and progress has been slow. Most […]

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One Care Vermont has failed

Brattleboro Reformer Editor of the Reformer, The folks who brought us One Care Vermont were well meaning. Unfortunately, their work product has failed to meet its lofty goals. It is neither cutting costs nor is it providing better health care outcomes. Its latest projection is for a budget of $1.36 billion. This budget puts survival […]

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It’s the administrative costs, stupid

Bennington Banner Why are American health care costs so high? Experts offer up an extensive menu of explanations, which other experts dispute. The answer is a lot simpler than they make it. To paraphrase James Carville, “It’s the administrative costs, stupid.” In 2011, the Commonwealth Fund reported that U.S. medical offices spent 20.6 hours a […]

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