Smoke and Mirror Terminology

June 15, 2012

Brattleboro Reformer

Editor of the Reformer:

John McLaughry writes ("Decoding the language of Green Mountain Care," June 11) about Green Mountain Care, the health care system now being developed for Vermont. He faults the GMC board, headed by Anya Rader Wallack, for dodging the term "single payer" in describing the unified and universal health care system the board is charged with designing. He assumes they do that to avoid "a comparison with the 40-year-old government-run system operating just across our northern border."

Perhaps. But who needs to look to Canada when we have, right in this country, a 47-year-old government-run program, Medicare, which works quite well?

My hunch is that it’s McLaughry who’s dodging, hoping to distract us from the success of our own single-payer Medicare system.

Lee Stookey,
Brattleboro, June 12