MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

January 7, 2011

Healthcare Reform In Vermont

Filed under: Medicare, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 5:54 am

Don’t you wish we had a governor like this?

Here is an excerpt from Governor Shumlin’s Inaugural address – January 6, 2011:

The rising cost of healthcare for Vermont’s middle class and small businesses provides an equally daunting threat to economic prosperity. Just ten years ago our little state was spending $2.5 billion a year to stay healthy. Today we spend over $5 billion. That increase represents an enormous hidden tax on families and small businesses across our state. If left untethered, the rising cost of health insurance will cripple us.

That’s why we must create a single-payer healthcare system that provides universal, affordable health insurance for all Vermonters that brings these skyrocketing costs under control. Let Vermont be the first state in the nation to treat healthcare as a right and not a privilege; removing the burden of coverage from our business community and using technology and outcomes-based medicine to contain costs. By doing so, we will save money and improve the quality of our care.

Some will say it can’t be done. The special interests; insurance companies, pharmaceutical industry, medical equipment makers; the same lobbyists that spent hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure that real reform withered in Washington can be expected to exercise their will to protect their enormous profits.

Others will say reform will destroy our existing healthcare system. But logic suggests – and our experience shows – that our current system is unsustainable; that underfunded reimbursements starve our doctors and hospitals; that duplication, waste, inefficiencies and rising costs will drive more rural providers into bankruptcy and destroy our quality of care, which is the very best in the land. I ask the defenders of the current system to explain how small businesses, municipalities and taxpayers can sustain double digit premium increases year after year.

Shortly we will receive plans from Dr. William Hsiao to help us design a health care system that Vermonters can afford. I’ve assembled a healthcare team that will invite providers, consumers, businesses, municipalities, insurers, and our congressional delegation to the table to help Vermont build a sensible healthcare system. I call upon single payer supporters to resist the temptation to oversimplify the challenge. I call upon skeptics to challenge us, but to join us at the table. I call upon Vermonters to join together with the common purpose of our state once again leading where others dare not go; universal, affordable, quality healthcare that follows the individual and is not tied to employment.

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January 3, 2011

Vermont Leads The Way

Filed under: Medicare — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:18 am

The Boston Globe editorializes that Vermont should be granted the necessary waivers from the new “health care reform law” to permit it to set up a state-wide single-payer healthcare system.  That makes sense from an economic point of view, and it makes sense if you believe in states’ rights.

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2011/01/02/vermont_creating_a_singular_health_system/

November 26, 2010

Will Vermont Be The Next Saskatchewan?

Filed under: Medicare — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 8:51 am

Vermont is moving with incredible speed toward instituting a single payer universal health care system  Details in the link.  If the states are the great “laboratories of democracy” where new ideas and programs are tried out before going national, this could be the beginning of something huge.  You might start eyeballing Green Mountain real estate.  Citizens and businesses will flock to Vermont if single payer becomes the law there.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/11/25/923327/-Vermont-moving-forward-with-Single-Payer!-Must-Read-(Update-1