October 26th, 2016
HEALTH CARE: Government should do everything it can to lower the cost of high quality and easily accessible health care. Education, training and outreach which would help people to live healthier lives should be part of this initiative. We should wait for the report which is coming out in December to decide the fate of Vermont Health Connect.
HEALTH CARE: Act 48 defines the role of government as supporting a universal and unified healthcare system. It is an unfunded mandate. Universal access to primary care is the next logical step for publicly financed healthcare. It improves population health and system costs by early detection. The Vermont Healthcare Connect is under construction at best. The Vermont legislature has commissioned a study to report on the viability of this program December 15th. It would be prudent to wait for this study before acting.
HEALTH CARE: Healthcare is a complex system, and it’s a pretty broken system today. The cost of healthcare is enormous and many people are not only worried about access, but also being able to pay their bills. I believe that our government should do all it can to reduce the cost of healthcare while maintaining both quality and access.
Vermont Health Connect has taught us that it’s extremely difficult and expensive to change a system as complicated as healthcare.
HEALTH CARE: Health insurance costs drive our public and private budgets. I am committed to finding a fiscally responsible way to a single payer health care system that is focused on health outcomes. I am looking forward to learning more about the primary care for all proposal that will come before the legislature this session.
HEALTH CARE: VTHC is a failure. It should be abandoned. Single Payer was declared unaffordable by Governor Shumlin.
Medicaid exists for people who can’t afford insurance. Eligibility should be based on assets as well as income.
The free market should provide health insurance competition across state lines for everyone else until Medicare age.