The Constitution and Accountability

by Tom Salmon These words are used by elected officials as they try and convince the citizens that we are moving forward as a county. Another “42 dollar word” to be included in this category is Transparency. Angry citizens and special interests groups that have something to potentially lose also see fit to evoke the…

The rationing commission moves a step closer

by Robert Maynard It looks like “the rationing commission” just took a step closer.  Back in April I posted a commentary entitled “Hence cometh the rationing commission”, which pointed out that the hospital budget cap set by the Green Mountain Care Board would likely lead to health care rationing.  The article noted how the imposition…

Protecting Our Constitutions

by John McClaughry The United States Constitution, adopted this week in 1787, was rightly described by Prime Minister Gladstone (1887) as “the most remarkable work…to have been produced by the human intellect at a single stroke… in its application to political affairs.” Our written Constitution is the rulebook for the ordering of political society. It…

Extended Comments on benchmark Essential Health Benefits plan selection and plan design recommendations

by Jeffrey Wennberg Georgia Maheras, Esq. Executive Director Green Mountain Care Board 89 Main Street, Third Floor, City Center Montpelier, Vermont 05620 DearMs. Maheras: Vermonters for Health Care Freedom is submitting these extended comments on DVHA’s recommendations for EHB benefits and plan designs. These comments are not intended to replace those transmitted on August 31, but rather…

Let’s focus on fair spending

by Audrey Pietrucha “No taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant.” George Washington The question of tax fairness comes up a lot anytime but especially during an election year as candidates trip over themselves and each other trying to convince voters their tax policy is the fairest of them all.…

Shumlin’s sixteen month old campaign begins today

by Rob Roper Today is the day Peter Shumlin begins acknowledging that he has a campaign for re-election. If that’s a weird way of putting it, it’s because Shumlin has been acting weird about his reelection campaign for sixteen months. For some reason he has been denying that his campaign even existed, despite the fact…