Vermont’s Prescription Drug Plans Should Do No Harm

By Michael O’Connor Vermont has been on the leading edge of state efforts to implement health care reform, passing legislation to create a statewide health care exchange and to increase access to affordable care through a managed care partnership.[1] The Vermont Agency of Human Services is proposing to be a first in the nation Medicare…

Decoding the Language of Green Mountain Care

by John McClaughry The Shumlin Administration is proceeding at flank speed to realize its breathtakingly ambitious promise of “comprehensive, affordable, high-quality, publicly financed health care coverage for all Vermont residents in a seamless manner regardless of income, assets, health status, or availability of other health coverage” – Green Mountain Care. The Administration advocates –including Gov.…

Scoring “Proficient” in Defenestration Avoidance

by Martin Harris Ask your high school student of European history and/ or Latin about “defenestration” and he will explain to you that the term comes from two High Middle Ages events in Bohemia (the present Czech Republic) when kings first had such tossing-out-the-window executions performed on courtiers who professed any politically-incorrect opinions. In today’s…

Could Elizabeth Warren teach Burlington something about race?

by Rob Roper Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat candidate for the US Senate from Massachusetts, was highly respected for her accomplishments in the academic world. That is, until it came out in the campaign that she told her employers Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania that she was 1/32 Cherokee Indian. She’s not. Or, at…

Bell-Wether? Maybe Not

by Martin Harris A story from Korea had an infantry patrol wending its way across the rice-paddies on the raised dikes between the flooded mini-fields, and when the young lieutenant in charge realized he was going, alone, in the wrong direction on the wrong dike, he splashed across the intervening paddy to re-assume the lead…

Leahy gets a head start parroting HCAN’s talking points

by Robert Maynard There has been a lot of media attention focused on Vermont’s senior Senator’s shot across the bow of the Supreme Court Justices who are considering the constitutionality of Obamacare.  Less attention is being paid to the fact that Senator Leahy’s outburst followed closely on the heels of a discovery of a talking…

Brock campaign’s challenge with media bias begins…

by Rob Roper Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock gave a rousing speech to his party faithful at the VTGOP convention on May 19th. In that speech, he alluded to his answer to healthcare reform, a free-market approach as opposed to Governor Shumlin’s government monopoly, single payer scheme. The Vermont Press Bureau picked up on the…

“Smart Grid” initiative makes us all unwitting guinea pigs

By William Boardman If your state was installing a new technology that would impact virtually everyone, you might assume your state was acting based on the most complete and current science available to protect everyone’s health. If your state was Vermont and it was intent on installing wireless technology in every home and business, you’d…