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Pass tort reform first
Thanks for the link to the “Hsiao Report” on health care reform. Many good points raised in your articles.
The report has a lengthy discussion of medical malpractice reform, actually suggesting this may be a “necessary precursor” to other steps proposed (p. 53). Why not enact tort reform first and realize a 2-9% cost reduction from that alone?
Heath care reform should ban assisted suicide
I am troubled that our new governor wants Vermont to show the rest of the nation how to control health care costs (speech at Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, January 2011), but also wants Vermont’s legislature to be the nation’s first to legalize giving lethal pills to patients. I cannot say with certainty if these two “Vermont leads the way” health care initiatives are connected. But as a former HMO health insurance sales rep, I know that end-of-life care costs insurance companies plenty, and that their “cost control” would improve if society’s very sick people begin to die prematurely by overdose of barbituates.
The bottom line is that we can’t let vulnerable Vermonters become victims of the bottom line.
— Heather Sheppard