Letters 7 – 12 – 2011

Green Mountain Care costs already a concern  

Interesting to note that even BEFORE a dime is spent on Green Mountain Health Care, the sages are already saying the the salary levels are far too low to attract sufficiently qualified talent to run the program. Does that mean that in order to get Act 48 up and running, the sages will have to start increasing costs at the outset? Are we in for a ride!

— Jim Bulmer


Forum on healthcare reform set for July 14th in Essex, 6:00 pm.

A town hall style forum on Vermont’s health care law will be held Thursday, July 14 at 6 pm at the Essex Grange Hall on Route 15.

The event is sponsored by the Green Mountain Patriots and will feature interesting speakers who will discuss important information not currently being discussed about the potential financing of the health care system and the outcomes of the forthcoming changes that will impact all Vermonters. Dr. Robert Letovsky, who has lived in Canada and currently resides in Vermont will contrast the Canadian health care system with the current US system, and the Vermont plan for single payer health care. Other speakers include John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute, who will discuss the law as passed, Robert Maynard of True North Reports who will discuss the moral and social implications of health care reform, and Wendy Wilton, Rutland City Treasurer, who will discuss a financial projection model she developed regarding Green Mountain Care to address cost.

The event organizer, Pat Crocker, feels this event is important because “Unlike other events, this town hall will offer a balanced perspective on health care reforms in Vermont. We are aiming to provide insight to Vermonters on the questions of who will be covered, how much will it cost, and how care might be changed.” Crocker, a pediatric occupational therapist, experiences health care issues everyday in her work. “Reforms are needed,” states Crocker, “However we must take utmost care to ‘do no harm’ in the process, and an informed public is essential to ensuring that reforms will meet the needs of Vermonters.”

– Green Mountain Patriots


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