The nation’s governors and state lawmakers should use every legal means available to them to fix their broken health insurance markets and thus reduce the punishing costs Obamacare is imposing on the residents of their states.
Sen. Claire Ayer and Rep. William Lippert do not want young healthy to drop their insurance. They are seriously considering shutting off this exit ramp for the young and healthy by creating a Vermont individual mandate to buy state-approved insurance.
Many states are eager to reverse the damage from Obamacare in 2018, but in some cases, they will need help from Congress, leading health care experts say.
Medicaid is a program intended to help the sick, elderly, disabled and poor, but in Vermont, it is also being used to quietly pad politically friendly unions’ bank accounts.
The mandate was always more of a “nanny tax” than a way to raise government funding. Democrats included it in the law to force the young and healthy to buy into the government-run health exchanges so as to offset the high cost of the old and very sick.
The Vermont Medical Society has released a list of about a half-dozen priorities for the upcoming 2018 legislative session, and some of those aims are likely to stir robust debate at the Statehouse.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted a video Wednesday claiming that health care wait times in Canada aren’t a “major problem.” Yet whether judging by physician benchmarks or the relative performance of other countries, Canada faces chronically long health care wait times.
Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday that he has appointed former state lawmaker and public finance official Tom Pelham to the Green Mountain Care Board, filling a position vacated by Con Hogan in September.
The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee says Republican’s tax plan unveiled Thursday could potentially include a repeal of the individual health care mandate in Obamacare.