Vermonters for Health Care Freedom is a 501 (c) (4) organization of individuals and businesses who are deeply concerned about health care reforms being implemented by Governor Shumlin, and seek patient-centered reforms that protect the traditional doctor-patient relationship.

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Newsletter: August 23, 2013
August 23, 2013

My Turn
An Unhealthy Public Policy

This week VHCF’s newsletter will recap the last 4 newsletters of our Health Care Exchange Series and included a commentary from VHCF founder Darcie Johnston titled an “Unhealthy Policy”. In this commentary we issue a challenge to Governor Shumlin. If you agree with our challenge please call the Governor’s office at 802-828-3333 and let him know.

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Newsletter: August 14, 2013
August 16, 2013

Newsletter #4 Vermont’s Health Insurance Exchange
What You Need To Know About Vermont Health Connect
August 16th, 2013


Vermonters for Health Care Freedom is continuing our newsletter series on the Federal and Vermont State Exchanges. Our aim is to provide information to our client businesses and newsletter recipients, to help you wade through the morass of the Vermont Exchange, known as “Vermont Health Connect”, and also to keep you updated on related happenings at the federal level.

We are grateful for the support we continue to receive from tax...

Newsletter: August 9, 2013
August 9, 2013

Vermonters for Health Care Freedom (VHCF) is continuing through our newsletters to provide relevant health plan information to client businesses and newsletter recipients. The information is designed to help you wade through the morass that is Vermont’s health care exchange, otherwise known as “Vermont Health Connect."

Correction to our August 2nd newsletter: In our cost example of a single person taking the MVP Bronze plan, we added the $3,500 medical deductible in as a separate cost to the member. It is not a separate cost. It is included in the member’s out of pocket maximum expense of $6,350 per year, as...

Newsletter: August 2, 2013
August 2, 2013

Vermonters for Health Care Freedom is continuing through our newsletters to provide information to client businesses and newsletter recipients, designed to help you wade through the morass that is the Vermont Exchange, otherwise known as “Vermont Health Connect."

According to recent reports, it is not at all clear that the Exchange’s computer system will be up and running by October 1 to process Vermonters’ health plan applications. Already the Shumlin Administration is lowering expectations. State health reform director Robin Lunge has publicly stated that they will process all the applications by hand if necessary....

Newsletter: July 26, 2013
July 25, 2013

With less than 100 days to go before the Vermont Exchange (Health Connect) takes effect for over 110,000 Vermonters, Vermonters for Health Care Freedom will be publishing a series of weekly newsletters and commentaries between now and September 15, 2013.  

Vermonters for Health Care Freedom strongly opposes Vermont’s requirement that individuals and small businesses (<50) purchase health insurance only through the Exchange.  On June 28, 2013, the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman, Darryl Issa, sent a 3 page letter to Mark Larson,...

Newsletter - May 17, 2013
May 17, 2013

Special Edition: Legislature Ends

IN THIS ISSUE:

> Health Freedom Victory: Premium Tax Defeated
> Legislature Approves Ponzi Funding for Vermont Health Connect
 

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Health Freedom Victory: Premium Tax Defeated

Vermont is essentially under one-party rule, so any victory for the minority party is noteworthy. Of significant note in 2013 was the successful defeat of the proposed “premium tax” to fund the Vermont health benefits exchange, Vermont Health Connect. After...

Newsletter - May 3, 2013
May 2, 2013

Here is the most interesting news and analysis regarding Vermont’s single payer health care experiment from the week ending May 3, 2013.


IN THIS ISSUE:

> Vermont Health Exchange Falls Behind Other States
> Sen. Joe Benning Responds
> Why is VT Pursuing Canadian-Style Single Payer?
> $7 Million for Health Reform Advertising in Vermont
> Larson: “doing actual work is a major milestone” 

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Vermont Health Exchange Falls Behind Other States


For the last couple of weeks ...

Newsletter - April 26, 2013
April 25, 2013

 Here is the most interesting news and analysis regarding Vermont’s single payer health care experiment from the week ending April 26, 2013.

IN THIS ISSUE:

> VHCF to Legislature: Do Your Homework before it’s too Late
> BCBSVT Offer Rebuffed: Exchange Train Wreck Still on Track
> A Tale of the Tax with Nine Lives: The Catamount Assessment  
> Health Savings Accounts Doomed in Vermont  
> Vermont’s Home Health Care Monopoly Defended, Explained
> Larson: Vermont Exchange to be Costliest per Capita in US
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Vermont Health Connect: Pushing Forward— Despite Serious Concerns about Funding, Implementation
April 22, 2013

Montpelier—Vermonters for Health Care Freedom applauds the actions of Representative Martha Heath (D-Westford) and Representative Carolyn Branagan (R-Georgia) in proposing an independent assessment to ensure VHC will be financially sustainable, outside the auspices or assurances of the Shumlin administration.

In a recent letter sent to Representatives Heath and Branagan, Darcie Johnston of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom, wrote “Commissioner Larson’s testimony on the high costs per capita to develop and run the exchange in Vermont should give you pause about moving forward with its implementation this year.  You...

Newsletter - April 19, 2013
April 18, 2013

Here is the most interesting news and analysis regarding Vermont’s single payer health care experiment from the week ending April 19, 2013.

IN THIS ISSUE:

> Democrats Challenge Shumlin’s Health Reform Cost Estimates
>  Key Architect of ObamaCare Fears Health Reform ‘Train Wreck’  
> Yet ANOTHER Plan to Avoid Blame for the Largest Tax Increase in VT History

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Democrats Challenge Shumlin’s Health Reform Cost Estimates

For the first time since passage of Act 48, Democrat leaders...

"It amazes me to hear politicians say the present Vermont health care system is completely "broken" when by most national measures Vermont's health and healthcare always come out at the very top of the 50 states. Having served nearly thirty years in a solo orthopedic surgical practice involving call every night and 7 day a week coverage for Gifford Medical Center I proudly treated every patient whether they could pay or not - some even at home. My colleagues, nurses and staff at Gifford Medical Center equally serve their fellow Vermonters 24/7 without regard to ability to pay. It denigrates us all when our efforts are so callously categorized for political advantage in pursuit of the Holy Grail of a single payer which may or may not help solve the problems of health care funding."

William Minsinger MD, Randolph, Vermont

  • Employers pay 40% of the healthcare costs – and were never consulted.
  • An appointed board will determine benefits, coverage, funding, deductibles, co-pays, premiums, technology, provider payments, etc.
  • Under this law, you will not be allowed to purchase insurance outside of the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange.