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.

News Updates

Investigative Report:
February 20, 2013

Shumlin Administration Studied Payroll, Income Taxes to Pay for Green Mountain Care

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Background:

Act 48 of 2011 set the State of Vermont on the path to Canadian style single payer health care. The Act did not identify how the state would finance the move from premium-based to tax-based health care financing, but...

Newsletter - February 15, 2013
February 15, 2013

Here is the most interesting news and analysis regarding Vermont’s single payer health care experiment from the week ending February 15, 2013.

IN THIS ISSUE:

> Funny Numbers: Costs are Savings
> Funny Numbers: Emails Reveal Single Payer Loses Money
> Anya Rader Wallack: Financing Report is “gobbledy-gook”
> . . . And What the Documents do not Reveal
> Single Payer Spreading Across the US

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Funny Numbers: Costs are Savings

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Newsletter - February 8, 2013
February 8, 2013

Here is the most interesting news and analysis regarding Vermont’s single payer health care experiment from the week ending February 8, 2013.

IN THIS ISSUE:

> Who Knew What When?
> The VT Exchange: Risky Business
> Shumlin Health Care Reform Budget “Fraying at the seams”
> VT Hospital Costs Up Largely Due to Government Actions
> Shumlin Plan Punishes Employers for Doing what Shumlin Wants
> Franco: Deal with Single Payer Financing Now
 

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Newsletter - February 1, 2013
February 1, 2013

 Here is the most interesting news and analysis regarding Vermont’s single payer health care experiment from the week ending February 1, 2013.

IN THIS ISSUE:

> Legislators Demand GMC Financing Plan
> Administration Response: “We substantively complied with the law.”
> Leading Democrats Express Unease with Shumlin’s Financing Stonewall
> Special Report on Financing Plan (corrected version)

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Legislators Demand GMC Financing Plan

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SPECIAL REPORT - Single Payer Financing Plan Violates Act 48
January 31, 2013

January 31, 2013

Green Mountain Care Health Care Reform Financing Plan

Last Thursday Governor Shumlin presented his budget address to the Legislature, and invested only two out of thirty minutes in the subject of health care. At about 5:00 PM the long awaited and overdue financing plan report was released – just late enough to ensure no one would be able to digest its 133 pages overnight. On Friday morning administration officials presented the report to a joint meeting of the House Ways and Means and Health Care committees, and we were there....

PRESS RELEASE: GMC Funding Plan Calls for $1.6 Billion Tax Increase
January 24, 2013
 For Immediate Release  
January 24, 2012
 

Governor’s Health Finance Report Calls for $1.6 Billion Tax Increase

Montpelier, VT— Observers of Governor Shumlin’s Budget Address may have been disappointed at the lack of attention given to health care finance. Indeed, only about two minutes of the speech were devoted to health care and no specifics were offered. But the long-awaited and 9-day overdue report from the University of Massachusetts Center...

Newsletter - January 18, 2013
January 18, 2013

 Here is the most interesting news and analysis regarding Vermont’s single payer health care experiment from the week ending January 18, 2013.

IN THIS ISSUE:

> Statistics Disprove Governor’s Claim
> VT House Committee Sets Health Care Agenda
> Legislature Considers Single Payer Benefits for Undocumented (Illegal) Immigrants
> Health Care Reform Causes Insurance Sticker Shock
> Explained: How Reform Drives Up Costs
> Feds Give VT Another $2,167,747 for Exchange; Total to Date: $161,028,414...
Newsletter - January 11, 2013
January 10, 2013

The Vermont Legislature is back in town so, here is the most interesting news and analysis regarding Vermont’s single payer health care experiment from the week ending January 11, 2013.

IN THIS ISSUE:

> Shumlin Administration Announces it will Violate the Law
> It’s Official: Shumlin Wants No Health Reform Legislation in 2013
> Health Spending Growth Remains Low Again . . .
> . . . But Health Insurance Premiums are Skyrocketing
> Cost Shift Causes Rift
> Point/Counterpoint: Debating a Misinformed Single Payer Advocate

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Newsletter - January 4, 2013
January 4, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here is the most interesting news and analysis regarding Vermont’s single payer health care experiment from the week ending January 4, 2013.

IN THIS ISSUE:

> GMC Board Plan to Limit Health Care Expenditures is “Folly”
> VT #3 Behind CA and NY in Federal Health Care Reform Spending
> VT Health Exchange Plan Wins Approval from Feds
> Canadians Continue to Wait for Health Care

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GMC Board Plan to Limit Health Care Expenditures is “...

PRESS RELEASE: Health Expenditure Target Plan Misses the Mark
January 4, 2013
PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 4, 2013      

Health Expenditure Target Plan Misses the Mark

Montpelier, VT— Vermonters for Health Care Freedom has sharply criticized plans to set heath care expenditure ‘targets’ for Vermont. The three page letter cites multiple reasons for opposing the plan of the Green Mountain Care Board to use gross domestic product (GDP) – a broad measure of economic activity – as the basis for targeted limits on statewide health care spending.

In the letter VHCF states, “The idea that the GMC...

"So much of the focus of H 202 and S 57 is centered on controlling the cost of health care, which is a multi-faceted entity. This legislation in its current form will directly affect the manner in which health care providers are reimbursed for their services, rather than address the root issues of the so-called “health care” crisis. Health care is costly due to many factors, including patients who are reluctant to be proactive about their health or who make poor health and lifestyle choices. Before the legislature moves forward with governmental regulation of an entire industry, they should be reminded that they are altering an industry that is responsible for 20% of the state’s economy. In addition, this bill is nothing more than an empty shell as it does not outline benefits, access, or how it will be funded. Take it back to the drawing board before you do permanent damage to the industry and the state."

Andrew Conte of Milton, Vermont
Occupational Health Coordinator

  • 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.