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.
The VHCF press release on Governor Shumlin's announcement of the "Business Advisory Council" to develop a funding plan for Green Mountain Care is HERE.
VHCF has examined 1,600 pages of documents associated with the creation of the Health Care Reform Financing plan (which contains no financing plan). HERE are emails between Robin Lunge, Mark Larson and report author Katharine London regarding hiding the required state Medicaid match.
Also within these documents are emails from Green Mountain Board Chair Anya Rader Wallack on the need for an executive summary in the financing report. This is where Ms. Wallack referred to the report as "gobbledy-gook". The emails are HERE.
VHCF's summary of Act 48 required items that are missing from the Financing Report can be downloaded HERE. A graphic showing just how big $1.6 billion is compared to current major VT revenue sources is HERE. And a chart showing the relative size of the claimed savings from GMC single payer is HERE.
The long awaited and overdue and incomplete Financing Report from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Wakely Consulting is available HERE.
VHCF offered these comments on the GMC Board's plan to set limits on overall health care spending in Vermont. Comments are HERE.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal political action committee based in Washington, D.C., conducted a poll to demonstrate support for single payer health reform. Their press release advises Democrats running for office to mislead voters into believeing that taxes needed to support single payer will only be levied against the wealthy. The PCCC press release is available HERE. Analysis fo the poll is the lead story in VHCF's November 2, 2012 Newsletter, HERE.
VHCF conducted a one question survey of Vermont House and Senate candidates seeking their views on Governor Shumlin's plan to continue implementation of Green Mountain Care single payer but defer consideration of the budget and funding plan until 2015. The survey indicates bipartisan opposition to the governor's plan. The survey results are available HERE.
The Green Mountian Care Board sent this memo to state employees, urging them to drop their family plan health insurance and enroll their children in Dr. Dynasaur, the state's government insurance program for uninsured children of low and middle income families. The memo is available HERE.
The Green Mountain Care Board extended opportnity for comments to September 11, and VHCF used the opportunity to expand upon the Health Benefits Exchange Plan Design comments offered below. The extended comments are available HERE.
VHCF offered writen comments to the Green Mounatian Care Board on August 31, 2012 concerning the recommendations for health insurance plan benefits and plan designs within the Health Benefits Exchange. Those comments are available HERE.
VHCF released this ISSUE BRIEF on health care quality and sepnding in Vermont on August 13, 2012. The 7-page document uses analysis and research to challenge the statements of Governor Shumlin and single payer advocates on Vermont's 'crisis' requiring a full government takeover of our system. The ISSUE BRIEF is HERE.
The Shumlin Administration has hired the University of Massachusetts Medical School under a $300,000 contract to develop two financing plans for the Green Mountain Care single payer government monopoly health care system. A copy of the contract between the State of Vermont and UMass is Here.
Dr. Dan McCauliffe prepared this handout for doctors explaining why Canadian-style single payer is not a good model from the provider's perspective. It includes dozens of cites and hyperlinks to back up his arguments. Click here for a PDF of Dr. McCauliffe's paper.
John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute prepared this commentary explaining in plain English why total government control leads to rationing and bureaucratic unresponsiveness. Well worth a read. It is available by clicking here.
On June 6, 2012, VHCF Exec Director Jeff Wennberg joined Dr. Robert Letovsky, Dr. Robert Emmons, Dr. Dan McCauliffe and Bob Gaydos in a workshop titled Healthcare 101: Patient-driven healthcare in the era of health reform at the UVM Aiken Center. Click here for a PDF of Mr. Wennberg's presentation.
In the May 20, 2012 edition of the Sunday Rutland Herald/Times Argus John Franco criticized Wendy Wilton's financial analysis of Act 48. Click here for a detailed rebuttal of Franco's analysis.
On April 17, 2012, VHCF released a response to written statements by Commissioner Steve Kimbell and Director Robin Lunge on H.559, the Vermont Exchange bill. Some of the statements took issue with arguments used by VHCF and other critics of the Administration's plans. Click here to view or download a PDF of the 4-page VHCF response.
VHCF Executive Director Jeff Wennberg made a presentation to the Associated Industries of Vermont Human Resources Seminar in Montpelier on March 15, 2012. Click here to view or download a PDF of Jeff's presentation.
Act 48, signed into law on May 26, 2011, creates Green Mountain Care and establishes the foundation for the state takeover of Vermont's Health Care system. Click here for the full text of Act 48.
Act 171 of 2012, or H.559, is the bill that creates the Vermont Health Care Exchange under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill has passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate and was signed into law by Governor Shumlin on May 16, 2012. The law bans all private insurance that is not offered through the state-specified and controlled exchange as of January 1, 2014 for individividuals, association plans and employers with 50 or fewer employees. These groups total about 100,000 Vermonters who before then must drop their current insurance (whether they want to or not) and purchase coverage from the state-controlled exchange. Additional groups will be requred to participate in 2016.
Click here for the full text of Act 171 as passed into law.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the federal health care reform that creates the Exchanges and requires the states to implement an array of reforms by ceratin deadlines. It is an enormously complex 2,700 page law. The law can be read and downloaded by sections at the following US government web site: http://www.healthcare.gov/law/full/
The Supreme Court Decision on the constitutionality of the ACA released on June 28, 2012, available from the U.S. Supreme Court web site: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf
The Hsaio Report, "Health System Reform Design, Achieving Affordable Universal Health Care in Vermont" and released to the Legislature on February 17, 2011 is available here.
January 13, 2013 Draft Report of Medicaid Disproportionate Share Payments