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Opinion: Porter Medical Center engaged in union busting

Posted on November 19, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



I am writing in response to Angelo Lynn’s editorial of Nov. 9. The idea that it is necessary to cut healthcare coverage to part-time employees in order to save Porter Medical Center from financial ruin would be believable if this strategy weren’t so obviously a classic union-busting tactic.

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Opinion: Benefits end for Porter part-timers

Posted on November 5, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



Recently it has come to light that Porter Medical Center, which includes the hospital, the nursing home and the physician offices, is ending healthcare benefits for employees who work less than 30 hours per week. These part-time workers will no longer have health, dental or vision coverage as part of their compensation, and it affects all part-time workers: nursing, housekeeping, technicians, maintenance, clerical, food service — even physicians.

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Opinion: PMC cuts healthcare benefits for part time workers

Posted on November 2, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



Recently it has come to light that Porter Medical Center, which includes the hospital, the nursing home and the physician offices, is ending healthcare benefits for employees who work less than 30 hours per week. These part-time workers will no longer have health, dental or vision coverage as part of their compensation, and it affects all part-time workers: nursing, housekeeping, technicians, maintenance, clerical, food service — even physicians.

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Opinion: Blue Cross request epitomizes broken health care system

Posted on August 3, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



This is a letter that I wrote to the Green Mountain Care Board as a follow-up to testimony that I gave at their public hearing on July 29 in Montpelier concerning a request by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont for yet another rate increase.

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Opinion: Paid sick days a boon to Vermont

Posted on May 10, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



In the Addison Independent’s Legislative Review last week (April 30, 2015), Rep. Fred Baser concluded with comments in opposition to a House bill mandating paid sick days for Vermont workers. I happen to know Fred Baser and have sat across from him in labor negotiations. I am of the opinion that he is intelligent, personable and fair-minded, but I think that he is wrong in opposing paid sick days for Vermont’s workers.

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Opinion: Protestors did the right thing

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



I am writing to respectfully disagree with Rep. Warren Van Wyck’s assessment of the protests in the Statehouse on Jan. 8.

So, here we are in a nation that had its beginnings with the likes of Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty, and in a state that had its foundations laid by the outlaw Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys, and some of us are insulted and concerned that the Statehouse might witness further scenes of “ill-behaved protesters?”

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Opinion: Corporate interests are winning the health care battle

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



I have some questions about Gov. Shumlin’s recent cessation of universal single-payer tax-supported health care for Vermont.

Was there a coalition of conservative Democratic and Republican legislators who threatened to vote for the Republican candidate for governor if Shumlin carried out his plan to implement Act 48?

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Opinion: Insurance carrier's rate increase hurts Vermonters

Posted on August 22, 2014 |
By Millard Cox



I was struck by the irony of two juxtaposed news stories this week. One story described the impact of our state’s revenue shortfall and the resulting $31 million in budget cuts that will further distress needy Vermonters and impair the capacity of state service agencies to meet the needs of their clients. The other article concerned the request by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont for a 9.8 percent rate increase to its subscribers.

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Opinion: Lawmakers urged to endorse bill for paid sick days

Posted on March 19, 2014 |
By Millard Cox



There is something going on at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier that Vermonters need to pay attention to. The House bill to grant paid sick days (H.208) to Vermont workers has stalled because our representatives are apparently more interested in representing the retailers, the grocers and the Chamber of Commerce than in acting in the interest of the workers of this state, who voted them into office.

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