HEALTH CARE: We have a great network of community hospitals and providers here in Vermont. We should not fault them for engaging in business practices that are necessary to be sustainable in our current health care financing environment. Yet this environment is disastrous for providers, employers, families and for patients who struggle to pay the bills.
HEALTH CARE: The role of government in healthcare should be to reconnect the patient with the caregiver. When a patient can choose which doctor to go to, the quality of health care is maintained, and if the patient is encouraged to shop around by being directly involved with the payment of healthcare then the cost of healthcare is contained.
HEALTH CARE: I believe that the state should enact a single payer health care system, providing universal health care for all. The legislature’s task is to provide a means of funding this through state revenues. I expect something in the form of a payroll tax would be the primary source, but other sources may be considered. This is the way Medicare is funded. This will be a priority task for the upcoming legislature.