Vt. healthcare proposal raises many questions

There are 9 comments on the Jan 23, 2011, Bennington Banner story titled Vt. healthcare proposal raises many questions. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

When Harvard economist and international health care consultant William Hsiao proposed that Vermont become the first state to move to a single-payer system of health insurance, the immediate response from just about every quarter was to ask a question.

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ElvinSilva

New York, NY

#1 Jan 24, 2011
I dont feel like i should be forced to have health insurance, I think everyone would like to have health insurance if they could afford it. If you need affordable health insurance search online "Wise Health Insurance" you dont want to be with out insurance any time.

“ESSAYONS”

Since: Mar 09

Bennington, VT

#2 Jan 24, 2011
ElvinSilva wrote:
I dont feel like i should be forced to have health insurance, I think everyone would like to have health insurance if they could afford it. If you need affordable health insurance search online "Wise Health Insurance" you dont want to be with out insurance any time.
And those that can't afford health insurance can continue to go to the ET for whatever ails them and not pay for it, thus forcing those of us who have insurance to pay for what they didn't through higher healthcare costs. If that's the way we're going to go, then we should rid ourselves of all social programs, round up those who can't afford to support themselves, or their families, and send them off to some third world country, and let them fend for themselves. I'm not saying I'm all for this plan, but since I don't have any better ideas, I'll have to leave it in the hands of the politicians, for now. Too many people on this forum seem to good ideas about nearly every subject, but they only post them here and never contact their respective politicians and share their ideas. Let's face it, Government works more efficiently when "We The People" get involved. And yes, when I feel I have a good idea, I contact my elected officials at the local, state and/or federal level. And you're right, one person cannot make a difference, on his/her own. But in numbers, the eventually have to listen, or find another job. This is a "Government of the People, for the People, by the People". We the People are the true power of Government. It just seems like everyone has forgotten this, or the've stopped caring.
Halsey

Bennington, VT

#3 Jan 24, 2011
Why not spend one fifth of the savings or 100 million to cover the costs of the people who cannot afford the extra money for the expensive prescriptions, after the insuance payment,This would still save trim 400million and make the plan more equitable for all.
Concerned

Bennington, VT

#4 Jan 24, 2011
Acording to the VP Task Force Report to the White house of 2/2010 and the US Census Bureau approx 30-40M need some help in obtaining affordable health care. NOT EVERYBODY IN THE COUNTRY! This isn't about health care this is about "control". So why not come up with a system to help them and leave the rest of us alone.This isn't about health care this is about "control". Some savings, my premuim went up $30 and co-pays have increased since bill was passed. My income has stayed static. Am not comfortable with this bill at all.If you feel like reading the bill go to this site: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D...
Whatever

Brockton, MA

#5 Jan 24, 2011
"And those that can't afford health insurance can continue to go to the ET for whatever ails them and not pay for it, thus forcing those of us who have insurance to pay for what they didn't through higher healthcare costs."
So repeal the law that makes this so. Problem solved.
People appear to think that free mandatory ER care has always existed, but the fact is that the law requiring such services dates only to the middle of the Reagan administration.
Were hospital parking lots and lawns full of dying people denied access to care prior to 1982? They weren't. I was there, and can assure you they weren't.
It's really an atrocious canard and blatantly morally and intellectually dishonest to pass a law FORCING such costs onto hospitals, and then to turn around and demand that uninsured people buy health insurance in order to make up for the unintended consequence LIBERALS created.
I was voluntarily uninsured for a good part of my 20's. I was healthy, single, and male. Paying a monthly insurance premium would have been moronically uneconomic for me. There was truly minimal risk that I would face any cost beyond my ability to pay out of pocket. Paying a monthly insurance premium would have been pissing money away. And that was at premium rates as they stood in the 80's and 90's. And also at premium rates where community-based pricing wasn't in play. It's even more idiotic now for a single male to buy individual coverage. That's why the planners need to get the whip out.
Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson

Seattle, WA

#6 Jan 24, 2011
Should employees get healthcare through employers or should employers help them get it through the state exchange? http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/...

Since: Jan 09

Bennington, VT

#7 Jan 27, 2011
Where is the money to come from.
Robert

Brewster, MA

#8 Jan 27, 2011
ElvinSilva wrote:
I dont feel like i should be forced to have health insurance, I think everyone would like to have health insurance if they could afford it. If you need affordable health insurance search online "Wise Health Insurance" you dont want to be with out insurance any time.
Then give yourself medical care when you get sick. That should solve the problem.
Jackie O

Brewster, MA

#9 Jan 27, 2011
This is 1000 times better than the mess they passed at the fed level. It is simple and can be done without a ton of red tape.

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