Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security Education Fund policy director Donna Sutton Fay (“Don’t go backwards on health care,” Dec. 19) doesn’t understand the intent of the national politics that warp Vermont’s drive for affordable and universal health care: The dramatic increase in out-of-pocket costs for Vermonters are necessary because the Affordable Care Act was designed to make money for the health insurance industry.
The “insurance exchange” mandate was included in hopes that the public would find the out-of-pocket expenses during the “exchange” years so bad that they would beg to turn back to the for-profit sector.
We can only hope our legislators keep this in mind as they fashion a system for the post-exchange years, which will be all-inclusive, affordable, transparently managed, equitable and governed by the public.
And may your readers be aware that the financial punishment about to be visited upon them is meant to drive them back into the arms of the for-profits.
SpringfieldMORE IN Letters
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.