• The right reasons for sound defeat
    February 05,2014

    The right reasons

    for sound defeat

    Clearly editorials cannot report the news upon which they are based in full, so your board (“GOP takes stand against single-payer plan,” Feb. 2) had to exclude all the whereases that preceded the resolution the party passed.

    However, I was given what is purported to be a copy of the full document, so I am happy to pass it along in full: “Whereas a universal, affordable, participatory, equitable and transparent single-payer health-care plan will: Level the playing field among businesses; encourage the best employees to stay rather than leave for a job which has health-care coverage; encourage the immigration of entrepreneurs who only need assured health-care coverage to create jobs in innovative endeavors; provide insured Vermonters with insurance that meets their needs at less than they have been paying; provide all the rest of Vermonters with insurance they never had; be a rock upon which all Vermonters can rely, even when they lose their job because they are too sick to work; end the role of medical bills in 50 percent of Vermont bankruptcies; reduce the cost of health care in Vermont and be a light unto other states to reform as well, THEREFORE, we urge legislative and statewide candidates to publicly oppose single-payer/government run health care due to the negative impacts on the state’s economy and the lives of Vermonters.”



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