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Issue Position: Institute Multiple Free Market Health Care Reforms

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I continue to oppose Governor Shumlin's single-payer, government monopoly health care plan because it will impose rationing, limit choice, and inevitably collapse under the weight of increased costs. Only two people should be in charge of your health care: you and your doctor, not a government bureaucrat.

Fortunately, great improvements are possible that don't involve a government takeover of one sixth of our economy. Vermont insurance regulators should offer more advice and impose fewer mandates, invite new insurers to enter the Vermont market to give consumers more plans to choose from, allow generous health savings account rules and high deductible policies, permit lower premiums and/or premium rebates for healthy lifestyles, simplify common administrative procedures, institute tort reform that protects doctors who don't order needless tests, and lets coverage follow people regardless of where they work. With the money saved by these and other actions, we can ensure that health insurance is available to everyone and no Vermonter is bankrupted by catastrophic illness.


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