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Open Letter to the Vermont Legislature:
Enact a single-payer health care system

Dear Colleague,
 
We invite you to sign the following Open Letter urging the Vermont Legislature to enact a single-payer health program, whether you live in Vermont or elsewhere.
 
Vermont’s lawmakers, concerned about the continuing problems of skyrocketing health care costs and inadequate access to care, will soon receive a report from a consultant on three state-based models of reform, including a single-payer plan.
 
The state’s new governor, Peter Shumlin, has repeatedly said that he wants Vermont to adopt a single-payer program. He reports that he has already spoken with President Obama and Kathleen Sebelius, head of Health and Human Services, about Vermont obtaining any federal waivers needed to create its own program. Sen. Bernie Sanders and other political leaders in Vermont have also pledged their support to work for the enactment of single payer.
 
If Vermont were to adopt a single-payer plan it would set a powerful example for other states and the nation. But its adoption by the Legislature is by no means assured.
 
We encourage you to express your support for the single-payer model and your solidarity with the people of Vermont by signing the letter below and, if appropriate, indicating that you would consider moving your practice to the state if it adopted a single-payer plan.
 
In addition to signing the Open Letter yourself, please distribute it as widely as possible among your colleagues and professional groups (societies, practice organizations, academic units, etc.).
 
We also urge you and your colleagues to support the campaign for single-payer reform by joining or making a tax-deductible donation to PNHP (donation or membership is not required to endorse the letter). You can earmark your donation for the Vermont effort, if you like.
 
Thank you for your support.
 


Deb Richter, M.D.
Past president PNHP
President, Vermont Health Care for All


Garrett Adams, M.D.
President PNHP


Quentin Young, M.D.
National coordinator PNHP


Oliver Fein, M.D.
Past president PNHP


Steffie Woolhandler, M.D.
Co-founder PNHP


Henry Abrons, M.D.
Board member PNHP
President, PNHP California


Physicians to the Vermont Legislature:
Enact a single-payer health care system

Our health care system is failing. It denies care to millions in need, inflicts economic suffering on our patients and communities, and is increasingly bureaucratic.
 
Vermont is in a position to do better and to lead the nation out of our health care morass. We urge the Legislature to enact a single-payer health program. Such reform would reap enormous administrative savings by replacing the current dysfunctional private insurance system with a greatly streamlined financing mechanism. Redirecting the health dollars currently wasted on bureaucracy to clinical care would allow Vermont to offer comprehensive care to all Vermonters, eliminate all co-pays and deductibles, and give patients greater freedom to choose their own doctors and other providers -- without any increase in total health spending.
 
We, the undersigned physicians and medical students, urge you to do the right thing for Vermont and to set an example for the rest of the nation by enacting a single-payer plan.

Sign the letter to the Vermont Legislature

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If Vermont were to enact a single-payer system, I would seriously consider moving my practice there.

I can donate time and other resources to the effort in Vermont. Contact me.

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