Margaret Newton, MD

Let’s lower the Medicare age and avoid the ACA chaos

I am a fortunate 20-year beneficiary of America's single-payer federal health insurance, Medicare. While it needs major improvement, it has excellent coverage and acceptance.

Medicare provides:

1) Free, fast, easy enrollment. Applicants must prove citizenship and payment into the system.

2) Insurance for seniors, disabled people, and those with two specific disorders.

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Single payer health insurance can’t come too soon

Insurance offered through Vermont's Health Benefit Exchange is not part of Vermont's future single-payer system. Required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“Obamacare”), the exchange sells private plans for those needing insurance. Also, Catamount Health and Vermont Health Access Program (VHAP) will cease and...

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