Thursday, March 17, 2011

Health Care "Reform" Board...Cutting Costs?

The health care bill (H202) currently before the legislature, calls for the formation of a 5 member part time board with broad powers for determining the kind of health care benefits to be provided under Green Mountain Care and for imposing budget limits for hospitals and compensation levels for physicians.  This new board represents the beginning of an enormous and costly bureaucracy which will be put in place to control our health care.  Governor Shumlin recently announced that the 5- member board will cost $700,000 annually in salaries plus benefits even though only the chairman will be a full time employee.  This figure does not include the cost of the board's administrative staff which will initially include an additional 12 people.  Our State is already dealing with a substantial deficit.  We cannot afford this additional cost. 

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