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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: Healthcare

Re: “Opiate-Addiction Implant Offers an Option to Those in Recovery

This new treatment industry is just ridiculous. A dishwasher has been on buprenorphine for 5 years for an addiction to percocet? JUST QUIT. Yes, you will be sick, yes, it is awful, and then it is over and you can move on.

Unfortunately, I speak from experience. My doctor put me on percocets for 11 months. I quit last August cold turkey after the pain clinic accused me of not wanting surgery just to keep taking pain killers. I went home and spent 4 days in hell detoxing by myself, in a heat wave in August.

You know what? After that, I will never take opiates again. I learned the hard way, something these people all need to do.

We need to stop coddling people, otherwise they don't learn anything and just keep repeating dysfunctional behavior, and we all end up paying for it. Oh, you don't want to be sick?? Too bad, that is the price you pay for taking opiates. You will not die, and you will hopefully not put yourself in that position again. No pain, no gain. Sounds harsh but the truth is never easy to hear.

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Posted by Elrod on 08/07/2016 at 2:34 AM

Re: “Opiate-Addiction Implant Offers an Option to Those in Recovery

Gotta love it when the FDA "Fast Tracks" new, Pharmaceutical products. Screw the testing, get em out to market, the investors are waiting for their returns!!!

$5000. for drugs, to replace other drugs. Probably destroy your liver and kidneys while they "help" with your drug addiction. Meanwhile, commonly available, natural herbs that cost $20. for a month supply & acupuncture at $85./session can do the same thing, minus all the damage and profiteering.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 08/03/2016 at 6:00 PM

Re: “What's in the Water? In Some Places, Traces of Lead and Chemicals

Sadly, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

https://www.facebook.com/Water-Wise-Vermon…

Posted by Kai Mikkel Førlie on 04/02/2016 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Waiting to Inhale: Lawmakers Consider Raising Smoking Age to 21

Lower the smoking age to 12. I mean the Jews consider you a man at the age. After all, this is America and someone has to contribute to our outrageous cost for healthcare (if you're lucky enough to have it). Also, the younger a smoker starts, the less social security they'll collect. Really it's a win/win. Lastly, if you are on death row, the smoking age should be banned all together.

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Posted by Mark Lade on 04/01/2016 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Waiting to Inhale: Lawmakers Consider Raising Smoking Age to 21

Raising the age to 21 is a good idea. Most smokers get addicted before 18 and got their cigarettes from peers who are 18 - like high school seniors. A smaller amount of smokers get hooked a couple years after. This bill would make a big dent in the number of people becoming addicted to smoking.

Also, if Peter Shumlin has any sense he will support this bill, and not veto it as a parting shot against the office he's leaving, like Bob Kiss did when he vetoed the Church St. ban. He could learn a thing by studying how Kiss' political career went after leaving the mayor's office.

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Posted by Alex McHenry on 03/31/2016 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Waiting to Inhale: Lawmakers Consider Raising Smoking Age to 21

Yup you have register for the service at 18, you can buy a bar at 18, but can't drink in it..you can get a loan and credit card at 18..you can get a drivers license at 15..but god forbid you smoke!!!
I'm not a smoker but I feel it's a person right to choose what they want to do..Vermont liberals has taken enough of our rights away from us..Last time I looked this was America, home of the free.. now you can't even shit without someone complaining about it..I've always said the more democrats/liberals who have moved here, they will take over, they want Vermont to be a non-alcohol state, now they want it to be a non-smoking state..

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Posted by Donna Boutin on 03/31/2016 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Waiting to Inhale: Lawmakers Consider Raising Smoking Age to 21

Perhaps we should raise the minimum age limit to 65 ? Never understood why you can die for your country or vote or be executed at 18 but not consume alcohol till 21 . And now tobacco ?

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Posted by Rich ard on 03/31/2016 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Waiting to Inhale: Lawmakers Consider Raising Smoking Age to 21

The smoking age should be raised. I wonder what the idiots who thought banning smoking in parks targets the poor are going to think.

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Posted by Mt.Philo on 03/30/2016 at 8:07 PM

Re: “What's in the Water? In Some Places, Traces of Lead and Chemicals

The Little Hamlet of Putney is host to the "SOUNDVIEW" paper mill, the sweet sackers brook winds it clean and lovely way towards the mill, and I walk by it, enjoying its beauty in sadness, for I know, below the mill, it will have added dioxin and other contaminates. The little neighborhood below the square has had 4 of the 5 cases of clef pallet, a more serious condition then clef lip, in the State of Vermont. So it is with mixed feeling that I send my recyclable paper to the bin, for I know the poisons that this plant will dump to reuse it. Oh, Oh the health of our next generation, so much less important than the profit and the jobs, so it goes with a criminal money system. Why not talk about cleaning up that?

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Posted by Emily Peyton on 03/22/2016 at 11:05 AM

Re: “What's in the Water? In Some Places, Traces of Lead and Chemicals

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/magazine/the-lawyer-who-became-duponts-worst-nightmare.html?_r=0

Posted by Domino on 03/17/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “What's in the Water? In Some Places, Traces of Lead and Chemicals

Friends,
Five years to shut down an arsenic-contaminated water supply is effective oversight? Four months for notification of lead contamination? Guess it depends on if you and your children are unwittingly drinking it.

Here are the links to the reports ...

http://www.drinkingwater.vt.gov/pcws/pdf/2…
http://www.drinkingwater.vt.gov/wqmonitori…
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http://www.drinkingwater.vt.gov/wqmonitori…
http://www.drinkingwater.vt.gov/wqmonitori…

Knowledge is power. Contact me if you are interested in being a part of the change we need to see.

James Ehlers
Lake Champlain International
james @ champlain.ngo

Note: Look us up on Facebook for more info on the topic of contaminated drinking water and lax monitoring.


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
-- Margaret Mead

And, we have it easy. We only need change our little corner here in VT!

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Posted by James Ehlers on 03/17/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “What's in the Water? In Some Places, Traces of Lead and Chemicals

20-30% of Burlington children are not tested for lead levels. Lead is in paint in old housing stock (pre 1978) and in soil where children play. Testing is voluntary. The high cost of health care and education for children who are lead poisoned, as well as high incidence of criminality later in life, makes this a public health issue. Kids are forced to get vaccinated, but not lead tested. I wrote my Representatives and they aren't interested.

I admire Senators Sears and Campion for caring, and getting on ANR/DEC's case. DEC knew for months that contaminated soil was dumped in our neighborhood park, upslope of the lake, and they never informed residents. ANR/DEC sees it's role today as partners with cities and towns, and when contamination will cost the municipality money to remove or remediate, they look the other way, hold test results for months, and facilitate deception and delay.

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Posted by leaterhune on 03/16/2016 at 10:36 PM

Re: “A New Prescription for Treating Health Care — the 'All-Payer' System

These ACO:s are nothing more than capitated HMOs. What is not spent on care then gets divided up among the providers. This is a system that puts doctors in the position of executioners. Why is it these meddlers never look to the only system that has ever been shown to reduce costs: people paying their own bills out of their private HSAs?

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Posted by Val 1 on 02/10/2016 at 4:00 PM

Re: “A New Prescription for Treating Health Care — the 'All-Payer' System

With the current track record why would anyone trust the snake oil salesman, er..Shumlin

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 02/10/2016 at 1:51 PM

Re: “UVM Medical Center Has Grown Into a Billion-Dollar Monolith

It's amazing to see all of this growth and monolith billion dollar budget, but the focus seems to be on facilitates and growth with little mentioning patient care. My observations of my father's care is that there needs to be more investment in real patient care rather than just facilities.

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Posted by Paul Dandurand on 02/08/2016 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Mushrooming Medicaid Costs Create a State Budget Crisis

our state in its infinite wisdom is removing the sick from medicad.
that's how they plan to save money by letting those people die and suffer

Posted by Jim Hart on 01/18/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Mushrooming Medicaid Costs Create a State Budget Crisis

There are a couple other contributing factors not considered. One is that having all children covered under Medicaid, even children of wealthy families, does not make sense. Families with other health insurance should not be eligible for Medicaid. Basically, children covered already by insurance, taken off of Medicaid will save money. Second...we must face the fact that almost 90 percent of all medical costs are related to preventable disease. Holding people accountable for their health is not only good for reducing Medicaid costs, but helps those people in poor health first and foremost. We need to incentivize healthy behaviors. Just talking about healthy behaviors has proven unsuccessful. We need to offer programs of fitness and nutrition and pay for outcomes. Drugs do not cure chronic disease...only exercise and good nutrition is proven effective, but must be applied with first symptoms - BMI, A1C, cholesterol levels, Heart rate recovery...are measurements to warn of risk. Instead of reaching for prescription pads to hand out drugs, there should be prescriptions to medically directed fitness and nutrition. And insurance needs to pay for it... only for programs proven successful...not just gym memberships.

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Posted by Sharon Gutwin on 01/13/2016 at 5:31 PM

Re: “A Health Care Advocate Hatches a Plan to Cover All Young Vermonters

It's a study to find out important information and create a data pool to help make better determinations as to what kind of health insurance program would work best at this time in Vermont. To oppose developing good information upon which to make decisions is the measure of how belligerant and purely ideological some people have become. You can't manage what you don't measure is a good rule of thumb to live by, find out the truth before you make up your mind is another one,

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Posted by John Meshna on 12/11/2015 at 11:05 PM

Re: “A Health Care Advocate Hatches a Plan to Cover All Young Vermonters

Before we went down Shumlin's rabbit hole, the Dr d and the Green Mountain program could have been done in a much cheaper manner than what is going on now. Enough of the high bills and yes it is nice some people will save on premiums but who is going to pay the bill? The average age in VT keeps rising and people need to save for retirement. This is absolutely beyond reasonable expectations.

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Posted by ConcernedVter on 12/11/2015 at 1:57 PM

Re: “A Health Care Advocate Hatches a Plan to Cover All Young Vermonters

OMG YES WE NEED THIS. My premiums jumped 50% this year because I got a small raise and had to switch my kids from Dr. Dynasaur to MVP. Combined with my lowered subsidy, my net income actually went down because of this. I'm seriously considering asking for a pay cut so I can get them back on Dr. Dynasaur. Talk about perverse incentives and unintended consequences.

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Posted by Jeff Laughlin on 12/11/2015 at 10:36 AM

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