wins the gubernatorial race in Vermont, the campaign has pretty much failed to
illuminate the issue of health care reform, one of the most momentous the state
has ever faced. Health care now eats up 20 percent of the state’s economic
output and there is a broad consensus that the current trend is unsustainable.
The Green Mountain Care Board has now completed its approval process for
the coming year’s budgets for Vermont’s
14 hospitals. It was the board’s first effort and marked the third iteration in
the state’s effort to regulate health care costs. The first was the Hospital
Data Council that ran through the 1980s and early 1990s; that morphed into
BISHCA, which first got the power to set budgets in the mid-1990s; and now the
Green Mountain Care Board, which has the same powers as BISHCA, but should have
far greater weight than its predecessor.
We talk with Howard Dean about the chaotic primary schedule and how the presidential candidates are getting focused in the weeks before Iowa and New Hampshire.
Also, analysis of week’s news and a student theater production about hate crimes and the legacy of Matthew Shepard.