Another look at Shumlin Care

To the Editor:

I was delighted to see your editorial (Oct. 22) concerning the market survey conducted under the auspices of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation seeking to obtain a profile of how many persons had health insurance.

When I received my copy of the survey I questioned how the legislature could have passed the healthcare reform bill, aka "Shumlincare". If the administration had doubts about how many people had insurance, it was nothing shy of consummate hubris and intellectual dishonesty to push the bill. If their estimates were good enough to commit the state to spend massive amounts of cash over the coming years, it would appear that the current survey is completely superfluous.

The question for all legislators - soon to be elected or re-elected - is whether they have the courage to challenge the very assumptions on which the bill was passed.

Pete Gummere

St Johnsbury, Vt.

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