Monday, January 26, 2009

Breaking news: demand curves slope downwards

Vermonters are just finding this out

...proposed increases in monthly health care premiums and out-of-pocket payments will reverse the state's progress shrinking the number of uninsured Vermonters. More than 11,000 Vermonters enrolled in state health programs over the past year, bringing the percentage of uninsured down to 7.

"People are having trouble paying premiums now," said Trinka Kerr, health care ombudsman, noting her office is getting "hammered" with calls. "Any increase in cost-sharing is going to decreased access, and this is a terrible time to be doing that. Making access to health care more difficult is so short-sighted."

Maybe their legislature can repeal the law of demand.

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