Rebecca Holcombe on Health Care



Confront out of control costs; coordinate state government

As your governor, I will:
Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website RebeccaHolcombe.com , Mar 26, 2020

Scary anyone in public office would doubt value of vaccines

On the anti-vaxx movement: "In moments like this, we see just how critical it is that we support vaccines and make them as available as possible," said Holcombe. "It's scary that anyone in public office or seeking public office would cast doubt about the value of vaccines. It's unbelievable this is even up for debate."
Source: Politico.com on 2020 Vermont gubernatorial race , Mar 21, 2020

Will confront out of control costs of healthcare, drugs

As your governor, I will confront out of control costs of healthcare and pharmaceuticals: Strengthen coordination across state government to make sure critical services from mental health support, to child care, to public health services can be provided in more cost-effective and community-friendly ways.
Source: 2020 Vermont governor campaign website RebeccaHolcombe.com , Jan 23, 2020

If you can't afford health care, it's sick care

She says health care is a primary struggle. "What I hear is that they're feeling that things are getting worse. Their health insurance premiums have gone up by double digits. If you can't afford health care, it's not health care, it's sick care. People literally can't take care of themselves," Holcombe said. "They need a governor who's going to lean into figuring out bringing down the prices."
Source: WCAX TV-3 on 2020 Vermont Gubernatorial race , Jan 20, 2020

Should not have to turn down jobs for healthcare eligibility

Vermont needs a governor who will push back on pharmaceutical and insurance companies and build our health care workforce. It needs a governor who will make sure less wealthy Vermonters don't have to turn down higher wage jobs or reduce their hours to stay eligible for health care. As governor, I will take on the cost of health care, so that Vermonters are free to work, earn and care for their families.
Source: VtDigger commentary on 2020 Vermont Gubernatorial race , Nov 7, 2019

Health is one sector that touches everything

The underlying cost of health care has gone up 6% in one year. Health insurance rates for qualified health plans have gone up double digits this year. People cannot afford this, particularly younger and working-age people. One-third of people in Vermont that are of working age are under insured. Health is one sector that touches everything. If we want to make Vermont more affordable, we have to do the hard work to make sure healthcare is affordable and accessible.
Source: The Dartmouth on 2020 Vermont gubernatorial race , Sep 27, 2019

State's mental health system is underfunded

The state's mental health system is underfunded. Schools can only treat children but can't treat family. What we really need to do is help the families of the kids exposed to trauma. We can treat children, but if we send them back to a family struggling, then the child will just be re-exposed to trauma. Instead of trying to treat people after they are hurt, we need to go to the source and find out what is hurting people in the first place.
Source: The Dartmouth on 2020 Vermont gubernatorial race , Sep 27, 2019

Make health care more affordable

Holcombe said, "I'm gonna win by showing everyday working Vermonters that it's not enough to talk." She added, "I think Vermonters want a governor who's gonna roll up their sleeves and engage."

Holcombe declined to outline specific policy priorities, saying only that she would focus on making health care more affordable, strengthening public schools and addressing climate change. Asked for details, she said, "We got a long opportunity here and I'm just starting."

Source: Seven Days e-zine on 2020 Utah Gubernatorial race , Jul 16, 2019

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VT Gubernatorial:
Christine Hallquist
David Zuckerman
Keith Stern
Matt Dunne
Phil Scott
Shap Smith
Sue Minter
VT Senatorial:
Al Giordano
Bernie Sanders
Brooke Paige
John MacGovern
Lawrence Zupan
Patrick Leahy
Scott Milne

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D) vs.Murray(R) vs.Bonini(C)
IN: Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R) vs.Pisano(C)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinsky(D) vs. fsFeltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R) vs.Peterson(D)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R) vs.Culp(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D) vs.Salango(D)
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