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Support for Michael Sirotkin
I am writing in support ofSenator Michael Sirotkin’s campaign for re-election.

Senator Michael Sirotkin has earned a well-deserved reputation of taking on powerful interests and fighting for the underdog. Over the course of his 30 years as an advocate for consumer groups at the state house, he has successfully spearheaded affirmative legislation against the tobacco, pharmaceutical and insurance industries.

One new “underdog” issue for Senators Sirotkin and Ashe is the rapid disappearance of small independent medical practices as they are subsumed by large regional hospitals, further driving up the cost of health care. The disparities in reimbursement for an independent doctor compared to a hospital-affiliated doctor for the identical service is startling. For example, a respected organization of independent doctors recently reported Blue Cross paying an independent physician $78 for a short office visit, while it paid a practice affiliated with the Medical Center $177 for the identical service.

Senators Sirotkin and Ashe are addressing this important issue by directing Blue Cross and MVP to recommend how the state can make reimbursements to hospitals versus independent doctors more equitable and thereby, reduce overall costs, while also preserving our independent practices.
Edward Kent, M.D.
Shelburne, VT


Thank you to Shelburne Water and Sewer Dept.
I want to commend the Shelburne Water and Sewer Dept. for their quick action in eliminating a health hazard in my back yard. After noticing a very unpleasant odor, I contacted the president of our association who placed a call to the department. They responded immediately upon receiving the notification. It was determined that the source of the odor was a broken sewer pipe on a neighboring property and it was fixed that day.

This experience is just one more reason why I enjoy living in Shelburne.
Murial Majarian



Debbie Ingram endorsement
Debbie Ingram is an exceptionally well-qualified candidate to represent Chittenden County in the Vermont Senate. She is a dedicated public servant who brings local government experience from her years on the Williston Selectboard along with statewide grassroots organizing experience from her years as executive director of a Vermont interfaith organization.

Debbie cares deeply about improving life for all Vermonters. She has experience advocating for quality housing, living wages, and affordable health care. She is a “listener” who has worked with groups who have widely divergent points of view. She is compassionate and dependable. Remember “Debbie” when you select your six Senate candidates in the August 9 primary.
Carole Carlson

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