On December 13, 2010, in anticipation of its last meeting before the legislature convenes, we gave the Healthcare Reform Commission a copy of our healthcare human rights Assessment Tool, a set of standards that follow directly from the principles of our campaign that were incorporated into Act 128. (That tool is now available online here). We also sent the commission members an email with the message set out below.
Dear Senator Kitchel and Representative Larson and other Healthcare Reform Commission Members:
We officially launched PULL today!
This all started with conversations about our need to expand our popular and political education so that it touches all of the issues that affect our struggle and reaches all members of the Workers’ Center. Now, after lots of visioning and planning, we are super excited to get down to work.
Watch this video ( www.workerscenter.org/pull ) to hear more about what PULL is all about, and come to one of our PULL-togethers or other workshops in December and January!
On December 2, 2010, Peg Franzen and Cassandra Edson of the People's Team met with Christine Oliver, Deputy Commissioner of the Healthcare Administration, division counsel Rebecca Heintz, and Betsy Forrest of the Department of Vermont Health Care (the Medicaid office, formerly "OVHA") to present the Healthcare is a Human Right campaign's position on Vermont developing a healthcare exchange. Although we disagree fundamentally on the value of a healthcare exchange, which the campaign views as perpetuating the model of healthcare as a commodity, the meeting had some positive outcomes.
Today is the big day- the US review ...