Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign

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The Vermont Breakthrough! How a Human Rights Movement Is Winning a Healthcare System that Puts People First

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Since 2008, the Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign has been organizing to make publicly-financed, universal healthcare a reality in Vermont. In 2011, our people’s movement succeeded in getting a groundbreaking law passed: Act 48, which commits Vermont to providing healthcare as a public good and ensuring everyone can get the healthcare they need, when they need it.

However, after repeated delays, in December 2014 governor Peter Shumlin announced he would no longer pursue public financing for Green Mountain Care -- despite Act 48 committing the state to do so. The governor's decision was political, not economic, revealing powerful opposition to universal healthcare from big businesses and his wealthy allies.

But we've come too far to turn around. Without guaranteed access to care, the human rights crisis in our state will continue unabated. That's why on January 8th, 2015, hundreds of people from across Vermont turned out for an historic demonstration during the governor's inauguration, stating unequivically that the time is now for universal healthcare. Twenty-nine people were arrested for an unprecedented sit-in in the statehouse well, after calling on legislative leadership to commit to public hearings on the governor's healthcare financing proposal.  

Since January 8th, we've testified in healthcare committee meetings and joined faith leaders in calling on legislators to move forward with universal healthcare. The Healthcare is a Human Right campaign is also developing its own financing proposal for Green Mountain Care, which we will release in the coming weeks (see testimony and fact sheet below for more details). Also in the weeks and months to come, we will continue organizing in our communities, connecting with people most impacted by the healthcare crisis and supporting them in sharing their stories.

Our movement doesn't stop at the Vermont border. Inspired by Vermont, people in MaineMarylandPennsylvania and other states have started their own Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns.

 And since the governor's announcement, we've recieved support from across the country, ranging from an open letter to the Vermont governor and legislature signed by over 60 national advocates of universal, publicly-financed healthcare, to a letter of support penned by Rev. Dr. William Barber II, President of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and an architect of the Moral Mondays movement.

Get involved! Here's how you can take action: