The Vermont Breakthrough! How a Human Rights Movement Is Winning a Healthcare System that Puts People First
Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign
Since 2008, the Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign has been working to make 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 creating a healthcare system providing healthcare as a public good and ensuring everyone can get the healthcare they need, when they need it.
We credit our success to our unique model: combining a human rights framework – the cornerstone of which is our 5 human rights principles – with a strategy to organize our communities and build a grassroots, statewide base of people committed to healthcare as a human right.
If Vermont can move away from treating healthcare as a commodity in a market system and implement publicly financed universal healthcare, we can lead the way for others across the United States to do the same. Inspired by Vermont, people in Maine, Maryland, Pennsylvania and other states have started their own Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns.
As we head down the road to implementing his new system, the next three years are critical. Before 2017, the state of Vermont is required to decide what care is included in the healthcare system, and create a plan to pay for it with public funds. It’s up to us to make sure that these measures fulfill our human right to healthcare by ensuring that everyone gets the care they need, when they need it, and paying for the system in an equitable way. Once Vermont gets federal permission to opt out of the exchange in 2017, we will implement our own universal healthcare system.
Insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, big business employers and their lobbyists are all working hard to prevent universal healthcare from ever happening, so we must keep our eyes on the prize and stay on the road toward healthcare as a human right in Vermont – and nationwide!
What we need now is your participation to make universal healthcare a reality in Vermont!