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 organizing 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.
This fall and upcoming 2015 legislative session, we'll be fighting alongside our partners to ensure that Green Mountain Care will be funded equitably through progressive taxes, and that we leave behind the era of insurance and "benefits packages" towards a system which guarantees care for those who need it, when they need it. The state of Vermont is required to make decisions on funding and care before 2017, and the coming months will be critical to ensure these measures fulfill our human right to healthcare.
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.
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!