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Last night, over 50 Franklin and Grand Isle County residents came out to participate in a forum on our Human Right to Healthcare. Ten legislators from the across the counties attended the event held at the Franklin County Senior Center.
Legislators in attendance included:
Sen. Randy Brock
Sen. Sara Kittell
Rep. Michel Consejo
Rep. Gary Gilbert
Rep. Jeff Young
Rep. Brian Savage
Rep. Kathy Keenan
Rep. Ira Trombley
Rep. Mitzy Johnson
Rep. Richard Howrigan
Sunday, Nov 15 People's Forum on Healthcare: Franklin and Grand Isle County
4pm, Sunday, November 15
Franklin County Senior Center, 75 Messenger St, St. Albans
This forum with local state legislators will explore the how Vermont can establish healthcare as a basic human right and win single-payer healthcare in 2010. It is being organized by the Franklin/Grand Isle County Organizing Committee of the Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign, a project of the Vermont Workers' Center that seeks to change what is politically possible in healthcare reform efforts through grassroots organizing.
Last night, over 50 Caledonia County citizens came out to participate in a forum on our Human Right to Healthcare. Six legislators from the across the county attended the event held at the Danville school.
Legislators present included:
Sen. Jane Kitchel, D-Danville
Sen. Matt Choate, D-St. Johnsbury
Rep. Leigh Larocque, R-St. Johnsbury
Rep. Lucy Leriche, D-Hardwick
Rep. Bob South, D-St. Johnsbury
The number of Vermonters forced into unemployment by the global economic crisis has put a strain on the State's unemployment insurance fund. To address this problem, the Douglas administration has proposed cutting the amount of money that unemployed Vermonters will receive while they are out of work. The governor calls this a "balanced" approach to dealing with the problem. We call it heartless and inhumane.
This week the health care reform bill, HR 3926, will be brought to the floor of the US House of Representatives for debate (http://docs.house.gov/rules/health/111_ahcaa.pdf). The bill does not include the amendment by Rep. Kucinich that would have eased the way for states to implement single payer programs, nor does it appear that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will keep her promise to allow a floor vote on an amendment by Rep.
On October 31st The Rutland Healthcare is a Human Right Organizing Committee marched in the 50th Annual Rutland Halloween Parade. Though it was raining hard, the committee members dressed as "Insurance Company Vampires", patients, doctors and nurses marched chanting "Our health is not for profit" and "Hey hey, ho ho, Insurance Companies have got to go!". They received cheers of support from the massive crowd.
On Saturday October 17th several members of the Healthcare is a Human Right campaign came out to tell Congressman Peter Welch healthcare is a human right not a privilege.
While some members of the community came to express their concerns about the federal legislation and ask questions, many people spoke out in support of a single-payer system for Vermont when the federal bill falls short of fixing the problem.
"I don't think it's fair," said Amy Lester (pictured right) "that insurance companies get to make the healthcare pie, slice the pie, serve the pie and deny service of the pie."
FAIRLEE - This past weekend, the Vermont State Labor Council, AFL-CIO convention delegates representing 9,500-members unanimously voted to "endorse H.100 and S.88 ... (and to) play a leading role together with our allies in the Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign ... in mobilizing broad public and political support for single-payer healthcare." Building a powerful movement "to change what is politically possible" with real healthcare reform is the Vermont AFL-CIO's #1 priority.