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.
BURLINGTON - On October 16, leaders of the Vermont Workers' Center and United Professionals of Vermont/AFT, including nurses from Fletcher Allen, met with Vermont State Senator Doug Racine, who is chair of the Vermont Senate Health & Welfare Committee about the goals of the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign to take action on single-payer legislation H.100 and S.88. (Links are to .pdf files of each bill.)
Rutland County Healthcare Is A Human Right Organizing Committee Report from People's Forum on Healthcare, Rutland Free Library
On October 6th, over 80 Rutland County citizens participated in a forum on our Human Right to Healthcare, at the Rutland Free Library. All 22 Rutland County Legislators were invited. There were eight Rutland County Legislators in attendance, four Democrats and four Republicans. Several answered questions in the Q&A session at the end of the forum.
The Legislators present were:
Rep. Peg Andrews, Rutland City Democrat
Williston - On Saturday October 10th Peter Welch held a forum on healthcare at Williston Central School which drew over 50 people, including a bunch of right wing opponents to healthcare reform.
We are happy to report that dozens of Healthcare is a Human Right supporters spoke out demanding that healthcare not be treated as a commodity and pointed out that healthcare is not like auto insurance.
Rutland Herald & Times Argus, October 8, 2009
The campaign by Vermont activists to push for a single-payer health care system for the state of Vermont begins with a moral imperative and moves to a practical proposal.
RUTLAND HERALD: Is health care a human right?
Campaign makes case for universal care at forum
By Brent Curtis Staff Writer - Published: October 7, 2009
RUTLAND - With conditions here and there, every legislator in the room Tuesday night agreed that health care was a "right" — or at least a "national value."
At the Savoy Theater in Montpelier and Merrill's Roxy in Burlington, Vermont Workers' Center leaders have been tabling at showings of Michael Moore's new film "Capitalism: A Love Story". People leave the film wanting to take action to change this unjust system. We've collected lots of healthcare is a human right postcards from movie viewers and talked to lots of people about getting involved.
We encourage you to see the film and join us tabling at the theater! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you are interested in helping out.
VPR: "Forums push single-payer health plan" Thursday, 10/01/09
LISTEN AT: http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/85986/
(Host) A Burlington group that advocates for workers is holding a series of forums around the state to persuade lawmakers that they should adopt a single-payer health care plan.
VPR's Ross Sneyd has more.
(Sneyd) The Vermont Workers' Center is already disappointed in the health care debate in Washington.
James Haslam is director of the center.