Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign Members Speak out at Welch Forum in White River Junction

amyllizbwelchforu_0.JPGOn 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."

Vermont AFL-CIO endorses Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign and joins national in supporting single-payer

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.

Sen. Racine meets with Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign and commits to take action on S.88

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.)

Report from Rutland Oct 6th People's Forum on Healthcare

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

Congressman Peter Welch Healthcare Forum in Williston Draws 50+, Next up White River Junction on Oct 17

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 Editorial on Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign

Rutland Herald & Times Argus, October 8, 2009

Inherent Compassion

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 People's Forum on Healthcare draws 85+ participants, lead story in Rutland Herald

10.7.09 108_1_0.JPGRUTLAND 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."

The Vermont Workers' Center and Michael Moore's new film "Capitalism: A Love Story"

medium_hbuck 001.jpgAt 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 if you have any questions or if you are interested in helping out.

Watch the trailer.

Read Naomi Klein's interview titled "Michael Moore: America's Teacher"

Check show times at the Savoy Theater and Merrill's Roxy.

Vermont Public Radio report on Healthcare is A Human Right Campaign

VPR: "Forums push single-payer health plan" Thursday, 10/01/09


(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.