Hsiao options will be presented at 9:30am, Weds Jan 19

We just got the word that Dr. Hsiao will be presenting the universal healthcare designs options at 9:30am on Wednesday, January 19th in the Well of the Statehouse. They are expecting a big crowd and have reserved Rooms 10 and 11 as over flow rooms pumping in audio from the presentation.

If you plan to come, email to let us know because we'll be doing some organizing that day. Also, stay tuned for the release of our human rights assessment tool which will help us navigate the options to determine the best designs for meeting the principles of Act 128.

Human Rights Assessment Tool Given to HC Reform Commission

On December 13, 2010, in anticipation of its last meeting before the legislature convenes, we gave the Healthcare Reform Commission a copy of our healthcare human rights Assessment Tool, a set of standards that follow directly from the principles of our campaign that were incorporated into Act 128. (That tool is now available online here). We also sent the commission members an email with the message set out below.

Dear Senator Kitchel and Representative Larson and other Healthcare Reform Commission Members:

Welcome to the People's University!

We officially launched PULL today!
This all started with conversations about our need to expand our popular and political education so that it touches all of the issues that affect our struggle and reaches all members of the Workers’ Center. Now, after lots of visioning and planning, we are super excited to get down to work.

Watch this video ( ) to hear more about what PULL is all about, and come to one of our PULL-togethers or other workshops in December and January!

People's Team Meets with HCA about State Healthcare Exchanges

On December 2, 2010, Peg Franzen and Cassandra Edson of the People's Team met with Christine Oliver, Deputy Commissioner of the Healthcare Administration, division counsel Rebecca Heintz, and Betsy Forrest of the Department of Vermont Health Care (the Medicaid office, formerly "OVHA") to present the Healthcare is a Human Right campaign's position on Vermont developing a healthcare exchange. Although we disagree fundamentally on the value of a healthcare exchange, which the campaign views as perpetuating the model of healthcare as a commodity, the meeting had some positive outcomes.

Meeting lots of folks!

Wed was our panel discussion on social and economic rights. Folks from the State department and Health and Human services were there, as well as many brothers and sisters from NGO organizations afiliated with USHR network. It was a great panel highlighting our individual efforts and the interconnectedness of all of the social and economic rights.