Since 2008, the Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign has been organizing to make publicly-financed, 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 providing healthcare as a public good and ensuring everyone can get the healthcare they need, when they need it.
However, after repeated delays, in December 2014 Vermont's governor Peter Shumlin announced he would no longer pursue public financing for Green Mountain Care -- despite Act 48 committing the state to do so. The governor's decision was political, not economic, revealing powerful opposition to universal healthcare from big businesses and his wealthy allies.
In the fall of 2016, the Vermont Workers' Center reaffirmed its commitment to fight for the human right to healthcare, especially in light of President-Elect Trump's threats to privatize Medicare and Medicaid, deregulate the insurance agency and repeal the Affordable Care Act.