The Antidote to Healthcare Repeal: Organizing

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On Monday night, the Republicans in Washington revealed their plans for replacing the Affordable Care Act. Unsurprisingly, their plan would hurt poor and working-class people and women while creating billions of dollars of new tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy.

Organizing is the antidote to attacks on the human right to health care. Please consider becoming a member of the Vermont Workers’ Center so we can resist these attacks together.

Simply defending the Affordable Care Act (popularly known as “Obamacare”) is not enough. We must lead with our vision of a universal healthcare system, publicly and equitably financed, to ensure that the human right to health care is guaranteed to all people in Vermont, and in our country.

Once again, Vermont has the opportunity to lead the nation. Full implementation of Act 48, the universal healthcare bill passed in 2011, is the way forward for our state.

As former Governor Shumlin’s abandonment of Act 48 shows, we cannot rely on politicians to do the right thing without strong grassroots pressure. We must organize in our communities and support front-line healthcare workers who are organizing for a voice in the healthcare system.

For those looking for more information, our friends at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative have put together a helpful breakdown of the Republican health care plan.