Last Saturday, over two hundred people marched down Main Street in Barre calling on elected officials to protect Medicaid and finish the work of implementing universal healthcare in Vermont.
Participants came from across the state to share stories about not being able to afford or access the healthcare they need. Barre resident Beth Clark spoke at the rally, noting that, "My whole family has problems with our health care. I’m on Green Mountain Care and it took me a long time to get a doctor. And my Gram has to pay for her meds, and my mom has to pay for her insulin out of pocket. That’s why I’m marching for Medicaid!"
Hannah Williams of South Royalton also addressed the crowd: "You and I are walking dollar signs to the people that profit off our current system, and I for one refuse to accept that politicians and billionaires have the right to tell me that my life, and the lives of the people I love, aren't worth the risk to their profits. All of these and so many more are the reasons why I am marching for universal healthcare."