As you might have already heard, Vermonters won a huge step towards universal healthcare today in the House in a final vote on H.202 92-49 (see release below). Big thank you's and recognition to everyone who worked so hard helping us get this far. It has been amazing seeing how far we have come, seeing how strong all of you leaders around the state have become and also how many new incredible people are getting involved everyday. It's great to be working with you, to be building this movement together, to be seeing all the hard work pay off.
Follow the People's Team in Montpelier as they work to ensure that our legislators enact legislation that recognizes that Healthcare is a Human Right!
The House Healthcare Committee is in the final stages of marking up H.202 and we understand they could be voting the bill out of committee tomorrow.
It is important that everyone make their voices heard, go to www.workerscenter.org/takeaction to send an email and call Sgt-at-arms to let your representatives know you believe healthcare is a human right!
March 1st Town Meeting Day - Highlights
20+ people showed up in a blizzard to deliver testimony from the campaign to the House Healthcare Committee. Danny Bodreau (chief steward for the nurses union at Rutland hospital), Mari Cordes, Peg Franzen and David Kreindler presented the testimony to the Committee. Pink slips from the Sgt-at-arms calls were flowing steady the entire time. Great job everybody!
See testimony: http://www.workerscenter.org/node/752
Suggested ammendments: http://www.workerscenter.org/h.202_amendments
Table with Assessment of H.202:
Here is the bill which will be introduced in the House Healthcare Committee this morning.
The Policy Committee for the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign is already hard at work applying our Human Rights Standards (see: www.workerscenter.org/assessment). Let us know us know what you think.
Here is the outline text:
2011 Governor’s Health Care Reform Legislation
SUMMARY PREPARED BY
ANYA RADER WALLACK & ROBIN LUNGE
February 8, 2011
GOALS FOR 2011:
1. Control health care costs;
What the “Hsiao” Designs Mean For Vermont
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
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.
Today is the big day- the US review ...