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OP-ED: "Beyond the market: Why we must treat health care as a public good"

Beyond the market: Why we must treat health care as a public good

By James Haslam
Published Rutland Herald/Times Argus: April 17, 2011

Vermont is in the midst of a human rights crisis that has been brought on by allowing the market to control one of the most important parts of our lives: our health.

BURLINGTON FREE PRESS/TIMES ARGUS/RUTLAND HERALD: "It's Time For A People's Movement" by James Haslam VWC Director/Lead Organizer

[Times Argus & Rutland Herald Published: December 26, 2010] http://www.timesargus.com/article/20101226/FEATURES15/712269947/1014/FEA...

[shorter version in Burlington Free Press published January 2, 2011] http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20110102/OPINION02/101020329/...

By James Haslam

NHPR: "An Interesting Turn For Healthcare In Vermont"

New Hampshire Public Radio's "The Exchange" host Laura Knoy presents a segment about the recently-passed "Healthy Vermont Bill" (S.88). It features guest speakers Bob Kinzel of the Vermont Public Radio, Geoffrey Norman of the conservative blog "Vermont Tiger" and our own James Haslam, VWC director and lead organizer for the "Healthcare Is A Human Right" campaign.

Click here to listen to the recorded audio stream of this broadcast (courtesy of NHPR and Blip.TV)

Vermont Public Radio coverage of January 6th event "Workers Lobby For Single Payer Health Care"

http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/86826/ [listen online]

(Host) Several hundred people went to the Statehouse today to lobby for a single payer health care system.

Legislative leaders promised they would explore the single payer approach, but they didn't commit to having a vote on the issue this year.

VPR's Bob Kinzel reports.

(Kinzel) The rally was organized by the Vermont Workers Center and it was the culmination of a series of public hearings that the Center held throughout the state over the past few months.

200+ Pack Statehouse event delivering thousands of postcards calling for VT to lead the way on healthcare

4000+ Postcards Delivered to Statehouse to Kickoff Push For Vermont To Make Healthcare A Public Good


"We urge you to stand up and take the lead!"

MONTPELIER - More than two hundred Vermonters from the Vermont Worker's Center "Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign (HCHR)" filled the Cedar Creek room at the Statehouse today, coming from all over the state, to deliver thousands of postcards to the leadership of the State Legislature and to take action on the two single-payer healthcare bills, S.88 and H.100, and mend the broken healthcare system this year.

"We came here today because we seek to change what is politically possible in the healthcare reform process," said Susan Lucas, RN president of the nurses union at Copley Hospital. "We believe that healthcare is not a commodity but a public good shared by all. The time is now to make healthcare a basic fundamental right for every single person"