Moving Beyond Obamacare - Op-Ed from Vermont

Moving Beyond Obamacare - Op-Ed from Vermont

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Publication Date: 
July 1, 2015
Author: 
Kate Kanelstein, Vermont Workers' Center
Organization Title: 
Times Argus, Rutland Herald, Burlington Free Press

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld subsidies for buying private health insurance in states with federally run marketplaces or exchanges.

The court’s decision has been an enormous relief for the millions of people who stood to lose access to coverage had the subsidies been revoked, and is seen as a vindication of Obamacare.

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Inequality at Breaking Point: United Workers Calls for Fair Development and Reconciliation in Baltimore

Inequality at Breaking Point: United Workers Calls for Fair Development and Reconciliation in Baltimore

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Publication Date: 
April 28, 2015
Organization Title: 
United Workers

Baltimore, MD – Grassroots leaders of Baltimore’s Human Rights organization and NESRI partner, the United Workers, are calling for dialogue and reconciliation with neighbors and city policy makers to address the systemic racism and poverty that has plagued the City for 40 years and get below the surface of this evolving and troubling crisis.

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Time Is Now To Fight Back - Op-Ed by James Haslam

Time Is Now To Fight Back - Op-Ed by James Haslam

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Publication Date: 
April 16, 2015
Author: 
James Haslam, Vermont Workers' Center
Organization Title: 
Rutland Herald

Vermont seems like a different place these days. We have a growing crisis of inequity in our state, yet politicians turn the other way. The commitment to solving problems together and ensuring dignified lives for all people has been replaced by divisive measures that will leave many of us behind.

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Why Universal Health Care Is Essential for a More Equitable Society

Why Universal Health Care Is Essential for a More Equitable Society

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Publication Date: 
March 31, 2015
Author: 
Anja Rudiger, NESRI
Organization Title: 
Huffington Post

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Vermont Workers’ Center Says Single Payer Possible by 2017

Vermont Workers’ Center Says Single Payer Possible by 2017

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Publication Date: 
March 2, 2015
Author: 
Erin Mansfield
Organization Title: 
VT Digger

The Vermont Workers’ Center and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative say single payer health care could still be on the table.

Building off the financing plan that Gov. Peter Shumlin used in deciding not to proceed with single payer, the study, published in February, says the state can use progressive tax structures to provide a universal program by 2017. (Full plan attached below).

The plan would give medical, dental and vision coverage for all Vermont residents, but would exclude those who work in Vermont but commute from other states.

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Over 100 Economists Call on Vermont to Move Forward with Universal Health Care; New Financing Plan Shows a Way

Over 100 Economists Call on Vermont to Move Forward with Universal Health Care; New Financing Plan Shows a Way

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Publication Date: 
February 26, 2015
Author: 
Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign
Organization Title: 
NESRI and the Vermont Workers' Center

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Update from Vermont: The Struggle for Public Health Care Financing Continues

Update from Vermont: The Struggle for Public Health Care Financing Continues

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Publication Date: 
February 3, 2015

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Who Lives and Who Dies: Paul Farmer on the Inequities of Health Care Funding

Who Lives and Who Dies: Paul Farmer on the Inequities of Health Care Funding

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Publication Date: 
February 5, 2015
Author: 
Paul Farmer
Organization Title: 
London Review of Books

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Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign Proposes Equitable Taxes in Legislative Testimony

Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign Proposes Equitable Taxes in Legislative Testimony

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Publication Date: 
January 29, 2015
Author: 
Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign
Organization Title: 
Vermont Workers' Center

Testimony by Traven Leyshon, Joint Health Committee Hearing, Vermont General Assembly

Thank you for holding this hearing on healthcare reform. As you know, the HCHR campaign has asked for a public hearing on the GMC financing plan required by Act 48, and we welcome today’s joint committee meeting as an important step toward such a public hearing.

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Vermont Human Rights Council Calls for a Budget that Advances Equity and Dignity

Vermont Human Rights Council Calls for a Budget that Advances Equity and Dignity

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Publication Date: 
January 15, 2015
Organization Title: 
Vermont Human Rights Council

Today, organizations affiliated with the Vermont Human Rights Council [1], a coalition of disability rights, climate justice, and workers’ rights organizations, released the following statement in response to Governor Shumlin’s budget address:

“The purpose of our state budget is to address the fundamental needs of all residents, and to advance dignity and equity. These are common sense goals that reflect the shared values of the people of Vermont. They are also stated in Vermont law (32 V.S.A. § 306a).

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