Health Care is a Human Right Campaign

Health care advocates push for ‘equity’ in single-payer financing

James Haslam, executive director of the Vermont Workers Center, pushed for universal health care at a news conference Monday in Burlington. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Shumlin has not yet released details of his health care financing plan, but the administration affirmed that it will likely include an employer payroll and income tax. The idea of a flat employer payroll tax has raised concerns among those who want health care services to be administered as a public good.

Vermonters urge lawmakers to pass single-payer health care

Bill Day of Barre, right, testifies on H.202, the health care reform bill, during Vermont Interactive Telvision public hearing on Monday night. Photo by Josh Larkin.

Heather Lochlin: “The idea that any of us has insurance is a mirage.”

Keelan: Shumlin should postpone Vermont's health care reform

Gov. Peter Shumlin would do well to take a page out of President Barack Obama’s first two years in office. The page would be on health care. More specifically, the governor should not let this serious and complex issue dominate his administration’s first year in office.

Keelan: Shumlin should postpone Vermont’s health care reform

Gov. Peter Shumlin would do well to take a page out of President Barack Obama’s first two years in office. The page would be on health care. More specifically, the governor should not let this serious and complex issue dominate his administration’s first year in office.

On video: Activists rally for single-payer health care

Mari Cordes, of the Vermont Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals Union at Fletcher Allen Medical Center, speaks at a rally at the Statehouse on Jan. 5, 2011

In speeches in front of the cheering crowd, House Speaker Shap Smith, Sen. Bill Carris and the chairs of the legislative health care committees pledged to support the passage of a universal health care plan this session.

Health Care is a Human Right campaign to hold rally Jan. 5

The petition, to be delivered on the first day of the new session of the legislature, demands that Vermont adopt a healthcare system which meets human rights principles and leads the nation in the adoption of universal healthcare.

Should Vermont pursue single-payer based on federal reform?

Sanders advisor: If Vermont passes legislation to set up a single payer system, it will provide added leverage for us to get this change adopted.

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