HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT!
Join us to share your experience of the healthcare crisis and call for a system that treats healthcare as a human right at this hearing hosted by the Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
The purpose of our healthcare system must be to guarantee everyone access to the healthcare we need, and to provide dignified livelihoods for the people providing care.
Yet today in Vermont, we are suffering from a healthcare crisis. The prices charged by insurance, hospital, and drug companies prevent us from getting the care we need and are driving families into bankruptcy. People with disabilities and those with chronic health conditions are even further at risk. Meanwhile, nurses and healthcare workers are forced to work at unsafe staffing levels, scrambling to provide care while chipping away at mountains of student debt.
We can take immediate steps to address this crisis: Finish the work of implementing Act 48: universal publicly financed healthcare for Vermont; protect and fully fund services for people with disabilities; and ensure safe staffing levels and debt-free education for nurses and healthcare workers in our medical system.
We cannot, however, treat our health in isolation from the rest of our human rights. Vermont must address the social and economic factors that determine our health by doing what is necessary to end poverty in our communities.