EQUAL TIME is where Vermonters talk about issues ignored by the corporate media—mothers opposing toxic pollution, workers fighting for decent jobs, nurses working for health care reform, students speaking out about their education, farmers struggling against corporate agribusiness, and more.

The Proposed Private Health Insurance Hikes

Ellen Schwartz, of the Healthcare is Human Right campaign, explains that once again, MVP Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield are attempting to raise health insurance rates for people with Vermont Health Connect plans. BCBS is proposing an average annual increase of 8.2%, with per-plan increases ranging up to 10.9%, while MVP Healthcare is proposing an average annual increase of 8.8%, with per-plan increases ranging up to 13.5%.

Brexit, Free Trade, & Systemic Fragility in the Global Economy

Professor Jack Rasmus discusses the global contagion effects of Brexit, now beginning to emerge in the UK, EU, and beyond. UK and Euro currencies are falling, and financial asset prices are under growing pressure everywhere in Europe. Will (and how) might it spill over to the US economy? How political instability in Europe from ‘Brexit’ and spreading ‘Euroscepticism’ are being accelerated.

Why the U.S. Working Class Lacks Political Representation

After living through a 40-year neo-liberal dystopia with increasing income inequality and decreasing class mobility, the two party system is under mounting stress. Barry Eidlin, Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill University, discusses the weakness of class-based political appeals in the U.S. and why there has been no labor or viable mass progressive third party to date in the United States.

The People's Summit: What Happens Next in the Political Revolution?

Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, Deputy Communications Director of People's Action, talks about the upcoming People's Summit in Chicago where Bernie Sanders supporters will gather to discuss how to continue and deepen the political revolution that's been sparked during the 2016 campaign season.

Vermont's Underpaid Judicial Workers

Bill Capasso discusses the Critical Situation Facing the Vermont Judiciary. An extremely high number of Docket Clerks have resigned or otherwise left their jobs since the beginning of this fiscal year. Employees who loved their jobs left the Judiciary because they could not afford to give up better paying options.

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