Healthcare journalist Suzanne Gordon, author of The Battle for Veterans’ Healthcare: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Policy Making and Patient Care, and The Nation article America’s Biggest Publicly Funded, Fully Integrated Health-Care System Is Under Attack, discusses the efforts to undermine and privatize the VHA, our nation’s largest publicly fund
Tevye Kelman, a Vermont high school teacher, NEA member, and member of the Vermont Workers’ Center, makes the case that when politicians exploit legitimate anger over the inadequacy of our existing health care system to pit working people against each other, it undermines our collective ability to demand real reform.
Sarah Wendell-Launderville, Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Independent Living, and Ed Paquin, Executive Director of Disability Rights Vermont, Vermont's designated protection & advocacy agency for people with disabilities, and Vermont's Mental Health Care Ombudsman, explain that Republican legislation would force states to gut Medicaid coverage for 74 million American working families, children, seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans. In Vermont:
Joseph M. Schwartz, a professor of political science at Temple University, a national vice chair of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and author of Coalition Politics and the Fight for Socialism, talks about the reasons for the rapid growth of DSA to become the largest U.S. socialist organization in the U.S. since the 1940s.
Jessica Early, a nurse and Rights & Democracy healthcare organizer explains that what the House of Representatives has done – taking the rudiments of an entirely inadequate national insurance system, and shredding it – represents the greatest assault on low and moderate-income Americans of any law in modern times. The AHCA would roll back the expansion of Medicaid, and eliminate coverage that more than 70,000 Vermonters rely on.