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.
Rights and Democracy leader, Vickie Lampron reports on People’s Action's Founding Convention: Rise Up: From Protest to Power. Peoples's Action organizations are campaigning for transformative change at every level – from cities to statehouses to the halls of Congress.
Rights and Democracy climate organizer, Laura Mistretta, talks about the People's Climate March and the campaign for Energy Democracy.
Judy Solomon, a Senior VP for Health Care Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, explains that the Republican plan to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act without replacing it would double the number of uninsured people to roughly 59 million. The vast majority of people becoming uninsured would be in working families. 35,000 fewer people in Vermont would have health insurance.
Stephanie Yu discusses the Public Assets Institute's new report, A Framework for Progress. Stephanie makes the case that Vermont's political leadership should focus on three fundamental initiatives to move the state forward:
• Ensure that work pays and all Vermont families can meet their basic needs.
• Make smart, evidence-based investments in programs and infrastructure.