Divisive Politics Distract from Urgency of Universal Health Care

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. We can’t fix the fact that so many Vermonters can't afford the health care we need by weakening teachers unions, or making it more difficult for any workers to organize and bargain for a better deal. Tevye says we may be at a turning point where working people in Vermont see how damaging these divide-and-rule tactics are to our democracy, and will reject them, recognizing that we’re all on the same side in the fight for universal health care.