Still pushing for single payer

January 01, 2015

Rutland Herald: Gov. Peter Shumlin has consistently dragged his feet on health care. The media called his near defeat in November a referendum on his policies, particularly his signature policy universal health care. But the referendum was over his feet dragging. He has consistently failed to present financing or other details for the universal health care system not because he did not have them yet, but because he never intended to have them.

Today the governor has shown his true colors. Peter Shumlin values Vermont’s profit over people. In Vermont this means valuing the ability to do business as usual over people who struggle every day to cover the cost of medical bills and health insurance. This cannot stand. Across the state we must challenge anywhere that profit is valued over people. We need to demonstrate to our elected officials that universal health care isn’t just politically or economically possible, but necessary. The Vermont Workers’ Center will meet inside the State House to continue our demand that our elected officials treat health care as a human right.