Letter: Healthcare is a human right

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Editor of the Reformer:



Consider anyone you have cared about — a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor — who has had or will face a life-threatening illness. I don't believe that some of these folks should receive helpful healthcare while others with fewer resources should not. Your cousin or sibling with cancer and little money has just as much of a right to treatment as my sick loved one. Period. That's the world I want to live in, and the world I want for my fellow Vermonters. Our healthcare should not be a privilege, commodity, or object of political bargaining; in 2017 it should be a fundamental human right.

In other western democracies citizens from all ends of the political spectrum support systems that insure decent healthcare for all, and expect that if they need care it will be available. Even with the wider availability of "coverage" that the ACA offers, many Americans still have little or no functional access to good healthcare. In the wealthiest country on the planet this is not okay. People who are sick should not be subject to the added stress of worrying about whether or not they can get care.

This is why I support the Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign, which is committed to seeing the vision of Act 48 enacted. Act 48 is already the law in Vermont. While Former Governor Shumlin pulled the plug on attempts to fund Act 48, the law itself stands. Now, we need to gather momentum behind the movement that insists that our legislators fund Act 48 to implement affordable, high-quality, comprehensive, publicly financed healthcare coverage for every Vermonter.

Manny Mansbach

Athens, Nov. 9


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