PhilScott-StandUpForHealthcare - Rights and Democracy VT

Phil Scott - Stand Up For Healthcare

Dear Governor Phil Scott,

Since well before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Vermont has been a national leader in its commitment to universal health care and ensuring its residents have access to high quality health care.

Unfortunately, this long tradition of Vermont prioritizing the health of its people and communities is currently under threat. A proposal by GOP Congressional leaders and the Trump administration that recently passed the House to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and roll back the expansion of Medicaid, would eliminate coverage that more than 70,000 Vermonters* rely on. This could have a direct impact on Vermonters’ physical well-being and quality of life. Moreover, these proposals will cut at least $200 million from our already overstretched state budget, cost our state jobs, undermine our health care providers, and compromise Vermont’s efforts to address the opiate epidemic.

A new Health Care for America Now (HCAN) report, A Cost Too High: The Financial Harm of the Republican Plan to Eliminate Health Care, lays out this grim picture in further detail. We ask you to seriously consider the risks that Affordable Care Act repeal poses to Vermonters’ health and economic security, which are detailed in this report.

As a Republican governor, your opinion is of unique importance to the Trump administration and Congressional leaders. Other Republican governors have voiced their opposition to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and as our Governor, you have a unique opportunity to stand with Vermonters in resisting these harmful policies.

Following the lead of other Republican governors, we call on you to protect Vermonters’ health care by:

(1)    Telling President Trump, Speaker Ryan, and Senator McConnell that you oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, including the repeal of the Medicaid expansion,

(2)    Publicly opposing any effort to turn Medicaid into a block grant or to cap federal funding for Medicaid,

(3)    Supporting the efforts of Vermonters to improve our state’s health care system and ensure high quality health care is accessible to us all, today and in the future.

When it comes to health care security, Vermonters have always led the way. We urge you to continue this leadership and stand up for Vermont values. We ask that you use your unique position to resist the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and Congressional Republicans’ proposed changes to Medicaid and Medicare, which will do irreversible harm to thousands of Vermonters you have the distinct privilege to represent.

*This figure comes from the Vermont Agency of Human Services, Department of Health AccessBudget Document, State Fiscal Year 2018 figures onthe "new adult group" covered under the expansion (page 71) and the "premium assistance group," (page 86) who receive financing assistance from Vermont. This is not the full amount of Vermonters who get coverage through Vermont Health Connect.

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  • Carolyn Smiles
    signed 2017-07-03 08:53:22 -0400
  • Lesley Jacobson
    signed 2017-06-30 20:21:51 -0400
  • Richard Dundas
    signed 2017-06-29 17:23:21 -0400
  • Diane T Gottlieb
    signed 2017-06-29 13:36:09 -0400
  • Hannah Narowski
    signed via 2017-06-28 20:22:16 -0400
  • Kristen Connors
    signed 2017-06-28 16:27:34 -0400
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    signed via 2017-06-28 14:24:02 -0400
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    signed 2017-06-28 10:23:35 -0400
  • Stephanie Bower
    signed 2017-06-28 10:23:17 -0400
  • Stacey Emerson
    signed 2017-06-28 09:47:40 -0400
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    signed 2017-06-28 09:09:26 -0400
  • Seth Walker
    signed 2017-06-28 08:46:37 -0400
  • Amanda Calder
    signed 2017-06-27 23:31:24 -0400
  • Maggie Cawley
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  • Marguerite Cawley
    signed 2017-06-27 23:22:07 -0400
  • Al Walskey
    signed 2017-06-27 21:56:29 -0400
    Approximately 60 Vermonters die every year due to the lack of affordable healthcare which is more than all the Vt. soldiers who died during more than ten years of war. In the opinion of this veteran, knowingly allowing the preventable deaths of Americans to continue year after year, is a benign form of genocide. Why is this considered to be OK when the deaths of 200 veterans in Phoenix, Az resulted in th firing of the head of VA and the resignation of VA employees? Isn’t this a worthwhile pro-life issue?
  • David Feurzeig
    signed 2017-06-27 21:42:30 -0400
  • Diane Spambanato
    signed 2017-06-27 21:09:24 -0400
  • Bonnie Eade
    signed 2017-06-27 17:32:58 -0400
  • Essie Howe
    signed 2017-06-27 16:59:00 -0400
  • Heather Pembrook
    signed 2017-06-27 16:44:39 -0400
  • Betsy Emerson
    signed 2017-06-27 16:31:00 -0400
  • Scott Smith
    signed 2017-06-27 16:25:21 -0400
    Scott Smith
  • Schuyler Klein
    signed 2017-06-27 16:13:05 -0400
  • Carol Alfred
    signed 2017-06-27 15:52:39 -0400
  • Michael Fannon
    signed 2017-06-27 15:39:01 -0400
  • Monika Ivancic
    signed 2017-06-27 14:00:56 -0400
  • Marni Rosner
    signed 2017-06-27 13:57:42 -0400
    Vermonters lives, Vermont’s hospitals, Vermont’s healthcare workers all need the Affordable Care Act. The only sensible next step is universal coverage, not the current Senate death care bill that would pick our pockets for the 1% and leave the rest of us gasping for survival.
  • Andy Van Ness
    signed 2017-06-27 12:52:21 -0400
    I’m a 54 year old fine art woodworker, with multiple “age and work related” spinal and joint injuries/debilitations. These injuries are primarily due the years I endured working as a carpenter for uninsured contractors alongside incompetent alcoholics and drug addicts who created dangerous jobsite conditions. Those years occurred following the collapse of my first small crafts business due in large part to the financial geniuses that made international headlines between 2006 and 2008. Yes, they who are now proud members of our U.S. Government administration. Currently my new work endeavors have suffered from my inability to function effectively with chronic, ill-addressed pain. I’m weaker, I hurt, and I’m seriously pessimistic about the future, let alone the present. My wife and children are in turn understandably uncertain of my ability to provide for myself, and in turn, them.

    My hope with this message is, that whomever reads it, notices that I refer to myself primarily as a worker, who, without any savings ability whatsoever, will work until I’m dead, and likely by my own hand when I can no longer function productively. My current “retirement plan”.


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