As we continue to resist current Republican efforts to undermine and destabilize the ACA, make massive cuts to Medicaid in the FY 2018 budget, privatize the VA, and voucherize Medicare, we also need to forward an alternative vision for our health care system.
The Medicare for All Act articulates such a vision and recognizes the fundamental principle that if Americans are to truly possess the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, then they must also possess a right to comprehensive health care.
By signing this letter, you'll be thanking Senators Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy for sponsoring this Medicare for All legislation, and especially to Sen. Sanders for leading this important effort!
Thank you Senators Sanders and Leahy for Championing Our Health Care!
Dear Senator Sanders and Senator Leahy,
It is with great enthusiasm and appreciation, that we express our support for your work as author and co-sponsor respectively of the recently released Medicare for All Act of 2017.As individual Vermonters and as organizations, we are excited to have the opportunity to join you in mobilizing hundreds of thousands of Vermonters and millions of Americans on behalf of meaningful health care reform legislation that will finally make health care a human right for all in our country.
The Medicare for All Act could not come at a better time. With the help of your leadership and tireless resistance efforts this summer we were able to defeat the Congressional Republican assault on health care. Nevertheless, we know more work is required to protect the health care Americans currently have and expand and improve access for millions more. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marked a step forward for American health care, it still left 28 million Americans uninsured, and we have seen a sharp rise in limited networks, high-deductible plans, and other barriers to care for those who are insured.
In turn, as we continue to resist current Republican efforts to undermine and destabilize the ACA, make massive cuts to Medicaid in the FY 2018 budget, privatize the VA, and voucherize Medicare, we also need to forward an alternative vision for our health care system. Your bill articulates such a vision and recognizes the fundamental principle that if Americans are to truly possess the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, then they must also possess a right to comprehensive health care.
Despite the current partisan climate, Americans across the political spectrum currently support federally funded universal health care in unprecedented numbers. Medicare for All is not only the most ethical option on the table, but also the most pragmatic and economically sustainable. Support for the House bill, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act (H.R. 676) has surged to 117 cosponsors, or nearly three-fifths of Democratic members of the House. We are so excited to now build similar support for health care for all in the Senate.
So today we celebrate your defense of our health care over the past several months (and as champions of improved health care access for decades prior) and we commend you for your leadership in our fight for health care as a human right and our movement to build a health care system that puts patients and families over profits.
We also call on our Governor Phil Scott to follow both of your examples of principled commitment to protecting and prioritizing the health and well-being of all Vermonters by also standing up for national Medicare for All. We thank Gov. Scott for his public opposition to the most egregious proposals of his party at the national level and, we ask him to now take action in support of a bill that will improve the lives of his constituents in Vermont and people across this nation. Gov. Scott has an opportunity to urge and organize his fellow governors—both Republican and Democratic alike—to marshal their considerable influence at the federal level on behalf of meaningful health care reform that will benefit us all. We hope Governor Scott will do so immediately.
We look forward to working with you both in the coming weeks and months ahead to advance the Medicare for All Act of 2017. Guaranteeing high quality health care as a human right is a moral imperative and, as always, it is a privilege to be living in a state whose people and elected leaders are committed to creating just, equitable, and healthy communities today and for future generations to come.
Rights & Democracy
National Association of Social Workers - Vermont Chapter
Justice for All
Vermont Health Care for All
Green Mountain Labor Council
Voices for Vermont's Children
Women's March Vermont
Vermont Alliance of Retired Americans
Lt. Governor David Zuckerman
Senator Becca Balint
Senator Michael Sirotkin
Senator Philip Baruth
Representative Jill Krowinski
Representative Kiah Morris
Representative Robin Chesnut-Tangerman
Representative Curt McCormack
Representative Betsy Dunn
Representative Dave Sharpe
Representative Dave Yacovone
Representative Amy Sheldon
Representative Robin Scheu