Emily Marie Ahtúnan, Mari Cordes, and others, as people with disabilities, health care providers, and people who passionately believe in human rights talk about why they're protesting, willing to go to jail, in some cases putting their lives on the line, to save health care and the moral/ethical compass of this troubled nation.
Healthcare journalist Suzanne Gordon, author of The Battle for Veterans’ Healthcare: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Policy Making and Patient Care, and The Nation article America’s Biggest Publicly Funded, Fully Integrated Health-Care System Is Under Attack, discusses the efforts to undermine and privatize the VHA, our nation’s largest publicly fund
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.
Sarah Wendell-Launderville, Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Independent Living, and Ed Paquin, Executive Director of Disability Rights Vermont, Vermont's designated protection & advocacy agency for people with disabilities, and Vermont's Mental Health Care Ombudsman, explain that Republican legislation would force states to gut Medicaid coverage for 74 million American working families, children, seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans. In Vermont:
Joseph M. Schwartz, a professor of political science at Temple University, a national vice chair of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and author of Coalition Politics and the Fight for Socialism, talks about the reasons for the rapid growth of DSA to become the largest U.S. socialist organization in the U.S. since the 1940s.