Letter, Opinion

Healthcare for all is needed now

Dear Editor,

I am a father, husband, and small business owner, and my work is as a healthcare provider. Since going into business for myself in 2001, I have lived either without health insurance, or with uncertainty about insurance availability and affordability. My kids grew up enjoying team sports, skiing/riding, and biking, as so many great Vermont kids do, often without any insurance coverage if they got hurt. I believe that healthcare is a basic and universal human need.

We will all be patients at some point in our lives. Universal healthcare should, therefore, be a human right. Vermont would be a better place to live, work, go to school, and raise a family if we implemented Act 48, giving all Vermonters that right to quality healthcare.

This is why I am a member of the Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign at the Vermont Workers Center, and will be working and organizing to make this happen. So many other nations provide this for their people, and at less cost than we in Vermont and the United States pay. If they can do this, so can we.

Scott Earisman, Essex

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