On Thursday March 24th, the House of Representatives passed Vermont’s comprehensive health care reform bill H.202 in a 89-47 vote. This bill is the first step on the path towards a health care system that is universal, affordable, transparent – and fair. Everyone participates, and most importantly, everyone would be covered.
As monumental as this victory is, there is still plenty of work ahead of us. The bill now moves on to the Senate for consideration. Insurance company lobbyists are telling them that they’re moving too fast, or being too ambitious. Nothing could be further from the truth and most Vermonters want change in a big way.
We’ve seen these scare tactics work over and over again, in Vermont and around the country, as ambitious reforms get stalled indefinitely or scaled back. Opponents of universal, sustainable health care want to keep the status quo because it suits them, and their profit margins; they don’t want Vermont to deal with the system as a whole.
We’ll keep you in the loop on how you can help keep the bill strong as it moves through the Senate.