This commentary is by Allen Gilbert, a former journalist, teacher, and ACLU-VT executive director. He lives in Worcester and is the author of “Equal Is Equal, Fair Is Fair,” a book on equity issues in Vermont. He is a board member of Vermont Health Care for All.

Legislators need to continue on a course of universal health care coverage for all Vermonters rather than limiting extension of benefits just to uninsured legislative members, as called for in S.39. I support expansion of benefits to legislators, but there are many other Vermonters who need, but can’t afford, coverage.

It’s important to consider what approval of the limited health care provisions in S.39 would mean.  Continue reading….