Bennington RAD to host Healthcare event at Oldcastle Theater

BENNINGTON — A screening of the documentary "Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody" and a discussion on increasing access to health care will take place at Oldcastle Theatre at 7 p.m. on March 14. The event is organized by Rights and Democracy Bennington, an affiliate of Our Revolution, and admission is free.

Light refreshments will be served at 6:30, when Oldcastle's doors open.

The event will address ever growing challenges to access healthcare and staying healthy, both on the Vermont and federal levels. Bob Block, a past president of the Vermont Medical Society and current member of the Green Mountain Care Board Advisory Committee, said, "What we need is healthcare for all — not just for those who can afford high premiums, deductibles and co-pays. I hope everyone will join us for the eye-opening film."

The documentary delves into what single-payer healthcare is, how it can save money, and what actions are needed to secure a publicly funded, single payer, "Medicare for all" type of healthcare. It features many folks from Vermont, since Vermont was the first state in the US to pass a "Path to Universal Healthcare" law. It also dispels the myth that "we tried it and it failed."

Charlie Murphy, of Vermont Center for Independent Living, said: "Now really IS the time! We must protect each other's healthcare, and especially care for those who already face other challenges. We must make sure health needs are met."

"The excessive cost of our health care limits access to care, and America's health is worse than other industrialized nations," said Dick Dundas, director of the Bennington Free Clinic.

Bob Howe, a North Bennington based community and arts activist, adds: "Presently our health care system is designed mainly for making profits for insurance companies. Until we change that we will continue see cost rise. Other countries pay half the price, cover all citizens and have better outcomes."

Rights and Democracy has a Healthcare Justice Voter Campaign in Vermont. For further information or questions contact Mary Gerisch at 802-379-6311, or


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