The Reverend Al Sharpton visited the area to honor Martin Luther King, some of the world’s best skiers and snowboarders converged on Killington and health care was the hot topic for everyone from our Congressional delegation, Dr. William Hsiao and Governor Shumlin.
These are some of the voices in the news this week:
(The Reverend Al Sharpton) "As long as we have the top 1 percent of this country with vulgar wealth, and the bottom wondering how they’re going to get to their next meal. That’s not Dr King’s dream. Don’t go through your part of the dream and get up and get dressed and act like you got the whole night’s dream. This dream is longer than that."
(Killington spokesman Tom Horrocks) "You’re going to see competitors from all over the world. This is the best of the best in the free skiing and snowboarding world. These athletes are setting their sights on the 2014 Olympic winter games in Russia."
(Congressman Peter Welch) "Why not let the states achieve the goals of more affordable care, better access, in ways that those states find the best way to get from here to there? So, it’s a states’ rights argument and what we have seen is that the states often have been the ones that have been the leaders." Health Care
(Dr. William Hsiao) "You can use that savings to fund those who are uninsured and those who do not have enough insurance, bring them up to a standard."
(Governor Peter Shumlin) "I think that Vermont can be the first state in the country that passes a sensible health care plan that provides access to all Vermonters, that’s affordable and provides quality care…and he has given us the most comprehensive plan to get it done that I think any state has ever seen."