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Anja Rudiger
Anja Rudiger is Director of Programs at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. Anja works with grassroots groups and coalitions to develop human rights strategies and tools to advance social and economic justice, particularly in the areas of health care reform and budget/revenue policies. She is an expert on human rights and equality, with extensive experience integrating a rights-based approach to policy-making at local, national and international levels. Previously, Anja carried out consultancies for governmental and non-governmental organizations, led the research department at the British Refugee Council in London, and managed the UK Secretariat of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kiel in Germany.

Entries by Anja Rudiger

Why Universal Health Care Is Essential for a More Equitable Society

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 6:06 PM

The prospects for universal health care in the United States appear unusually bleak these days. Just as the first U.S. state -- Vermont -- was getting ready to implement a universal, publicly financed health care system, its governor pulled the plug on his support. Years of studies, preparations...

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Beyond Obamacare: In Many States, the Health Care Is a Human Right Movement Is Growing

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 12:19 PM

The intense media hype around the troubled Obamacare roll-out threatens to obscure the real issue at hand: how to go beyond the piecemeal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and build a truly universal health care system that provides equal, high-quality care to everyone. While many on both the left and right...

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Supreme Court Ruling on Health Reform Points to Public, Tax-Funded Health Care Solution

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 2:10 PM

In upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Supreme Court affirmed the government's authority to ensure health care for all. The Court also pointed to a right way of doing this (through the government's tax power) and a wrong way (through compelling people to buy a commercial product...

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A New Solution for Universal Health Care: Beyond the Supreme Court Ruling on Health Reform

(3) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 12:43 PM

With James Haslam, Director of the Vermont Workers' Center

We now have an opportunity to bring health back into health reform, no matter how the Supreme Court rules on the Affordable Care Act. Ever since health reformers opted to put lobbyists before people, partisan brawls over "Obamacare" and...

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Toward a People's Budget: Vermont Adopts New Vision for State Spending and Revenue Policies

(13) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 6:42 PM

Almost exactly one year after enacting the United States' first universal health care law, the state of Vermont is once again showing the country that another world really is possible. In the wake of an impressively large and diverse May Day rally for human rights, the...

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First Universal Health Care Bill in U.S. Marks Success of Vermont's Human Rights Movement

(72) Comments | Posted May 7, 2011 | 1:29 PM

On May 5 the Vermont House followed the Senate in passing the final version of a health reform bill that creates a path for a universal, publicly financed health care system in Vermont. Governor Peter Shumlin has confirmed he will sign the bill into law.

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Vermont Senate Passes Bill for Universal, Publicly Financed Health Care

(5) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 3:44 PM

A small state is fighting for the human right to health care -- and winning.

On April 26, Vermont's Senate passed, by a majority of 21 to 9, a universal health care bill that would ultimately provide publicly financed health care to all residents. Since the House...

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Hypocrisy on Human Rights: Obama Administration Offers Words but No Action on Economic and Social Rights

(7) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 1:28 PM

At a time when the people of the United States are facing the most concerted assault on their basic human rights in many years, the U.S. government has gone to Geneva, Switzerland, to make empty human rights promises to the international community. This reveals an appalling disconnect between...

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Why the United States Fails to Recognize Economic and Social Rights

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 11:03 AM

A critique on the eve of the first ever UN review of the U.S. human rights record

In advance of the United Nations hearing on the U.S. human rights record, taking place in Geneva on Friday, November 5th, advocacy groups called the U.S. government to account for regularly...

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With all eyes on the 'market,' health reform overlooked human rights

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 6:38 PM

How women, people of color, and immigrants will fare under the new health law

Six months ago the United States almost got universal health insurance. Advocates celebrating the passage of the federal health reform law argued that this was as good as it gets. While it was understood that the...

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Vermont's New Universal Health Care Law: a Model for Health Reform Based on Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2010 | 11:27 AM

A pioneering grassroots campaign for the human right to health care has made Vermont the first state mandated by law to establish a universal, equitable health care system based on human rights principles. Since the federal reform effort failed to guarantee equal access to health care...

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Why the Health Reform Law Fails to Meet Human Rights Standards

(14) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 3:20 PM

Amidst the celebrations of a 'historical moment,' a healthy dose of realism seems in order as we assess the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the related reconciliation measures. What is seen as a crucial victory for the Obama Administration has been won on the backs of many...

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