Dr. Abdul-El Sayed on ‘Medicare for All – A Citizens’ Guide’
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Begging indulgence for repeating a comment I made on a mutually exclusive thread.
The fight for universal health care or M4All as defined in the Pramila Jayapal bill or the equivalent of what is available in the rest of the industrialized world to me will require nothing short of a struggle analogous to the struggles for civil rights and universal suffrage…..processes that took decades and whose resistance was backed by powerful financial interests and abetted by media propaganda.
I just finished reading WOMAN’s HOUR (Weiss, 2020) which came out on the 100th anniversary of passing the 19th Amendment….So many corporate interests involved in this act’s resistance – those who feared voting women would limit sales of alcohol (prohibition) and regulate (child labor) as examples…and Congressional lobbying was a factor then but not on the same scale as today’s incestuous political /institutionalized corruption. ..Though steadfast in their support for this legislation, AAs didn’t achieve their own equivalent protections until four decades later. But in both the cases of civil rights and women’s suffrage, the fight took mobilization and direct action for DECADES.
Reading WOMAN’S HOUR illuminated the magnitude of the resistance to universal health care – which the insurance industries are a mere tip of the iceberg….It seems to me – though my experience in business is extremely limited – non existent – that such a policy would pose a real threat to business interests…..in that the existing health care through employment system holds workers/slaves hostage to health insurance…Most importantly, is that system’s impact on populating the military…..Take away the employer-run health care system and businesses would essentially have to provide livable wages to attract workers; the military would lose one of its major mechanisms to acquire its cannon fodder.
For me – the achievement of universal health care is as revolutionary and mandatory a concept as climate change and war peace if there is to be a habitable world for future generations.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63
January 29, 2021 at 2:47 AM #399096snotParticipant
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“Take away the employer-run health care system, and businesses would… have to provide livable wages to attract workers [and] the military would lose one of its major mechanisms to acquire its cannon fodder.”
Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.
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