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  • UnicornOnTheCob (1601 posts)
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    Time For the Real Left To Double Down on Single Payer Medicare For All

    Time For the Real Left To Double Down on Single Payer Medicare For All
    Bruce Dixon
    Black Agenda Report

    The promise to deliver affordable health care was a key campaign issue in 2007 and 2008. But while most Americans demanded a single payer system to replace the private insurance companies, and guarantee health care for everyone, the 44thpresident his corporate funded Democrats instead delivered Obamacare –- billions in tax dollars to insurance companies for policies with skimpy coverage and such high co-pays and deductibles that many families cannot afford to use their new health insurance. Worse still, Obamacare only provided these sketchy policies to about half the uninsured leaving the rest to the tender mercies of state governments which control Medicaid.

    A May 2016 Gallup Poll confirms that “…58% of U.S. adults favor the idea of replacing the law (Obamacare) with a federally funded healthcare system that provides insurance for all Americans.” The question for the left, however you read that term is what do we do about this? The answer has to be that we fight for what we know people want and need with all the means at our disposal. In the present era, the willingness to organize, to agitate, to educate, to demonstrate and to demand health care –- not health insurance, but health care for everybody as a human right is one of the markers by which we can tell actual flesh and blood leftists and their organizations from those who merely fake the funk until the next Democrat takes office. It’s worth noting that the Green Party’ candidates Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka were the only ones in this election calling for single payer health care.


    Not a bad idea to make single payer a focus for the Greens for the next two years. We’re not in power, but we can get referendums on various state ballots and start building support now.

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  • Scuba (4473 posts)
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    1. Medicare for All, including dental, optical, hearing aids and mental health.

    And yes, we can afford it.  Hell, we already pay for it.

  • leftcoastmountains (3301 posts)
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    3. Again good luck with that one! We have Paul Ryan wanting to abolish

    Medicare as we know it. I can’t sign up until April of next year. I’m hoping I make it before

    that jerk and all the other jerks in DC screw with it.

    #CalExit #Trumpdoesn'tpaytaxeswhyshouldwe