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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 01:49 PM

Can Democrats end their civil war over single-payer?

Can Democrats end their civil war over single-payer?
September 12, 2017 Alex Kotch
International Business Times 13 SEP 2017 AT 08:05 ET



When U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ introduces his Medicare-for-All legislation on Wednesday, advocates of a single-payer, government-sponsored health care hope it will be the end of a bitterly fought policy battle that has roiled the Democratic Party for generations.

Since Democratic President Harry Truman first proposed a government-sponsored universal health care system in 1945 — and since a Democratic president and Democratic congress first enacted Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s — progressives have hoped that the United States would follow other industrialized countries by guaranteeing health care to all citizens.

Indeed, many of the original proponents of Medicare hoped the system would ultimately be expanded to cover the entire country — as former Social Security commissioner Robert Ball wrote, “We expected Medicare to be a first step toward universal national health insurance.”

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/can-democrats-end-their-civil-war-over-single-payer/

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workinclasszero Sep 13 OP
PoliticAverse Sep 13 #1
workinclasszero Sep 13 #3
Scoopster Sep 13 #5
Voltaire2 Sep 13 #7
HarmonyRockets Sep 13 #11
joeybee12 Sep 13 #4
HughBeaumont Sep 13 #2
delisen Sep 13 #6
Voltaire2 Sep 13 #8
Expecting Rain Sep 13 #9
samnsara Sep 13 #10

Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 01:54 PM

1. "civil war" - hyperbole much? n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 01:58 PM

3. I dunno

It's seems to be a somewhat divisive issue here on DU for some reason.

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Response to workinclasszero (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 02:02 PM

5. No it's not.

What's divisive is that it's being used by non-Democrats to attack Democrats.

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Response to Scoopster (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 02:13 PM

7. Lol.

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Response to Scoopster (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 02:34 PM

11. Wut

 

What are you talking about?

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 02:02 PM

4. Amen

Stupid use of the phrase

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 01:56 PM

2. Maybe conservatives can stop politicizing and commoditizing a human right.

Ever since Reagan characterized anyone who supports what 31 countries have without issue as a Communist, both parties have been eating his bullshit ever since.

To me, if one can't support a human right without having to ask "where's the money going to come from", GTFO of this party. If one cannot support even a multi-payer system, LEAVE. Join the Republican party. I EXPECT Conservatives to be assholes on human rights. NOT us.

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 02:11 PM

6. No Civil War. See Dem Conyers bill with over 100

Dems endorsing single payer.

However the Democrats in the House will do what they need to do to protect the ACA and the people who depend on it now.

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Response to delisen (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 02:15 PM

8. There is a growing movement within the

moderate wing of the party to make this a core campaign issue for 2018.

When you have senators like Shaheen of NH getting on the bandwagon- times have changed.

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 02:28 PM

9. Sure, the divide could be easily closed *if* a fully vetted plan or plans...

that included a full analysis of the costs and included the details of implementation met the standards of reasonableness.

Many (most) want universal healthcare in their hearts, now is the time to appeal to their brains.

Slogans or saying "other countries do it" isn't going to carry the day. But a plan that makes sense could.

Time to get busy!

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Response to workinclasszero (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 02:34 PM

10. i have always thought the dem party as a party of leaders..

..we all want to lead and not follow. That's cuz we are socially superior to the 'other side' who is a party of sheep. Having all leaders isn't OK either....but at least we get some pretty damned good ideas from one another...we just have to agree to the BEST one.

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