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The center of power in the Dem Party is moving rapidly left and Sanders is serving as the conductor

For some reason this got hidden in GD so I am re-posting it here because I think it's an extremely important topic about the future direction of the Democratic Party. Sanders is moving it left and that is a fact. For some reason a lot of people find it upsetting to see a more progressive party which is something I never in a million years would have expected to see here.


By David Catanese, Senior Politics Writer | Sept. 15, 2017, at 6:00 a.m.
As Bernie Sanders deliberated his 2016 run for the presidency, he understood that his odds of toppling Hillary Clinton were low.

But winning was never the lone goal for the gruff independent from Vermont.

Despite more than two decades toiling in Congress, Sanders remained a backbench player, he confided to a top adviser at the time, according to "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign." He sought a higher profile in the U.S. Senate for the liberal causes he had built his career around. A well-run White House campaign, win or lose, would do the trick.


Fast-forward more than two years and Sanders is seeing that notion bear fruit.

While his former primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, is relitigating the last war, an emboldened Sanders is already making moves to shape the next one. Clinton may technically be right, as she continues to assert in interviews, that Sanders "is not even a Democrat." But it's Democrats who are increasingly gravitating to Sanders, as 16 did this week by joining his legislation calling for a Medicare-for-all health care system.

Clinton is indicating she wants to remain active in politics by backing Democratic candidates in 2018 who can help flip Congress. But in a striking role reversal, it's the 76-year-old Sanders who now wields more power among the next line of budding aspirants in Democratic politics.

https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2017-09-15/bernie-sanders-sets-the-bar-for-democrats-ahead-of-2020

Politifact backs up Sanders numbers on Single Payer. It would save families $5,800 each year



Snip> So, oddly, our calculation produced exactly the same amount of federal health spending -- $1.38 trillion a year -- as Sanders’ own estimate for his single-payer plan.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/jul/21/how-expensive-would-single-payer-system-be/


Snip: But, he argues, people would save money since they would no longer have to pay monthly premiums or deductibles. A family of four earning $50,000 would save more than $5,800 each year.

Snip: Businesses, meanwhile, would save more than $9,400 annually since they would no longer have to pick up their share of workers' health insurance premiums.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/12/news/economy/sanders-medicare-for-all/index.html

New Poll 70% of Californians Support CA Medicare for All Bill providing universal single-payer

In response to the other thread that says 66% oppose it in CA. Also, Pew Research has the national number at 60% for singer payer: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/23/public-support-for-single-payer-health-coverage-grows-driven-by-democrats/


58% SUPPORT SB 562 EVEN AFTER HEARING OPPOSITION ARGUMENTS

A full 70 percent of Californians favor establishing a public, Medicare for all type system providing universal single-payer health coverage, with lower costs for all Californians, as proposed in the Healthy California Act, SB 562.

Moreover, even after hearing the main opposition arguments to SB 562, a strong majority, by up to 58 percent say they still support the goals of SB 562. Less than a third oppose it.

That’s the findings of a new public opinion poll by the Tulchin Research firm, from a survey of 600 likely November 2018 California voters May 25 to 29. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United sponsored the poll.


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Pollsters also read those interviewed specific arguments made by the insurance industry opponents of the bill, including the (unsubstantiated) claims that it would cost more than twice the current state budget, eliminate patient choices, and cost jobs, or shortchange other state priorities, contrasted with leading arguments for the bill.

Even after hearing the opposition arguments, support for SB 562 still was as high as 58 percent. Less than a third said they opposed the bill after hearing the opposition arguments.

More: http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/press/entry/new-poll-70-percent-of-californians-support-ca-medicare-for-all-bill/

Why cats are smarter than humans

Jesse Owens, Hitler reaction







Bill Maher F**ing fees


Just had to pay a $33 fee for simply changing my insurance coverage. After all, it did take the lady on the phone 2 minutes to make this change. Fucking assholes!

WHY IS JESUS WHITE ? - BY MUHAMMAD ALI

This is epic!

Wonderful news! China Banning Non-Electric Cars!

This is a huge step forward in slowing global warming! China bought 1/3rd of the cars built last year. If they go electric then there will be huge pressures on American car makers to go that direction too.

The world’s largest car market just announced an imminent end to gas and diesel cars
A romp through recent, remarkable news about electric vehicles in China and beyond.
Updated by David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com Sep 13, 2017, 3:02pm EDT

On Saturday, a Chinese official told the audience at an auto forum in Tianjin that the government is working on a timetable to end “production and sales of traditional energy vehicles,” i.e., gasoline and diesel cars, according to accounts from the Xinhua News Agency. Regulators have begun the “relevant research,” and the policy will be implemented “in the near future.”

Details are somewhat sketchy, but it appears the government plans to shift away from the massive research and consumer subsidies of recent years to something like a cap-and-trade program for fuel economy and emissions, with automakers facing rising quotas but tradable credits providing some compliance flexibility.

It’s not a concrete policy yet; we’ll have to see how it’s implemented. But for a moment, look beyond the policy to the optics. This is the world’s largest car market — responsible for around 30 percent of global passenger vehicle sales — announcing an imminent end to fossil fuel cars. That’s a big, big deal.

It is just one of many remarkable developments around EVs recently. The past year has seen trumpet blast after trumpet blast heralding the arrival of an EV revolution — sooner than most analysts expected.

More: https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/9/13/16293258/ev-revolution



Shields and Brooks on Hillary Clintons election candor, Trumps dealing with Democrats

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