To supporters of all candidates who advocate for Medicare For All and/or single-payer healthcare...
Check out Les Leopld's compelling article on its great importance for this county. He makes a very incisive case.
Americas Biggest Lie: We Cant Afford Medicare for All
April 23, 2019
Think about how much your income would go up if you didn't have to pay for healthcare at all. That would begin to close the gap between productivity and wages for the first time in a generation.
Pundits and politicians repeatedly warn us that the country cannot afford costly social services. They caution about the perils of a rising national debt, the supposed near bankruptcy of Medicare and Social Security, and the need to sell public services to the highest bidder in order to save them. We must tighten our belts sooner or later, they tell us, rather than spend on social goods like universal health care, free higher education and badly needed infrastructure.
To many Americans this sounds all too true because they are having an incredibly tough time making ends meet. According to the Federal Reserve, Four in 10 adults in 2017 would either borrow, sell something, or not be able pay if faced with a $400 emergency expense. To those who are so highly stressed financially, the idea of paying for a costly program like Medicare for All sounds impossible.
We are the richest country in the history of the world, however, and certainly could afford vastly expanded and improved vital public services if we had the will. What stands in the way is runaway inequality. Our nations wealth has been hijacked by the super-rich, with plenty of aid from their paid-for politicians.
Although I support Sanders in the primary, given that multiple candidates for the Democratic nomination support Medicare For All, including sharing the podium with Sanders during the announcement of the latest round of the Senate bill, this post is broad advocacy for single-payer healthcare, not a candidate.
In fact, in terms of expressing it on the campaign trail, I feel that Senator Harris verbalizes the issue best. Paraphrasing, private insurance doesn't work.
The out-of-pocket expense of mammograms, MRIs and other tests and treatments can be several thousand dollars each year when you have a high-deductible health policy.
One of the most conservative members of Congress agreed to have his name appear alongside Bernie's. That's not exactly an example of "repelling" Republicans. Read the whole OpEd here.
I agree that, if we let things get out of hand, Joe Biden could become the next Al Franken. While I support Sanders for the 2020 nomination, I share the following as a patriot and progressive without any hint of favoritism.
On this question of inappropriate touching, The Daily Show, back under its longest-serving host, Jon Stewart, reported that Biden was accused of the same touching back in 2015 and Comedy Central provided helpful context as only it could. (click to view)
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