A quarter of Democratic Caucus members in the U.S. Senate have now signed on as co-sponsors of Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) Medicare for All bill, which he plans to introduce Wednesday.
This is YUGE- and way overdue. Many employers ( unless they are rich or they are government) offer no health care or even medical or family leaves. People are still getting fired for taking care of elderly parents- who else would do it- a paid stranger who probably does not care that much? Also, people having kids often return to work after only a few weeks only to leave the baby with strangers in day care. Makes a lot of sense doesn’t it? So… go Bernie go!
Translation of Tim Kaine and the other “holdouts”, corporate health-care whores, campaign-contribution bribe-takers rationale that they “prefer “marketplace” choices” - means they will not give-up their advantages, or support for predatory and obscenely expensive providers, for the American people’s needs, or support what every other industrialized nation on earth has - a universal single-payer not for profit health provider!
Those like Kaine and his late running mate HRC, and the other Dem DINO sellout’s, like Schumer, Pelosi, Feinstein, Sean Patrick Maloney, et al, betray the people and nation for their own self-interest!
“We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values” - MLK said and this is the beginning!
That means reining-in and breaking-up the power and political influence of profits above all else - ending the status of Americans as wage and interest slaves should be front and center as well! Predatory, vulture capitalism must be broken!
Where the fuck are Franken & Sherrod Brown? They talk the progressive talk, but don’t walk the progressive walk.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, claiming “the cost of single payer is enormous,” said she too supports a public option instead of Medicare for All.
That is sort of refreshing. An honest statement by a politician.
The problem that needs to be faced and so far hasn’t been is how to reduce healthcare costs to make single-payer possible. The costs of various medical procedures in the US appear to be out of what with the cost of the same procedures in other countries. Why are hospitals and physicians charging so much? And what can be done.
This is after they found out that Bernie’s bill has for profit insurers included?
From Truthdig: “Sanders’ bill is a multi-payer system not a single payer system. His bill reportedly would allow private insurers to compete with the public system, allow the wealthy to buy their way out of the public system and allow investor-owned health facilities to continue to profit while providing more expensive and lower quality health care.”
“Mccaskill with the strongest no on sanders bill I’ve heard today. Said Medicare costs need to be addressed first.”
This is precisely why we don’t have a single payer system. “It’s too expensive” is the default position on just about everything except war. No debate, no running the numbers, just “we can’t because it will be too expensive.”
McCaskill and all the other naysayers ought to be sent to the showers just for their lack of vision. If we really want quality, affordable health care for every American we can find the money to do it.
The stupidity of establishment/corporate Dems is unbounded. They think that by co-sponsoring this bill they will be of the hook and not be challenged in their next election.
The answer is single payer. By being the single payer, you can control costs by controlling spending. The gov’t will decide what is a suitable cost for hospitals and doctors, plain and simple.
Okay, this is great news. The bigger problem is getting the Republican base to buy into single payer. Hopefully someone on their side sees the light and educates others. I don’t think Republicans tend to listen to liberals much.
C’mon, Lrx… reaping massive profits at the expense of the common good is the American dream!
Yes if this isn’t 100% improved Med-Care for that pays 100% of cost from birth to death then this is just another bad bill for a Americans citizens. The bernie bill will be another sell out to the on welfare health care industry and not what needed for us citizens.
I will be happy to say I was wrong but those corp. owned demodogs that have signed on well what can I say. Please remember warren was a repug before becoming demodog.
Di-Fi and hubby dick blum money is in the war machine and Calif. UC system and they don’t want anything to upset their earnings from death and high cost of college.
What the Senator fails to recognize is that the savings are more enormous than the costs. When someone says something costs too much, the first question that should come to mind is, “Compare to what?” This is what Feinstein/Clinton/McCaskill/Kaine, et al, refuse/fail to acknowledge.
As usual, it’s no real mystery, just follow the money of campaign bribes, er, contributions…
Sorry to say that Sen. Wyden is not from Ohio – he supposedly represents Oregon, while residing in New York and representing New York financial interests.
All those brave Dems rushing aboard the train to nowhere. None of this would be happening if the Dems had a majority and could actually pass this legislation. We’re being taken for another bogus ride, with Sanders and Warren at the controls.
Anyone who doesn’t endorse will not be reelected. That should be clear to the Dems by now, except to HRC who doesn’t really think she has to do anything to “win” a vote.
We shall see, joes2001. The Great Depression and New Deal shifted the entire political center left - even Republicans were far more New Deal liberal up through the 1970s than now. I’m guessing that, as single payer gains support - as polls show it is - and the idea becomes ‘normatized’ - that the “Republican base” will shift left and support single payer more - as, I’m guessing, it already is - forcing Republican politicians “on their side” to follow their base rather than the other way around.
We have to appreciate the way the game is played. If we shoot for the moon, (medicare for all-single payer), after dithering with the republicans we might get something lesser, but real. Like a fair minded set of repairs and upgrades to the ACA. G
There’s no reason not to allow private insurers to sell policies. But don’t worry - they will wither and die as their plans will be a lot more expensive. Little do they know that most really rich folks are cheap…