This should be a litmus test for the public to see how many politicians are beholden to the corporations that fund their campaigns. Both Republicans and Democrats accept billions of dollars from ‘healthcare providers’ in exchange for favorable legislation. Of course every progressive here knows that this bill will not become law do to the special interest groups our elected officials serve. Nevertheless if the bill is used as a litmus text to show everyone just how pathetic their representatives are, perhaps we can clean house in the next elections.
Expect the MSM meanwhile to marginalize or ignore the mass movements created to bring this crucial legislation to the public. Instead of debating the merits of universal healthcare on air or in the op-eds of our media empires, we will get the usual coverage of “disaster porn”, mass shootings, enemies of the State and fluff.
When the topic is discussed, it will be discussed on right wing shows like Rush or Hannity in which the talk show hosts will cry that these are just tricks of the the liberal conspirators to undermine our democracy. Like minded guests will offer us personal anecdotes about how the existing system saved the lives of a loved one or else tell us how the tax burden will fall upon the working class.
When the usual corporate sycophants get elected to office, they will make false claims that their success was due to the public’s rejection of higher taxes to fund Medicare-for-all. And when the usual propaganda doesn’t work enough to prevent a majority of people wanting Medicare-for-all, then the Party’s will resort to rigged elections, stricter voter registration and increased gerrymandering.
It is a tough fight to win despite a vast majority of Americans who yearn for a universal safety net for our sick and in-firmed. We won’t have the support of corporate America, their subservient media or the wealthy who have had their way for quite some time. But if by some miracle we actually see Medicare-for-all introduced, expect the assault by corporate America to continue by starving the program of the necessary funds needed to function well. We must be vigilant and expect to be in it for the long haul