Cheers for Bernie Sanders —
Commentators in recent days have expressed astonishment at the speed with which public and Democratic Party opinion has shifted on single payer. Vox’s Dylan Matthews called Democrats’ growing support for Medicare for All “stunning,” and the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake likened single payer’s rapid surge in popularity to a dam finally breaking.
Writing for Common Dreams on Wednesday, RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United (NNU), argued that this “seismic shift” in opinion is a “direct product of how Sanders made Medicare for All, and healthcare as a human right, such a signature issue of his [2016 presidential] campaign.”
It is also a result of “the enduring work of nurses and other healthcare activists over many years,” which has “laid the seeds for this day,” DeMoro wrote.
No matter our continuing nervousness about Bernie Sanders’ relationship with the Dem Party,
I don’t think any of us could deny that had he tried to reach the nation as he did under the
Democratic banner in an independent campaign, it wouldn’t have worked as it finally did.
I think most of us also recognize that had he received the DP nomination, he would be our
This is a new beginning on national health care – there have been many “beginnings” before
this one as it’s been a program proposed since the New Deal and meant to complement other
new deal programs - Social Security, Unemployment Insurance…
and I’m sure there will be a response from the right aimed to kill it.
Have no doubt of the power of right wing propaganda.