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'Medicare for All and Equal Rights Aren't Trends': Ocasio-Cortez Fires Back After Aaron Sorkin Lectures Young Progressives

'Medicare for All and Equal Rights Aren't Trends': Ocasio-Cortez Fires Back After Aaron Sorkin Lectures Young Progressives

Jake Johnson, staff writer

After "West Wing" producer and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin lectured the bold freshman class of congressional Democrats to "stop acting like young people" in a CNN interview on Sunday—remarks that were quickly interpreted as a

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Way back when CNN started and people actually got excited about the first “all news” cable channel I thought they would have a tough time filling 24 hours a day with news, and would soon turn to fluff and bullshit.

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For an accomplished screenwriter and producer Aaron Sorkin is surprisingly inarticulate. Please Mr. Sorkin, stick to behind the camera work. Telling the young to stop acting young is bogus at best as we need their vision and energy now more than ever. To the freshman class I would say please help those of us who seek to buoy this nation in the troubled waters in which it finds itself.

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With all these schmucks coming out of the woodwork to poo-poo AOC and other progressives with faux-erudite snobbery, it makes me wonder if they’re all pals with Hillary, who would be on CNN or MSNBC dishing this nonsense out herself if it weren’t so obvious her own reputation would be all that was needed to discredit her.

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Aaron Sorkin:

Who do you think has most exemplified ‘not forgetting about the economic anxiety of the middle class’? AOC or Joe Biden?

Hey your show was OK, but if you want to be a political pundit now, and you don’t have something else to show for yourself, don’t expect me to take anything you say has having any real political value.

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If Sorkin is under the impression that AOC, Rashida, and Ayanna need his advice, he’s full of shizzle.

Last time I checked, they had the attention of plenty of people.

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Let’s talk about Medicare for All vs Single Payer healthcare. They are NOT the same. We need to be clear as what kind of Medicare they mean, as today’s plans are not the same as what my parents had, and come with different premiums or none at all, depending on your zip code. I would vote for Single Payer over Medicare, as the “affordable Medicare plans” have huge deductibles and many doctors opt out of these plans. A By-Law to add would be that No doctor, specialist or hospital can opt out of of either Single Payer or Medicare for All. Finding a doctor in your area should not be as difficult as it is now. Every time you hear a Candidate use the phrase “Medicare for All”…ask a lot of questions!

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I am really disappointed with Aaron Sorkin trying to “put the kabosh” (as they say in New York) on Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow young progressives who are determined to say and do what needs to be said and done. What is it with people whom I thought were progressive—looking at you, too, Gloria Steinem—who, once they head into their seventies, turn on those who are fighting for the principles they once passionately espoused? Complacency? Embarrassment that they didn’t accomplish the changes they protested for? Sour grapes? This 62-year-old woman applauds these young firebrands fighting for all of us!

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The old standard of legislation taking between four and forty years to accomplish is no longer acceptable. Therefore the politicians either need to change with the needs of the people, or just let the door smack on the ass as you di di mao.

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Yeah, really probably better if “bold freshman class of congressional Democrats” start acting like rich old white guys.

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The important takeaway here has been alluded to by other people that have posted. It NOT so much as what Sorkin says as it is why CNN think what he has to say is important. That he wrote West Wing does not make him relevant. It like asking Martin Sheen his opinion because he “played a president” in that series and somehow pretending this makes what he would say carry weight.

Fox with Lieberman and now CNN with Sorkin are actively working to discredit the progressive message. This both good and bad. It good because it shows they fear it. It bad because the people watching might start believing this nonsense.

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Sorkin is an entertainer nothing more, nothing less. If you want advice on how to produce/direct/create fantasy then talk and listen to him. For political advice I’d go elsewhere. He doesn’t actually know much of anything about the ‘real world’ only the ‘reel world.’

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Another out-of-touch elitist who supports corporate democrats because he’s too embarrassed to be on the same team as subhumans like McConnell and Trump. In other words, a republican in denial You’d think someone that does mushrooms would be more enlightened.

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Yes, Aaron Sorkin’s political experience is limited to “West Wing” TV drama. The real political brains behind that great show was Lawrence O’Brien, former top Congressional aide in the past and now a regular feature of MSNBC’s daily programs.

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This guy is a F’ing moron for what he said and how he said it.

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Dear Araon Sorkin: Say what??? You want young people too stop acting like young people??? LOL—and I am so sorry to inform you that-----that–oh this is so difficult, but-----
----------- you -----you have now fallen to the level of Grumpy old FOSSIL… you know, like Joe Biden, or for equal time, The Hillary, because after all one of the biggest fossil is a fossil named SUE, with her own place in the museum.
Writers should never become fossils-------however, MAYBE you can spend some time with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez----and LEAN IN to the Fountain of Aging Gracefully : ) Or hey, how about a TV series about young female Congress people who don’t take garbage from anyone anyone. and how they CHANGED THE WORLD. : )

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And people are supposed to care what this rich asshole says because…

Most people probably don’t know who he is and I don’t see anything that he said that was enlightening. But wealth gives you a big megaphone. McCain’s daughter is on a show because of her last name, and she knows dick about the world.

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Medicare is ONE PLAN. You seem to be talking about “Medicare Advantage” plans, a brainchild of W’s right-wing economic advisors in which a private insurance company in effect takes control of your share of Medicare dollars, charges you and/or your former employer some more dollars, re-jiggers the allocations a bit, and gets you better coverage than either funder could by itself–not surprising, since they have more money to work with.

Several versions of “Medicare For All” have been proposed, and there are about fifty shades of single-payer worldwide. Any MFA plan that does not include “Improved” in its name will still leave most people with significant out-of-pocket expenses, just as Medicare does, and unlike single-payer plans which are funded through taxes (more efficient so less costly overall), and may or may not require some co-payments. It was the one of several programs proposed by Democrats in Congress between 1947 (?) and 1965 that made it through Congress. Like most of the others it was conceived as a stopgap, a stepping stone to the universal single-payer programs that were already in place in several countries.

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Historically there is a tendency for people to become more “conservative” and less “progressive” as they age. Part of that is the multiple meanings of both words, and there are certainly some of us for whom the opposite is true.

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If it takes any more than two to four years to ween ourselves from combustion generated energy then it may not be effectual.