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'Time Is Now to #PassTheDamnBill': 116 California DNC Delegates Demand Pelosi Hold Floor Vote on Medicare for All

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/29/time-now-passthedamnbill-116-california-dnc-delegates-demand-pelosi-hold-floor-vote


What kind of insane political system allows someone like Nancy Plutocracy to not let her fellow House members even vote on some legislation that was proposed by another House member. Come on folks could you all fucking wake up and understand your political system in the USA is completely corrupt and serves only the corporate oligarchs who have bought off their political puppets a long, long time ago. Seriously?! You can’t even have a vote on a bill which is supported by the majority of citizens. STOP VOTING! HOLD A GENERAL STRIKE! INVOKE MASSIVE BOYCOTTS! Or continue to take it up the ass as citizens while EVERYTHING is STOLEN from you.


Well said, Have Min Cho.
Well done, delegates.
im sure the DNC will show these delegates that their job is merely to rubber-stamp the DNC’s selected candidate & shut up.

“This is the greatest country of all time - we have democracy.” - and then they blink stupidly


That’s barely more than a quarter of the CA delegation. Its 56 delegates less than those supporting Biden in the CA delegation. This means that nearly HALF of the CA pledged delegates supporting Sanders didn’t sign onto this.


Care, the word speaks for itself. Either a society does or it does not.
Medicare for All! Yesterday!
“There should be no billionaires.”–Bernie Sanders


Looks like Jayapal is close to putting Pelosi in a half Nelson ?

While the actions of the delegates are laudable, it could also be seen as being somewhat futile since the Democratic machine, led by Pelosi, have absolutely no intention of trying to pass legislation which would allow a single payer system to finally be implemented in the allegedly greatest country in the world. It should be noted that every industrialized country in the world has some form of universal health care except for the United States where the for-profit insurance companies hold sway. Those 116 delegates would have been better off forming a genuine leftist third party which could oppose the two corporate and militant political parties which rule this country. Unless third parties emerge nothing of substance will ever change in the less than egalitarian United States.


Absolutely right - my hope is that after the DNC “puts these troublesome delegates in their place,” the delegates will rebel and vote Sanders at the convention. Your scenario of forming a progressive 3rd party is even better, though.


Hae Min Cho not “have Min Cho”
[Rolls eyes] auto-correct is annoying

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HR 1384 Takes all manner of currently existing funding that includes 43% from the general budget and establishes a new Universal Medicare Trust Fund that is funded by the general fund at 100% (something that has always been considered a bad plan) it is adjusted by cost of living and distributed by caped global budgets. If you read this bill, it is a cost containment bill as opposed to the current system that is based on need and has been manipulated by partial privatization.

It is just a version of the republican bills that shape this cat food version.

Why then would you entrust restructuring healthcare to the same people you consider as corrupt or incompetent?


I am in basic agreement with your post though I have little faith that Sanders will come to the rescue of the Democrats and the American people. One should recall that Sanders decided to foolishly run for president as a Democrat instead of forming his own third party which did not help his credibility as being an alleged independent. It is rather hard to believe that Sanders did not think that the Democratic establishment would turn its back on him while supporting a corporate and mainstream candidate like Joe Biden. And it should never be forgotten that Sanders, as he did in 2016, betrayed his supporters when he supported the odious Biden for president.


Yes, auto-corrupt is annoying.

On the bright side, it did not change the doctor’s name to “Ho Chi Minh”.

Voting on a smart phone with auto-corrupt will surely be fun.


That’s a good point - I’ve said for years that if we can vote on American Idol or whatever, we should be able to get a higher participation rate in elections by making it a vote-from-home paradigm. But, like you say, that’s a whole new set of opportunities for the Establishment to tamper with our votes.


No thanks.

While i agree with you, i can’t quite condemn Bernie for running as a Dem, since the duopoly is so openly corrupt about excluding progressive people from having a viable voice. i could empathize with his efforts to change the DNC from within in 2016; this past year, he absolutely should have run as a Democratic Socialist. He was the most popular politician in the country; he should’ve tried to make a 3rd party viable using that popularity. So, ultimately, i do agree with you that Sanders is no savior.


Monday morning MSM news:

“Gilead Sciences, the company that makes Covid-19 drug remdesivir, announced in an open letter this morning that it has decided to set a price of $390 per vial for the US government, which would include Medicaid, and for the governments of developed countries.
A typical five-day treatment course would include six vials, which would equate to $2,340 per patient, Daniel O’Day, Gilead Sciences chairman and CEO, said in the letter. The US government will continue to manage US allocations of remdesivir to hospitals through September, the company said.”

Daniel O’Day:

Gilead Lines Up $30.2 Million Pay Package for Incoming CEO O’Day

Dec. 11, 2018, 8:37 AM

Gilead Sciences Inc.’s incoming chief executive officer, Daniel O’Day, will begin with $16 million of annual compensation and receive an additional $14.2 million to replace money he gave up at his prior employer.

Remember this?

Rumsfeld’s growing stake in Tamiflu
Defense Secretary, ex-chairman of flu treatment rights holder, sees portfolio value growing.

October 31, 2005: 10:55 AM EST
By Nelson D. Schwartz, Fortune senior writer

NEW YORK (Fortune) - The prospect of a bird flu outbreak may be panicking people around the globe, but it’s proving to be very good news for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other politically connected investors in Gilead Sciences, the California biotech company that owns the rights to Tamiflu, the influenza remedy that’s now the most-sought after drug in the world.**


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I would not entrust it to them at all. I am all for both the Democrats and Republicans becoming dead political parties. It is long past time to actually get some viable third parties who actually represent the people. My only point is that why do we have such an insane system whereby someone like Pelosi can even refuse to take a vote on a bill introduced by another House member. The system is corrupt and broken beyond repair now. And the reality is that I would not have to entrust these corrupt politicians to restructure health care because they are paid by their corporate masters to never do so.


Ok, if that is your concern. In this case I don’t think it is a mistake. HR 1384 is a not a good bill. In Ca they voted on a similar bill only without a funding mechanism and actually passed it. (That would be like buying a house with the purchase price to be determined later) Fortunately, the governor vetoed the bill.