[Marxism] Sanders: 'Make Democrats a party of the working class, not liberal elite'
mdriscollrj at charter.net
Sun Apr 9 15:43:41 MDT 2017
As someone campaigning for single payer locally before the Board of
Supervisors and the Health Care District, this suggested much to me
about Senator Bernie Outreach the reform Democrat and his ties to the
Senator from Wall Street:
'The senator from Vermont also tweeted
<https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/845671102345039872> on Saturday,
"Right now we need to improve the Affordable Care Act and that means a
But corporate crime watchdog and single-payer advocate Russell Mokhiber
warned against embracing the public option
as a stand-in or even a stepping stone for Medicare for All.
In a piece published Sunday, Mokhiber quoted pediatrician and PNHP
member Margaret Flowers, who co-directs the group Health Over Profit for
Everyone. She said:
Introducing a public option will divide and confuse supporters of
Medicare-for-All. Senators who should co-sponsor Medicare-for-All
will be divided. Sanders seems to be urging a public option to
please the Democratic Party, but Sanders cannot serve two
masters—Wall Street's Chuck Schumer and the people. Sanders must
decide whom he is working for.
While it might seem politically pragmatic to support a public
option, it is not realistically pragmatic because a public option
will not work. Senator Sanders knows that and he knows that the
smallest step toward solving the healthcare crisis is National
Improved Medicare for All. This would fundamentally change our
health system that currently treats health as a commodity so that
people only have access to what they can afford to a system that
treats health as a public necessity so that people have access to
what they need. Medicare-for-All achieves the savings needed to
provide comprehensive coverage to everyone.
"We look to Senator Sanders to act on what he promised during his
presidential campaign, a national improved Medicare-for-All now, not
tomorrow," Flowers said. "Tomorrow never comes. It is not up to him to
decide if single-payer can pass in Congress. That task is for the people
The people have already decided, polling 70% in favor of Single Payer.
What we need and are not getting are Senators and Representatives who
are respectful of that decision. We insure against accidents and
disasters elsewhere, everywhere, of people, property and nature, often
affordably, but this fundamental imperative to protect human health
affordably is barred by a powerful medical complex, who conceal from us
the glaring fact that we are the only major country on earth not to
guarantee healthcare to all people as a right.
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