"We have to have the guts to take on the insurance companies and drug companies and move forward to a medicare for all single payer program and i'll be introducing legislation to do that."
Bernie Sanders is essentially proposing a healthcare plan that the rest of the developed world already uses and is working for them. Were going to get back to why this is a common sense plan but I want to first discuss the next person who is important in this charge. Keith Ellison, the Deputy Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and progressive Congressman said,
"We are in a position to not only fight these people back, not just to get back to the status quo, but to create a whole new reality. Don't just be satisfied with defeating TrumpCare. Set your sights on creating Medicare for All. Think about what America would be like if you could just do something as simple as going to the doctor."
A single-payer national health care system should be at the "top of the list" if there's talk of re-jiggering the nation's health care Warren said. When a reporter asked her about ObamaCare she said, "Obamacare is laden with Republican ideas, she also noted the legislation is based on the health care reform bill passed in Massachusetts under Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican.
Senator Jeff Merkley, the senator from Oregon who was the only senator to endorse Bernie Sanders in the presidential primaries also spoke about this issue. He said, "There are plenty of ideas already on the table that would make healthcare more affordable for working families, from a public option to prescription drug negotiations, to offering older Americans the chance to buy into Medicare. I'm happy to work with anyone from either side of the aisle to explore these or any other ideas that would improve healthcare for working Americans."
|(Left to Right) Senator Jeff Merkley, Congressman John Conyers, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Deputy DNC Chairman and Congressman Keith Ellison and Senator Bernie Sanders|
This is some good progress from our senators and congressman. So now the question in do the people actually want Medicare for All? I had someone ask me that question recently so let's look at what the people say. The Kaiser Family Foundation did a poll and they found that nearly two thirds (64%) of Americans say they have a positive reaction to the term Medicare for All."
Lets not mistake ourselves. Two thirds is not a small amount. It's not 51% or 55%, but nearly two thirds of Americans are for Medicare for All. It is preposterous that the Democrats think that is a difficult position to get behind. If your still skeptical about this clear reaction from the people, Pew Research Center says that "60% of Americans say the government should be responsible for ensuring health care coverage for all Americans."
This is a clear reaction from the people saying that they want the government to run healthcare because it isn't working in the hands of the insurance and pharmaceutical industry who do everything in their power to make an extra buck. TrumpCare is a disaster and ObamaCare is half of what the people want, so let's go get exactly what the people want. There is a 22% lead on this issue even when you frame it as the government running healthcare which there not, there just replacing the middle man. So I ask the Democratic Party, when are you going to fight for things that are popular amongst the American people? You might be thinking that both parties should be fighting for something that has overwhelming support in a "democracy." That's exactly the problem! The Republicans hate this legislation because they work for their rich donors who are the insurance companies that just want more tax cuts. So what's holding the Democrats up? This is clearly an issue to get behind that has massive support. If you haven't figured it out by now, they both (Democrats and Republicans) have the same donors. The 5 Democrats that I wrote about are on the right side of the issue. The problem is all of the other Democrats aren't.
Here's the good news, we the people outnumber the donors and the corporate politicians. We have the power to make change and fight the corporatists who influence our government only to make a profit and benifet themselves and not the American people. Our politicians job is to represent you. Lets make sure that happens. Call or email your congressman and senators about this issue, sign petitions and get involved.
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