Archive for the ‘Single-Payer’ Category

Where is the Bill?

July 1, 2017

More than 3 months have now passed since Senator Bernie Sanders said he would introduce a single-payer bill.
Sanders said this in reaction to the republican’s failed attempt to strike down the flawed ACA. 

Back in March…

He never did it. His worshipers claim, in a revealingly messianic message, “It is on the way.”
This failure of Sanders to follow-up on his boast after “Trumpcare” died no doubt emboldened the republicans, because they almost immediately tried it again; this time with a bill crafted in the Senate.
TWO attempts to kill the ACA in the first half of the year, back-to-back, and Sanders did nothing. Except talk and beg for money to continue talking.
Naturally, the Dead-End Berners have an all-purpose excuse for this lack of action; an excuse that directly contradicts their IT’S ON THE WAY dodge:
“You expect Single-Payer to pass in a republican congress?”
I have a short, three-part answer to this variation of the “They Fought Obama For 8 Years” excuse:
1) Your fear that a bill will not succeed is not a sufficient reason for failing to introduce it. The value in having the bill in the senate is that even if it fails, we solid get a record of who supported it and who did not.
2) Over 73% of the public wants Single-Payer. Most Americans will gladly pay more in taxes to have it. So your handy-dandy pessimism as an excuse is unwarranted. Failure is far from a foregone conclusion.
3) In case you don’t know… all long journeys begin with but a single step. NOT taking that single step is what guarantees failure. Introducing a Single-Payer bill in the senate IS that step.

“Access” To Insurance Is NOT The Answer

May 3, 2017

I will go against the flow now.
Jimmy Kimmel.
He is a trained actor who is in the pay of a major corporation. His job is to get viewers to do things.
See a specific movie.
Watch a new TV show.
Buy the Swimsuit Issue.
Support the ACA.
For all its pulling at the heartstrings, that monologue of his touting the glories of the ACA amounts to corporate propaganda against Single-Payer, Universal Healthcare.
Nothing works better in marketing than helping children. And that is what this man did.
If his corporate bosses didn’t want you to see this, you would not have seen it.
So at this critical juncture, a corporate millionaire makes a tear-stained plea for the ACA.
No mention of Single-Payer?
It was all about ACCESS to health insurance.
“We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world, but until a few years ago, millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all. Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition. And if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition.”
With this talk, Kimmel became an insurance salesman.
And he used the standard tricks of the trade, including THINK OF THE CHILDREN.
Look: If you think the only choice is the ACA or Paul Ryan’s plan, then you have been successfully sold.
Kimmel and the other performers did their job.
We need Universal Healthcare.
Not “access” to insurance.