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Donkees's Journal
Donkees's Journal
August 17, 2018

Rally Photo from Ari Rabin-Havt:

It’s a hot day in Tampa, but that didn’t stop 1000+ people from coming out for Bernie Sanders and @AndrewGillum
August 16, 2018

The medical lobby is already peddling lies about Medicare-for-all

August 16, 2018


Medicare-for-all is getting some real momentum behind it, with several more supporters winning congressional primaries on Tuesday night. The medical industry — drug companies, insurance companies, medical providers, and others — has thus been gearing up to preserve the fat profits they enjoy under the horrendous status quo. They've formed a group called The Partnership for America's Health Care Future (PAHCF) to run a propaganda campaign against universal health care.

Their main argument is pretty clearly going to be centered around loss-aversion. "Most Americans support commonsense, pragmatic solutions that don't interrupt the coverage they rely upon for themselves and their families," PAHCF spokesman Erik Smith told The Hill. (Jonathan Chait and Paul Krugman have made similar points.)

But this argument is garbage. Medicare-for-all would mean vastly more people enjoying good health care, and dramatically fewer people getting kicked off their insurance overall.

So why is the medical lobby mobilizing against this bill? It's simple: money. America's total health expenditures are roughly twice that of the OECD average — nearly 5 points of GDP (or about $900 billion) higher than Switzerland, the second-most expensive country. A great deal of that spending comes in the form of big corporate profits, pointless administrative busywork, and hugely excessive doctor salaries (especially for specialists). Sanders' Medicare-for-all bill would pay for expanded coverage and increased treatment access by wringing out some of those inefficiencies — on net, provider payments would be cut by about 11 percent.

This medical lobby effort against the idea is nothing more than greed.


August 16, 2018

Bernie Sanders: Medicare for all's time has come

By Bernie Sanders

Updated 8:04 AM ET, Thu August 16, 2018


(CNN)Let's be clear. The American people are increasingly tired of a health care system that works for Wall Street investors, insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry -- but ignores their needs. They want real change, and poll after poll shows that they want to move toward a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system. And for good reason.

Today, the United States has the most expensive, inefficient, and bureaucratic health care system in the world. Despite the fact that we are the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care for all -- and have 30 million uninsured and even more who are underinsured -- we now spend more than twice as much per capita on health care as the average developed country.

The ongoing failure of our health care system is directly attributable to the fact that -- unique among major nations -- it is primarily designed not to provide quality care to all in a cost-effective way. Instead, the system makes maximum profits for health insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry and medical equipment suppliers.

The Medicare-for-all legislation that I wrote, which now has 16 co-sponsors in the Senate, would provide comprehensive health care to every man, woman and child in our country -- without out-of-pocket expenses. No more insurance premiums, deductibles or co-payments. Further, it would expand Medicare coverage to include dental and vision care. In other words, this plan would do exactly what should be done in a civilized and democratic society. It would allow all Americans, regardless of their income, to get the health care they need when they need it.


August 15, 2018

Senator Sanders via Video at Vermont Democrats Unity Rally



In a bold display of Party unity, Democrats up and down primary ballots will come together to demonstrate strength ahead of the General Election.

Speaking at the rally will be Congressman Peter Welch, Senator Bernie Sanders (via video), Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman, Democratic Nominee for Governor Christine Hallquist, and the former Democratic primary candidates for governor.

The event will be hosted by the Vermont Democratic Party in Burlington and will take place on Wednesday, August 15 at 5:00 p.m. in the Great Room of the Main Street Landing. The speaking program will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and the press.


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