An article from In These Times lists 10 stats showing why Medicare-for-All would provide and protect a human right. As you know, healthcare is currently going unaddressed under capitalism.
28,300,000 – People uninsured in the United
States in the first quarter of 2018.
530,000 – Estimated number of families who file
bankruptcy each year due to medical issues and bills
44% – Americans who didn’t go to a doctor when
they were sick or injured because of cost, according
34% – Cancer patients who borrowed money from
friends or family to pay for care in 2016
79% – Increased death rate for cancer patients
who filed for bankruptcy in 2016
$75,375 – Cost of a heart bypass operation in
2016 in the U.S.
$15,742 – Cost of a heart bypass operation in
2016 in the Netherlands
$1,443 – U.S. per capita spending on
pharmaceutical costs in 2016, the highest in the world
840% – Increase in spending for insulin from 2007
to 2017 on Medicare Part D (Medicare’s prescription drug plan)
$5,110,000,000,000 – Estimated 10-year cost
savings of the single-payer healthcare system proposed in Sen. Bernie Sanders’
Medicare for All Act
SMASH CAPITALISM NOW!
As I have mentioned before, I consume a good amount of mainstream news to keep a finger on the pulse of what the American people are learning. And what I have learned is that the American people are much more favorable to far leftist policies than the pundits and “anchors” would have you believe.
Notice these two linked articles below, one from Fortune and one from FOX News:
“Support for raising taxes is widespread, according to a new poll, which found that 76% of registered voters want the wealthiest Americans to pay more.”
“Voters prefer increasing spending on domestic programs over cutting taxes and reducing spending, and their preferred way to finance that spending — is tax the wealthy.”
This is completely contradictory to the picture painted by the entertainers on cable news that is brushed every night. These supposed “news shows” would have you believe that such opinions are too far to the left to be held by the citizens of the United States. But as you can see from the objective measures quoted/linked above, one of the main tenets of the rad left platform is favored: redistribution of wealth through a strong state.
Now notice these two linked articles on healthcare policy in the U.S.:
“Six-in-ten Americans say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, including 31% who support a “single payer” approach to health insurance, according to a new national survey by Pew Research Center.”
“Some 56% of respondents said they favor Medicare-for-all, in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan.”
Universal healthcare is right within our grasp.
As I have put forth in past posts, in Chomsky’s “Manufacturing Consent”, the news media only allows a spectrum of valid opinions and political stances the rich and powerful deem acceptable. That’s why the news media is center-right. The talking heads dismiss polling results that are too threatening to those in power. They are dismissed by political commentators as “pony promises” if endorsed by a candidate.
Sure, these opinions are not exactly pure Marxist reforms, but it shows that the people could be exposed to far-left ideas not too much further to the left than the ones they already possess. Taxing the rich at a high rate, and Medicare-for-All is not too far from the redistribution of wealth and universal healthcare coverage. There’s an opening there.
conclusion, polls show that the American people are far further to the left than
the news media would have you believe. And this is a function of the breath of the
spectrum of acceptable political opinions sanctioned by the rich and powerful. The
people are closer to a positive view of the far-left than you would believe.
Let’s expose them to it through various forms of organizing and propaganda and
let’s see what happens.
According to this article in The Guardian about Pres. Obama apologizing for the way the new ACA was badly launched, and how some people’s current insurance plans were cancelled on them after being told they would not in a national pledge, is being followed up by a quick fix which is going to try to stop those cancellations. But check out this paragraph in the report here:
It remains unclear whether insurers or state regulators – who will receive a letter informing them of the so-called “enforcement discretion” – will actually act in ways that stop the cancellations. Officials conceded they had received no such guarantees from either states or insurers, many of whom were hoping to use the new law as a way to move customers onto higher-cost policies.
We need real answers on the ACA implementation’s problems or Obama is in real trouble.
A great article in The Atlantic about how Finland has created a near Eden-with-snow-like society while America struggles with all sorts of a economic and social problems the Finns have seemed to have cured. It also goes into to some straight talk about the nuts and bolts regarding differences in political views, national GDP, and other factors that may influence the two societies differing characteristics. Also, great graphs.
A scathing column by Maureen Dowd on the Supreme Court’s conservative majority’s ideological bias.