Bernie Sanders is pushing a new proposal as part of the stimulus bill that would give everyone free health care during the pandemic. His plan would get us qualitatively closer to Medicare for All — and we should all rally behind it.
Luke Thibault is an organizer with Democratic Socialists of America’s Medicare for All campaign. He lives in California’s East Bay.
The US’s monstrous for-profit health system saddles millions of workers with debt for the crime of seeking medical treatment. We desperately need to cancel all medical debt, even as we continue to fight for Medicare for All.
In response to the pandemic, some governors are starting to reorganize their health systems to limit destructive competition and coordinate care between private and public hospitals. But we need to think bigger: a fully public, universal hospital system modeled on the UK’s National Health Service.
Donald Trump has decided to use federal dollars to directly foot the bill for uninsured COVID-19 patients, while Joe Biden is still clinging to the Affordable Care Act. It’s a boneheaded move that is allowing mainstream Democrats to be outflanked by Trump on health care.
The United Kingdom emerged from the horrors of World War II and established a national health system. We can do the same thing with the coronavirus crisis and Medicare for All.
The coronavirus is exposing anew the barbarity of our for-profit health system, which blocks people from getting tested and doles out treatment on the basis of ability to pay. We need Medicare for All, full stop.
Bernie Sanders challenged Joe Biden to an hour-long debate on health care last week. But Biden still hasn’t taken him up on the offer — because he knows Bernie would trounce him.
Whatever her intentions, Elizabeth Warren’s reversal from immediately pushing for Medicare for All to first passing a public option as part of a longer-term phase-in will sideline our movement — and fail to move us closer to achieving either program.
Ken Loach’s newest film, Sorry We Missed You, is a devastating indictment of our economy and its infinite capacity to generate misery for average people.
Fifty-four years ago today, Medicare became the law of the land. The program has been massively successful despite continued efforts to destroy it. While defending Medicare, our next step is clear: Medicare for All.
Bernie Sanders has long warned that the wealthy would push back against his agenda. The massive health care company UnitedHealth is starting to do just that — by trying to destroy Medicare for All.
Instead of championing Medicare for All, the Democratic leadership is proposing mild tweaks to Obamacare. That’s a disaster — centrist incrementalism is a gift to Trump.
After flip-flopping on health reform for years, Beto O’Rourke claims his public-option bill is a path to Medicare for All. It isn’t — the bill’s means-tested approach will pit working people against each another, keep private insurance companies afloat, and stop M4A’s momentum.