Medicare: We Cannot Begin From a Position of Compromise. Sanders Bill “To Cover All Americans”?

Posted: September 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Sanders has it backwards. Rather than starting from a position of strong legislation and building support for it, he is starting from a position of weak legislation that he considers to be more politically feasible. By doing so, he is losing the support of the movement that he needs to pass expanded and improved Medicare for all.

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Global Research, August 31, 2017
Health Over Profit 30 August 2017

At the start of the August congressional recess, Senator Bernie Sanders announced that he will introduce a senate bill this September “to expand Medicare to cover all Americans.” Since the election, the movement for improved Medicare for all, has been urging Sanders to introduce a companion to John Conyers’ HR 676: The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, which currently has a record 117 co-sponsors in the House and is considered the gold standard by the movement.

Recent reports are that Sanders’ bill falls far short of HR 676 in fundamental ways. In fact, Sanders’ bill is a multi-payer system not a single payer system. His bill reportedly would allow private insurers to compete with the public system, allow the wealthy to buy their way out of the public system and allow investor-owned health facilities to continue to profit…

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Comments
  1. So much for Sanders to the rescue. Why anyone is still fooled by him, I don’t know. I’ve never taken him seriously.

  2. Same here. His stand on racial issues is very troubling. It also strikes me someone his edge should be mentoring younger people to step into his shoes.

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