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The Long Hard Road to ColoradoCare: Amendment 69

Renee Parsons | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Renee Parsons

What has been widely-adopted by fifty four nations as a universal government-supported health care system was first proposed by a most unlikely arch-conservative, German autocrat in 1883. Today the success of such a health care model remains irrefutable -- except in the US.

What Should Bernie Do Next? Organize!

Les Leopold | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Les Leopold

Rather than parsing words in the party platform (that Hillary and the rest of the establishment Democrats can and will ignore at will) Sanders should concentrate on launching a new movement organization right now -- one that would mobilize for his democratic socialist agenda.

Why Single-Payer Must Be Part of the Democratic Platform

John Geyman | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Single-payer national health insurance (NHI) is one of the important differences in the current discussion between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.

Hillary's Public Option Proposal: Could It Work?

John Geyman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

A recent article in The New York Times highlighted a proposal by Hillary Clinton to bring back the public option as part of the Affordable Care Act, described as a move to the left toward Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All proposal.

Trump's Taxes, Hillary's Transcripts, Bernie's Truth Telling

Les Leopold | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Les Leopold

Voters are fed up with runaway inequality and the policies which foster it. The super-rich have created a rigged economic system. We are being financially strip-mined by economic elites.

The Return of Democratic Socialism

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Why the rising tide of support for socialism in recent years? One key factor was certainly a popular backlash against the growing economic instability and inequality in America fostered by brazen corporate greed, exploitation, and control of public policy.

Doctors' Single-Payer Prescription for Health Care Reform

Steffie Woolhandler | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Steffie Woolhandler

At least 27 million Americans remain uninsured, and for tens of millions with insurance, sky-high copayments and deductibles (which average $5,300 in the bronze plans sold on the ACA exchanges) mean they'd be bankrupted by a serious illness.

10 Reasons Why Bernie Thumps Trump

Les Leopold | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Les Leopold

As Sanders wins yet another primary (the 19th overall), it might be useful to examine what a Sanders-Trump match-up might entail.

The Urban Institute's Attack On Single Payer: Ridiculous Assumptions Yield Ridiculous Estimates

David Himmelstein | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
David Himmelstein

The Urban Institute and the Tax Policy Center today released analyses of the costs of Sen. Bernie Sanders' domestic policy proposals, including single-payer national health insurance. They claim that Sanders' proposals would raise the federal deficit by $18 trillion over the next decade.

5 Things Hillary Supporters Don't Get About Bernie Supporters

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Kim

To me, all of these questions stem from the fact that Hillary supporters assume that they and Bernie supporters are fundamentally on the same team. Doesn't the fundamental rule of "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" still apply?

Bernie Sanders, My Grandfather and Shirley Chisholm

Paul Y. Song, MD | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Paul Y. Song, MD

Senator Sanders is the only candidate who believes that healthcare is a human right and that the only true solution to provide comprehensive universal healthcare is to improve, strengthen, and expand Medicare for all.

Three Big Reasons Why Bernie Sanders Could Still Win This Election

Jonathan Greenberg | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Greenberg

Democratic voters are far more intent upon making sure a Democrat wins the general election than they are on making sure Hillary Clinton is that Democrat. If, through their social media, voters in remaining states learn that a Clinton nomination is far more likely to make their nightmare of a Trump presidency a reality, millions could desert Hillary on primary day.

Bernie's Right: the U.S. Needs Health Care More Like Europe's

Edwin G. Dolan | Posted 03.08.2016 | World
Edwin G. Dolan

Sanders has reopened the health care debate by urging the U.S. to adopt a system more like that of other wealthy countries. In Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan, he said, "When we talk about Europe and their pluses and minuses, one thing they have done well that we should emulate ... is guaranteed health care for all people." Even though he's right, his health care platform is under attack, not just from the right, but also from the left.

The Need for More Like Bernie Sanders: Alternative to Government Of, By and For the Corporations

Michele Swenson | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
Michele Swenson

Unlimited money in politics and the corporate control over our government that it buys have totally subverted U.S. democracy.

Medicare's History Belies Claim That Medicare-for-All Would Disrupt Care

Steffie Woolhandler | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Steffie Woolhandler

Hillary Clinton and others charge that Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-All plan would disrupt and threaten Americans' health care. But the smooth rollout of Medicare-for-Seniors in 1965 -- which many had also predicted would bring chaos -- belies that charge.

Colorado -- First With Medicare for All?

Sara Davidson | Posted 02.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Sara Davidson

ColoradoCareYes, a citizens' group, wrote an amendment and collected enough signatures to get ColoradoCare on the ballot in November. If passed, it would cover everyone, with no deductibles and no co-pays for primary care.

Bernie Sanders: America's Mainstream Candidate

D. C. Rutledge | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
D. C. Rutledge

Bernie is running a grassroots, people-funded campaign and is therefore only beholden to us. The polls are telling the underlying truth: the more people hear Bernie, the more people like Bernie.

Sanders May Be One Justice Away From His Political Revolution

Terry Smith | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Terry Smith

The conventional wisdom on the establishment left is that Sen. Bernie Sanders is offering his enthusiastic supporters pipedreams in lieu of achievable policy proposals. Placed in proper perspective, Bernie Sanders may be just one justice away from setting in motion what he calls a political "revolution."

The Real Healthcare Debate Democrats Should Be Having

Paul Y. Song, MD | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics
Paul Y. Song, MD

The real debate Democrats should be having should not be about whether single payer, a highly successful proven system in so many industrialized nations, is the solution, but rather how we can collectively come together to overcome the corporate forces that derailed the ACA from providing a public option, drug price controls and insurance rate regulation

Bernie Sanders' Health Plan Is Too Good To Be True, Analyst Says

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics

When Bernie Sanders released his universal health care plan last week, promising that most people would receive more generous insurance coverage while...

How and Why Medicare for All Is a Realistic Goal

Nancy Altman | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Hillary Clinton is wrong when she says that Medicare for all is not achievable. In fact, if she and her husband had embraced the concept in 1993, we would be nearly there today.

Hillary's Unsurprising and Disingenuous Opposition to Real Health Care Reform

John Geyman | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Here we go again. Hillary touting her long experience in government, claimed knowledge of health care, and ability to "get things done" as she affirms her support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and distorts Bernie Sanders' single-payer plan for national health insurance, Medicare for all.

Sanders Medicare for All: Finally a Plan to Protect Our Most Precious Gift -- Our Health

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

Bernie Sanders' new plan for achieving the dream of countless Americans for nearly a century -- healthcare coverage for everyone -- deserves all of our thanks. And nurses will fight to make it come true.

Bernie Sanders Releases Health Plan And It's Even More Ambitious Than You Thought

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

Bernie Sanders on Sunday released his plan to reform the American health insurance system -- or, more accurately, to reinvent it from scratch. It's a ...

Clinton's Dishonest Attacks On Sanders' Medicare-For-All Plan Betrays Democratic Values

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Every Democrat should be outraged, because this is the kind of attack that not only undermines fundamental Democratic values but gives aid and comfort to the very special interests and their allies in the Republican Party who are against doing what we want to do for America.