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We Already Have Single-Payer for Seniors — We Just Need to Expand It

August 1, 2018 - 11:57pm

Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We’re now more than a year into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators and educators not only about how to resist but also about how to build a better world. Today’s interview is the 133rd in the series. Click here for the most recent interview before this one.

Labor’s Power and the Medicare for All Struggle

July 31, 2018 - 11:45pm

Under capitalism, the 1 percent profits from the illnesses of the 99 percent.
Though it is lost on most mainstream commentary about the health care system, the reality is that the wealth and power of a small group of people depends on other people being sick — and on rationing and restricting their access to quality health care.
This is the reason for the daily reality of working class and poor people skipping medications, going to work sick or missing appointments because they simply cannot afford to be ill.

An Unhappy Birthday for Medicare and Medicaid

July 31, 2018 - 1:14am

July 30 marks a very important anniversary in our modern political history.
Fifty-three years ago in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law, creating two programs that would disproportionately improve the lives of older and low-income Americans — especially women.
Fast-forward to 2018, and both programs are very much under siege. Nowhere is the struggle starker than in the House Republican budget — titled “A Brighter American Future” — now on Capitol Hill.

Single-Payer Advocates in Congress Double Down With Medicare for All Caucus

July 21, 2018 - 1:56am

When Medicare was created 53 years ago this month, it was over the objections of Ronald Reagan. On behalf of the American Medical Association, Reagan warned that should Medicare become law, it would lead to “a mechanism for national health insurance capable of indefinite expansion in every direction until it includes the entire population.”

Pre-Existing Conditions: The Age Group Most Vulnerable if Coverage Goes Away

July 12, 2018 - 12:42am

A widely shared New Yorker cartoon heralded “70 as the new 50” with the implications that being 50 was a joyous and healthy age. More than 10 years later, we are seeing that being in one’s 50s may have its drawbacks, at least in terms of current American political debates around repealing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Coverage for pre-existing conditions, which has reduced the uninsured rate by an estimated 22 percent, has been a cornerstone of the ACA. It is generally viewed as the most popular element of ACA by proponents and opponents alike.