Tag: Medicare for All

Biden’s Path to Party Unity Begins With Concessions

Since Bernie Sanders’s campaign faltered and subsequently folded, the question of what can be done to bring young voters over to the Biden campaign has, somewhat belatedly, been the subject of some worried discussion among the pundits. This outpouring has not yet been matched with much public fretting from the Biden campaign, and much less […]

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Democrats’ Big Coronavirus Idea Is to Subsidize Health Insurers

An unprecedented number of people are losing their jobs in the United States right now. Because of the employer-dependent health care labyrinth we have set up, that means an unprecedented number are also losing their health insurance. The new group of uninsured only adds to the huge chunk of the country—nearly 30 million people—that were […]

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The Case for Single-Payer in a Pandemic

Single-payer supporters, myself included, have argued that the coronavirus pandemic demonstrates the flaws of America’s private insurance system, and that this system is hampering the nation’s ability to fight the virus. Conversely, single-payer opponents like Joe Biden have repeatedly argued that single-payer will not “solve” the coronavirus pandemic. On Twitter, the president of the Center […]

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The Profound Simplicity of Bernie Sanders’s Vision

Bernie Sanders was always demanding too much, the argument went. “What he’s proposing is very much pie in the sky,” Joe Biden, now the unopposed Democratic nominee, said at the start of March. “If you promise the moon and you can’t deliver the moon, then that’s going to be one more indicator of how we […]

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Where Does the Bernie Sanders Movement Go Now?

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is over. And while it remains to be seen exactly what happens to the movement he built, it’s clear how much of a stamp he’s left on the Democratic Party. Sanders helped usher in a new era of progressive politics in America, pushing the issues of income inequality, universal […]

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Black Communities Are on the ‘Frontline’ of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here’s Why

Photo: ROBYN BECK (AFP via Getty Images) Every new day of the coronavirus pandemic has brought with it a dizzying amount of change. Teachers explain class projects to their students over Zoom meetings, while friends and family use FaceTime to inquire about their loved ones, alternating between laughter and concern while holding pixelated drinks in […]

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Our Never-Ending Recession

For the last four decades, “the economy” has been less a measure of any kind of shared prosperity than it’s been a weathervane for the investment portfolios of the 1 percent. That was never clearer than during the so-called recovery period after the Great Recession, in which the markets bounded back to life with generous […]

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The Bernie Sanders Movement Without Bernie Sanders

For Bernie Sanders’s supporters, one source of frustration in the recent round of primaries is the peculiar fact that his campaign’s agenda seems to be doing better than the candidate himself. On Tuesday, Bernie lost the Mississippi primary by over 65 points; yet, as NBC News reported on the same night, 6 in 10 Mississippi […]

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The Coronavirus Could Reset the Democratic Race

The coronavirus has broken containment in the United States. This past weekend saw 236 more confirmed cases, bringing the total to at least 730 across 30 states as of Tuesday morning. The epidemic has even reached the White House’s doorstep. An attendee of the Conservative Political Action Conference, held in Washington last month, tested positive […]

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Facing a Pandemic in the New Gilded Age

A small segment of the population, Bloomberg reported earlier this week, possesses a type of partial immunity to the coronavirus: They’re rich. With the news that the virus has spread to 60 countries and counting, economic elites have begun making arrangements for concierge medical care, VIP access to early vaccines, and private jets to Idaho […]

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How Insulin Became the Poster Child for Medicare for All

Nicole Smith-Holt, a college financial aid specialist in Richfield, Minnesota, got the call on a Tuesday in June 2017. Her son Alec had been found alone in his new apartment, slumped over and ice-cold. In shock and disbelief, Nicole assumed that an intruder must have broken in. After Nicole and her husband, James, arrived at […]

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A Good Fight to Have About Medicare for All

Last week, the Las Vegas–based Culinary Union, Unite Here Local 226, found itself in the middle of a political fight after its leadership released a flyer singling out Bernie Sanders, saying that to elect him would “end Culinary Healthcare.” (“Culinary Healthcare” refers to the high-quality health insurance Nevada hospitality workers and their family members receive […]

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Can Corporate America Get Behind Medicare for All?

A few days before Christmas in 2007, Wendell Potter was in his office at the health insurer Cigna’s building in Philadelphia, watching CNN. A protest was being held outside Cigna’s Glendale, California, office—not, as one might expect, to demand health care reform, but to force the company to save the life of a young woman […]

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The New Majority Behind Sex Work Decriminalization

When people have a real chance to say what kind of world they want, they tend to tell similar stories: safety for themselves and their families, dignified work, health care. Viewed this way, there is something almost intuitive about many left ideas. Which means the real trouble with building support for them isn’t so much […]

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A Better Health Care Debate Is Possible

Presidential debates are not held for the purpose of informing the public about the candidates running for president and their views. They are television shows, designed to do what other television shows do: get ratings, sell perfume and laptops, drill the significance of the wretched Geico lizard into our skulls. Political substance as a by-product […]

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