ELI5, how would universal healthcare’s infrastructure be implemented?

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Hi, I’m all for universal healthcare, but I don’t known about the implementation, from my limited understanding, are we just subsidizing health insurance, and becoming the middleman ourselves, or are we nationalizing hospitals so the workers in the hospital become government employees instead(I keep seeing Ben Shapiro’s wife becoming a slave if this was implemented so that’s why I am asking what would happen to the employees )?

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Hypothetical question for a Sander’s presidency

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I'm working on a fiction novel which assumes Sanders is elected president in 2020 and assumes office with Democrat majorities in both chambers of Congress. The fictional Senate is not a veto-proof majority, but something along the lines of 53-55 Dems with 1 Independent.

In order to get ambitious legislation like Medicare for All passed, he needs to overcome the objections of both the GOP and corporate Dems. who are angling for future lobbying riches from corporate health care interests.

While he doesn't have the votes in 2021-2022, my hypothetical Sanders wants to use the bully pulpit to expose those who oppose MFA (and similar initiatives) and urge Democratic voters to opt for more progressive alternatives in the 2022 primaries. (This would be a point of contrast between the Sanders approach and the Obama approach we witnessed in 2009

In one scenario, the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate are more in synch with Sanders and willing to bring legislation to the floor which requires congress to go on record with their votes or in the case of the senate, identify those willing to filibuster as Lieberman did in 2009. While this doesn't get MFA passed in his first two years, it creates clarity in the public eye as to who is responsible and gives Bernie the ammo to take his case to the voters in those states and districts.

In another more nuanced scenario, the corporate Dems are trying to obstruct Sanders without exposing themselves. In a 4D chess scenario, certain Dems hide behind a GOP filibuster in the senate to conceal their true intentions. Bernie is successful in the 2022 primary at ousting the known obstacles, but in 2023 the true intentions are revealed and MFA is again stymied until at least 2025.

My question is this. What cunning strategies does President Sanders have at his disposal to proactively smoke out the potential Lieberman's in his own party and thwart their counter strategy to kick the can down the road on MFA?

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Recommendations for Progressive Candidates in the Primary in Rhode Island (Primary on Wednesday 12 September 2018, mail voting available now)

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Rhode Island primary

Note that Rhode Island has primaries that are open to unaffiliated voters, which means that if you are registered with a party, you have to vote in their primary, but if you are not registered with any party, you can choose which primary to vote in. Also please note that voting is on a Wednesday in Rhode Island this year, rather than Tuesday.

Below are candidates from our BKAS series that have progressive values. In general, the list contains candidates who have Bernie-like positions – Medicare-for-All, increased minimum wage, getting money out of politics, free college tuition, etc. However, not every candidate may support every position Bernie has. If you don’t know the candidate, check out their linked webpage. If you are not comfortable voting for any of these candidates, you can find others running in these races listed on the Green Papers or Ballotpedia for US Senate, Ballotpedia for US House or Ballotpedia for Governor.

Starting in mid 2017, I began doing the Better Know a State (BKAS) series describing candidates for various offices in each state. I started alphabetically (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, etc.), but then realized I probably should do them in order of their primaries. So, I switched to that system. It happens that New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Louisiana have the latest primaries of all the states. So, they were the last three states to be finished for the BKAS. As it turns out, I didn’t manage to finish those 3 BKAS posts before I got overwhelmed with actual primaries where I had to post voting recommendations. All this is simply to say that I have not completed a BKAS post on Rhode Island.


The current Governor, Gina Raimondo, is running for re-election. She is being challenged by Spencer Dickinson, who supports universal healthcare and getting big money out of politics, and Matt Brown, who supports Medicare-for-All, reversing cuts to Medicaid, $ 15/hr minimum wage, union rights, 100% renewable energy in Rhode Island by 2035, etc. I think both Dickinson and Brown are better than Raimondo. Also, note that Matt Brown is endorsed by Our Revolution and is a Justice Democrat candidate. There is also a candidate of the Compassion Party, Anne Armstrong.

Lt. Governor:

The incumbent David McKee is running again. Aaron Regunberg (Justice Democrat and endorsed by Our Revolution) is more progressive and supports Medicare-for-All, paid sick leave, fighting climate change, etc.

US Senator: Incumbent Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, is very progressive and signed on as a co-sponsor of Bernie’s Medicare-for-All bill (S.1804). He does have one challenger, Pat Fontes, an activist for peace and environmental causes. She says she’s running for Congress “to find out what happens when a first-time senator tries to promote legislation which would benefit most Americans”. I think she would promote progressive policies, though her website is a bit skimpy.

US Representatives:

RI-01: Incumbent David Cicilline is a fairly progressive Democrat and a member of the Medicare-for-All Congress. He’s a member of the Anti-Trust Caucus in Congress and he favors net neutrality. He has an opponent Chris Young, who is something of a perennial candidate. Young seems to support the ability to discharge student debt and raising the cap on Social Security, though I found his policy positions page to be a little difficult to understand.

RI-02: Incumbent Jim Langevin is pretty conservative for a Democrat. He was a late co-sponsor of HR 676 (Conyers’ Medicare-for-All bill), only signing on about 7 months after the fill had come out. And he has not joined the Medicare-for-All caucus. His only opponent is Republican Sal Calozzo.

Secretary of State:

There is only one Democratic candidate, current Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. She talks about elections and cybersecurity on her website. Rhode Island state law calls for risk-limiting audits of elections, which minimizes the chances for tampering with the vote.

Attorney General:

The current Attorney General cannot run again, due to term limits. There is only one Democratic candidate, Peter Neronha. His website discusses gun safety, environmental issues, public integrity and crime. His opponent from the Compassion Party, Alan Gordon, has filed a complaint to the Democratic Party about Neronha’s candidacy, because Neronha is covered by still-binding federal security clearances and related non-disclosure agreements from his time at the Department of Justice. Gordon states that these agreements will impair Neronha’s ability to prosecute certain cases. Gordon’s website talks about child trafficking and it appears he wants to fight that. But it does not give any information about his background or other policy positions.

Also, here are Ballotpedia links for other State-level races. I haven’t had time to research these candidates, so you’ll have to do your own research on them.



State Senate:


Endorsed by Our Revolution

District 5 – Sam Bell

District 30 – Jeanine Calkin

State House:

You may want to read this article about progressive RI State Representatives before making your choices in state races.


Endorsed by Our Revolution

District 5 – Marcia Ranglin-Vassell

State Ballot Measures:


Finally, I may have missed some candidates, so if anyone else knows of a good progressive I’ve left off this list, let me know.

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A warning about centrist Democrat Robert “Beto” O’Rourke

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I've noticed a lot of hype for Robert O'Rourke, the corporatist, neo-liberal Democrat running for the Senate in Texas. It's important that the political revolution keep it's priorities straight and only reward actual progressives. O'Rourke is the favorite of moneyed interests and out raised the progressive and democratic socialists running for the Senate nomination, but then did not win in convincing fashion. Berniecrat Seme Hernandez finished a strong 2nd to O'Rourke, and she has concerns about O'Rourke. O'Rourke is against Medicare For All, refused to cosponsor the M4A legislation in the House, and refused to endorse Bernie Sanders for President. In short, he's not one of us and doesn't deserve our support

Let's keep the focus on actual Berniecrats like Cynthia Nixon in NY who is running against a corrupt dynastic scion in Andrew Cuomo, Andrew Gillum in Florida, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, Stacey Abrams in Georgia, and other candidates that actually support Bernie, support Bernie's agenda, and have Bernie's support.

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Can you all help me. Its regarding the governor race in FL (Bernie backs Gilluml

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I found this on the web: http://nooting.com/Ron-DeSantis-Facts.pdf

Stuff in there looked pretty bad to me but this is over my head type stuff. It looks to be vetting material sponsored by the tea party.

It looks like he has done weird stuff with housing and lied about some stuff.

Is this stuff serious at all?

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