Discussion Thread: “Medicare For All Citizen Co-Sponsor” Edition! What’s on your mind?

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Hey all. Bernie has recently sent out a call to action, urging people to sign on as a Citizen Co-Sponsor of his Medicare-for-All, single-payer health care bill. If you haven't already done so, click this link to add your name.

"They may have the money, but we have something more powerful: We have the people. In this pivotal moment in American history, let us lead our country forward to guarantee healthcare as a right and not a privilege. This is a struggle whose time has come. This is a struggle not just about healthcare but about the heart and soul of our country, about what we stand for as a people." – Bernie Sanders

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What’s Bernie’s (Our) Strategy to Pass Medicare For All ?

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With the unveiling of the Medicare For All proposal today, the two biggest issues for Democratic voters are now in play as it joins the Green New Deal.

The MFA proposal will have roughly half of the Democrats in the House as co-sponsors compared to about 35% for the Green New Deal.

Early reports seem to indicate that we are not likely to see a vote on Medicare For All in the House. Pelosi's comments indicate that there isn't enough of a consensus in the Dem. caucus to proceed with that.

This looms as a big test for the credibility of the "political revolution" that Sanders is seeking to trigger. I feel a lot more bullish about our ability to get Bernie elected than I do about transforming Congress into a organ of our will.

Electing Bernie is one race. One campaign team, One candidate. It's all very compact and controlled ultimately by one person.

Flipping 50 or 100 positions in Congress, either via persuasion or identifying new candidates who will support Medicare For All is many orders of magnitude more complicated.

Each congressional district must be evaluated and planned separately and then a coordinated plan must be put forth to allocate resources to try and transform the Congress. Then you have the Senate as well.

As the political leader of the Progressive movement, we need to look to Bernie to give us some guidance on how we execute this plan and how each of us as individual activists can plug in and support it.

My sense is that we need to build some structure and coordination specific to the Congressional push. Right now the political revolution is scattered across a lot of smaller fiefs like DSA, Our Revolution, Brand New Congress, Justice Democrats, NNU, MoveOn, DFA, etc, etc. We need these groups to coalesce into something coordinated if we are to apply ourselves efficiently to the task of successfully taking on entities like the DCCC and DSCC and their corporate health backers in a war for house seats.

Electing Bernie is only 5% of the battle.

I think in the coming months we will need some names of people who we can hold accountable for coordinating the push to overhaul Congress. Maybe it's Nina Turner or maybe it's Bernie himself or someone new off the radar. There's no way we can be successful if we have a dozen splinter groups working in silos.

Even though the Green New Deal has fewer co-sponsors, I'm more confident that climate change will sell itself as a non-negotiable items that must be dealt with. The Europeans are way ahead of us there with Greta Lundberg and the kids mass activism. When the assortment of climate related extremes keep growing in the next few years, the pitchforks and torches will follow everywhere.

Medicare For All is something the establishment can try to veto for a long time. Creating a cooperative Congress is our biggest challenge.

Our opponents in the corporate health insurance industry can offer Congress people something we can't…… Personal wealth. The only thing we can counter with is votes.

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Why Medicare for all is a horrible idea and Alternatives for Universal Coverage

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I fully support universal public healthcare, but don't get me wrong, Medicare's fee for service arrangement is a disaster that is one of the reasons our costs are so high. It is horrible on controlling price and is not an efficient way to run universal healthcare compared to other system.

I think instead we should fully adopt something like the French system. This is a mixed public/private system that is somewhat similar to Obamacare. The bigger difference in my opinion is that it uses more price controls. This would be very easy to implement coming from the existing private US system compared to something like the UK's fully nationalized model.

France has a way more affordable and efficient healthcare system that people in that country like way more than medicare or medicaid. I think this fixation on "Medicare for all" stems more from a lack of imagination on what kind of public health systems are possible.

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Can Bernie get independent economics academics to endorse or review his medicare for all plan?

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There is already an onslaught of how Bernie's policies do not make sense economically and will bankrupt the country. And I imagine that will only become stronger as we draw closer to the elections. The criticism is also coming from both sides, Republican and Democrat, and will likely be a talking point in the democratic primary, there will definitely be a roundabout of whose medicare for all plan is better. My point is that basically everyone except people with PhD in economics, and even then likely only those who are in health economics and respective relevant fields, can truly fully grasp the economic meaning of the policy. For the rest of us it is only sound bites and she said this he said that. Because of this the attacks are likely to be very effective. Therefore, I think, Bernie should preemptively try to get more leading economists on his side. Then he can rebut the incoming criticism by saying that 9 out of 10 leading economists endorse his medicare for all plan(colgate commercial anyone?). What do you guys think?

(The colgate thing is obviously a joke)

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Bernie: “Sign my petition and tell Congress that you support health care as a right for every man, woman and child in the United States — and that you are more committed than ever to fight for, and to win, Medicare for All.”

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In 2009, I introduced my single-payer health care bill and couldn’t get a single Senate colleague to co-sponsor the legislation.

I remember it well.

Most in the political establishment and the corporate media ignored the idea. Those who didn’t dismissed it as “radical” or “fringe.” One McClatchy poll found only 22 percent of Americans supported the bill.

Times have changed…

In the last Congress, our Medicare for All bill had 16 co-sponsors in the Senate. It is a mainstream Democratic position supported by more than 70 percent of Americans, including a majority of Republicans.

The dramatic transformation in public opinion on this issue did not happen by accident.

It happened because of the doors knocked and phone calls made by supporters of our political revolution. It happened because doctors and nurses and ordinary citizens stood up and demanded an end to our current dysfunctional health care system. It happened because of the donations made and people sharing our message on social media as we educated the public.

With hundreds of billions in profits at stake, the insurance companies, drug companies and others have already announced that they will spend huge amounts of money to protect their interests as they try to defeat our efforts.

Let me be very clear about one important fact. Despite the disaster of the Trump presidency, on issue after issue our progressive ideas are winning. And that is happening because we are standing up and fighting back.

Now is not the time to let up. It is time to increase the pressure.

Sign my petition and tell Congress that you support health care as a right for every man, woman and child in the United States — and that you are more committed than ever to fight for, and to win, Medicare for All.

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My name is Joshua Collins. I’m a Democratic Socialist truck driver. I’m 25. And I’m running for Congress against a Corporate Democrat who opposes Medicare for All. AMA!

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I'm running in Washington's 10th Congressional District against Dennis Heck. Heck opposes Medicare for All, which is one of my most important policy goals. He takes money from the healthcare industry, big pharma, the insurance companies, the banks, & the military industrial complex, and his policies/voting records reflect that. Washington is a free for all, best of 2 primary so if I come in second in the Primary, it would be Democrat vs Democrat in the General election.

Here's a basic list of some of my policy ideas. Not everything is totally decided, but this is my compromise between ideal and realistic for a Political Revolution. It's radical compared to most politicians today, but radical is necessary to turn this ship around. We are headed down a dark path that doesn't end well for most of our people. This will be changed, expanded on, and improved as I go along. I haven't formed a policy on every issue, but feel free to ask questions to see how progressive or socialisty I am on issues that matter to you. I'll answer any serious question and I'll do any interview with independent journalists. You can also reach me for questions on Twitter @joshua_4_wa https://twitter.com/Joshua_4_WA?s=09 or Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Joshua4Congress2020/ I'm on Instagram as @joshua_lee_collins Sign up to for campaign updates at https://www.crowdpac.com/d/volunteersftw Donate if you can at https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/388448/joshua-collins

Here's the list

-at least a $ 20 minimum wage by 2030. continuous increase tied to inflation.

-Make overtime pay kick in at 35 hours per week instead of 40.

-Green New Deal with workers as a PRIORITY, not an afterthought. ~Nationalize energy production in the US, manufacture & export green energy. All wealth generated is used to fill retiremen fund, and used to fund paid family and Medical leave for ALL. Similar to Oil Pension fund in Norway

-Federal Jobs Guarantee. All jobs at least 5% above minimum wage.

-Free College, Trade School, & Job Certification courses for all Americans of ANY age, prioritizing the implementation for in-demand fields like Medical and Green Energy to meet the demands of the Green New Deal and Medicare for All allowing more people to finally get the healthcare they need.

-100% Federal income tax break for all households under $ 80k/year for 2 years to bail out the working class.

-Tax the rich at least as high as FDR & Eisenhower. Tax billionaires out of existence.

-Massive annually increasing tax penalty for companies that don't produce anything in America with American residents, similar to what they did to us with the healthcare mandate. This is to prevent outsourcing and encourage job creation in the U.S.

-Double military salary, bring all troops home from the Middle East and put them under the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.

• End ALL foreign intervention and regime change efforts.

-Nationalize weapons manufacturing, bombs should be for actual defense, and they should not be a for-profit industry that lobbies and bribes politicians.

-National Improved Medicare for All. Abolish for-profit health insurance.

-Reduce mass shootings with thorough Federal background checks and free mental healthcare for all.

-Ban private prisons. Require all prisons to provide college & trade school, ban private job discrimination for nonviolent criminals, still guarantee Federal job to all ex-cons.

-Police reforms, bias training, de-escalation training, demilitarization, non-lethal force emphasis etc

-No subsidies for large businesses, only tax incentives for SMALL businesses that pay their workers well

-Fix K-12 so kids can start college or trade school at 16 if they'd like.

-Federally funded program to end homelessness, including for the 40k+ military veterans. Repeal the Faircloth amendment, which prevents the HUD from building new public housing.

-U.S. gov can only buy from Union & Worker-owned American businesses

-Ban corporate and foreign lobbyists.

-Publicly Financed Elections and ranked choice voting, automatic voter registration

-Firmly establish women's rights to control their own bodies.

-Pathway to citizenship, no money wasted on the wall, decriminalize drugs and put pressure on countries south of our border to also decriminalize drugs to destroy the financial power of the drug cartels.

Oh, and I got to the top of this subreddit before because I was retweeted by AOC twice right after she did the Sunrise Movement protest outside Pelosi's office, so I guess you could say we're pretty tight. (/s)

A bit about me. I grew up poor with my abusive dad & stepmom in a small town in Kansas. I had 8 siblings in 2 homes. My childhood home was literally condemned and demolished shortly after my mom got custody of me at 14. I was going to go in the military at 19 to pay for college, but a car accident with a drunk driver took that off the table. At 21, I lost my job because I took time off to visit my dying grandmother. Couldn't find a new job that would afford me to cover my rent and tuition, so I dropped out of college and became a truck driver to avoid homelessness at 21.

Now I own and operate my truck with my wife, who also drives. In September, I moved out of my apartment in Olympia, Washington and put all my stuff in storage so I can save more money to afford the months of time I'll be taking off during the campaign season. My wife and I live in our truck and travel the country with our Husky. We do a lot of tourism and hiking. And I meet irl with activists & politicians who I've met online. I do frequent town hall style Facebook live streams and IG live streams. I give out my personal phone number and I do my best to be accessible and talk directly to supporters.

I love class warfare because there are more of us than there are of them. If you are thinking about running for office to fight back against the oppression of our oligarchical rulers, I encourage you to run. We're like baby sea turtles. If there are enough of us, some of us will inevitably make it to the water and grow into giant sea turtles. ☮️

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