WP: ‘We’ve done a lot more than you would think’: How the health-insurance industry is working to pull Democrats away from Medicare-for-all

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Not at all surprising.

The remarks come amid a broader push from the health insurance industry to prevent legislation to enact Medicare-for-all from getting off the ground, including by trying to direct Democrats toward more centrist efforts and reject plans that would effectively legislate many of the companies out of existence. Wary of bringing unwanted political controversy to their companies, some private health-care firms have in part relied on advocacy groups and lobbyists in their fight against Medicare-for-all — joining the push without leaving too many company-specific fingerprints.

So, a stealth campaign relying on high-priced lobbyists handing out bribes to "direct Democrats" away from M4A. This represents third-world levels of corruption. AOC is right: We need to primary these people.

On Capitol Hill, meanwhile, about half a dozen representatives of lobbying firms said they had pushed for meetings with Democrats over single-payer and other proposed government expansions of health care. Lobbyists with the National Association of Health Underwriters, which represents health insurance agents and brokers, recently delivered a list of talking points critical of Medicare-for-all to Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.). It included the argument that single-payer “would be prohibitively expensive” and “reduce the standards of quality and access Americans currently enjoy in their health care.”

I think Sanders and others have been deploying well-honed counterarguments to these tired and unimaginative attacks we have been hearing from the industry since the late 1940s.

“When the people begin organizing against private insurance, the lonely insurance executives turn to their only friends: the elected officials beholden to their cash,” said Tim Faust, an activist for single-payer health care.

Go, Tim!

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I don’t think its right that Julian Assange is being extradited to U.S.

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when (a) he's not a U.S. citizen, (b) he didn't operate in U.S. and didn't step foot there, and (c) for revealing the truth.

Ok let's backtrace a little bit. He released U.S. war crime sensitive info., and corruption in administration. A lot of people used to like him but Democrats turned on him because he leaked vital sensitive corruption in the DNC during elections. They say "he also had GOP dirt but he never released him because he's a Russian puppet!" but there is absolutely NO evidence of that anywhere. But us Bernie supporters know 100% that DNC is corrupt and rotten to the core. The guy just released the truth…why should you be arrested for that? That means all journalists should be arrested whenever they release news you don't like. The moment he did that, establishment-backed media turned on him and labeled him as working with Russians. I also think the whole Russia witchhunt is overblown and exaggerated and is a smokescreen used to distract the mass – the Russia story came out around the same exact time when info. about how DNC rigged our 2016 primaries was coming out…I don't think the timing is coincidence. MSM doing its job to be misleading as fuck.

To make matters worse, he's an Australian, not a U.S. citizen. There are things such as state sovereignty and boundaries. He never operated in U.S., he was living in Sweden at the time. That's like saying a U.S. journalist who reports the bad things Nazi Germany did in WW2 can be hunted down by German government and brought to trial there. Why should you be arrested for telling the truth by a foreign government? Establishment is basically saying, you bad-mouth us, we will come after you. And then you have Hillary and the other corporate dems celebrating that "Assange is our property" and happy that they've ruined a good man's life. Hillary's camp is using him as a scapegoat for her loss – when in reality, she lost because she's unpopular, has a ton of baggage, and is corrupt.

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When do you think Bernie will start holding rallies in Eastern Pennsylvania this cycle?

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In 2016 I only went to one Bernie rally in April before the primary but this time I wanna go to as many as I can in 2019 and 2020 but I wanna prepare for when he comes so I’m wondering when did he start visiting PA in 2015?

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Hey guys I think we need to modify Rule 3 especially with what has been going on in the last few days regarding Lucy Flores.

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I hope this doesn’t break the rules but ever since Lucy Flores has come out in public regarding inappropriate behavioral with Joe Biden I am starting to see media types flipping the blame as being a plant sent by Bernie Sanders and this. In fact it’s not just limited to him it’s happening to Our Revolution where if you read the replies they’re overwhelmingly disingenuous blaming the organization for conspiring a ‘hit job.’ This is really problematic and it is something that we all need to talk about whether in a thread or discussion since this is something that will damage our movement. I understand having this subreddit only focus on progressive issues and policies but I think this is becoming really concerning.

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