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Weaknesses of S1804, The Senate Medicare for All Act (exerpts + link to full article)

February 21, 2019
Since Sanders declared his 2020 presidential candidacy & some #SinglePayer activists are hyping Sanders for president it’s important for #SinglePayer activists to know what’s in S1804 so that we can make sure it is improved to match the pre-Jayapal HR676 since the lives of 10s of 1000s of patients literally depend on enacting the pre-Jayapal HR676 bill.
“These are the major provisions Senator Sanders needs to change in his ‘Medicare For All’ bill to make it truly what its name implies…
S-1804 is not a true “universal single-payer system” even after its prolonged 4-year rollout…
Because 84% of the savings generated by switching to a true single-payer system is due to the elimination of all but ONE payer, S-1804 will NOT generate the huge savings of a true single-payer system, and in the first 4 years will likely cost even MORE than now because it leaves in place, the biggest reason for the high cost… for-profit health insurance…
Even if it makes it to full implementation after 4 yrs, S-1804 will continue to miss out on the majority of the savings of an [old, pre-Jayapal] HR-676 model of single-payer…
S-1804 leaves all Long-Term Care under State-administered Medicaid…
Unlike [the old, pre-Jayapal] HR 676, S-1804 allows provider facilities to be for-profit…
S-1804 page 47, states ‘Any payment reform activities or demonstrations planned or implemented with respect to such title XVIII as of the date of the enactment of this Act shall apply to benefits under this Act, including any reform activities or demonstrations planned or implemented under the provisions of, or amendments made by, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015’…”

Kamala Harris is a willing tool of the prison industrial racket, a Zionist, etc.

February 21, 2019

“[Harris] served as the district attorney of San Francisco and later as attorney general of California. In both roles she did everything in her power to support the mass incarceration system and all of its foundations.” https://blackagendareport.com/freedom-rider-kamala-harris-destroyed-black-lives

The U.S. is a Political Prison, Kamala Harris is a Prison Guard https://blackagendareport.com/us-political-prison-kamala-harris-prison-guard?fbclid=IwAR17ApuyIdEpb8h0GpGDM_4-U2QOSG_pNqkM33D_3ooJDQWUfMxa4iWCrYM

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/08/kamala-harris-trump-obama-california-attorney-general

https://mondoweiss.net/2018/03/israel-desert-helped/

https://theintercept.com/2017/01/05/kamala-harris-fails-to-explain-why-she-didnt-prosecute-steven-mnuchins-bank/

“…a Harris adviser on Tuesday signaled that the candidate would also be open to the more moderate health reform plans, which would preserve the industry, being floated by other congressional Democrats. It represents a compromise position that risks angering “Medicare-for-all” proponents, who view eliminating private health insurance as key to enacting their comprehensive reform.” https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/29/politics/kamala-harris-medicare-for-all-eliminate-private-insurers-backlash/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2buY3-JwkZxA_2-MMhOLkq3HLRoGyj1fj10raYh8Zy0QDOIaDRQ3pAxCI

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/01/kamala-harris-touts-her-opposition-to-the-death-penalty-her-track-records-more-complicated/?fbclid=IwAR3HLsQIMvANzu0DGRKLrfjdjbbGFMnyv1lshoGJUcXn3av5Uyz1DlUEoBE

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article22451643.html?fbclid=IwAR1CtAXENQygw-xYG0oF_U5F34b5ERIMzt12VR7JCp7IPFQogAT4NVTkonQ

“Harris laughs about sending her office’s homicide and gang prosecutors into San Francisco schools to meet with parents and administrators who were discussing truant students.”  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kamala-harris-truancy-initiative_us_5c50b08ee4b0f43e410bcbc4?fbclid=IwAR0Qt2lmdHCEhlH4foSTVrvg5isqibaVTXPRb_9TvjOeZxHLde5INkRybPA

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/31/kamala-harris-and-the-myth-of-a-progressive-cop/?campaign=homepage-podcast-deconstructed&fbclid=IwAR2DjgikqePr2pyXzPTtWFd40MQza7CZ3fvWjXA5-YVzt_sn0-KLsIrrUs8
https://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-lying-prosecutors-20150201-story.html
” The California Democrats running for U.S. Senate delved Wednesday into their records on for-profit colleges, with Loretta Sanchez continuing to tie Attorney General Kamala Harris to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and the businessman’s defunct Trump University.
Harris’ camp dismissed the links to Trump as a political smear and pointed to the state’s leadership in targeting for-profit schools that prey on students who rely heavily on federal student aid.
Harris and Sanchez are Hillary Clinton supporters and have been outspoken about their distaste for Trump. But Sanchez, a congresswoman from Orange County in recent days has repeatedly highlighted Trump’s contributions to Harris in 2011 and 2013, suggesting a connection between the donations and the state’s failure to bring charges against Trump University, a for-profit seminar program mostly shuttered in 2011.
The Sanchez campaign, trailing in polls and fundraising, is drawing a direct parallel between Harris and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Trump surrogate who critics charge was swayed against joining an investigation into Trump University after receiving money from Trump’s nonprofit foundation. “

District Attorney Kamala Harris is going too far in protecting Catholic pedophiles.

https://archives.sfweekly.com/sanfrancisco/a-secrecy-fetish/Content?oid=2177326&fbclid=IwAR1GpOleb9pjGlRaF0AfivWgbdz1PoO_tlZVRxQKpyojuE1KFqLG7Bj64qQ

Kamala Harris told AIPAC she backs Israel because of civil rights struggle in Selma, 1965 (!)

https://mondoweiss.net/2019/02/harris-because-struggle/?fbclid=IwAR3rJYjuB3orl9bIwLzr75X2DI97x7hKc-kX1beHJEKKWspK7gHIpYwkbus

NY State Residents, tell Albany: Do NOT enact NY Health Act as it may PREVENT enacting single-payer!

February 20, 2019
NY State residents! The NY state legislature will once again, starting as early as January 2019, consider enacting legislation that would establish the New York Health program (Assembly Bill A.5248, State Senate Bill S.3577), incorrectly referred to as a single-payer health coverage plan.
It is actually not possible to enact single payer at the state level for reasons that are listed in part below, and a state-by-state approach to establish single-payer in the U.S. will not result in and may even prevent the absolutely necessary enactment of a federal National Improved #MedicareForAll (NIMA) program.
The state assembly passed this bill four years in a row and the bill failed to pass in the state senate in each of those years, but a majority of the newly-elected state senators are on record in support of the bill, which means that, starting in 2019, this bill has a better chance to become law than ever before, so we *all* have to act NOW to stop its enactment!
Contact your state assembly rep, state senator, and Gov. Cuomo, even if you’re not registered to vote (and if you don’t know who your state assembly rep and state senator are you can find out at https://www.nyassembly.gov/mem/search/ for your state assembly rep and https://www.nysenate.gov/registration/nojs/form/start/find-my-senator for your state senator. You can contact Gov. Cuomo at https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form) and tell them NOT to vote for or sign the New York Health act into law. You can use the sample letter below as a template or as a reference if calling lawmakers and/or Gov. Cuomo but make sure, if writing to office holders, to include the web address link near the bottom of the letter if you’re including *any* of the parts of the letter that are in *quotes*:
I am contacting [your state assembly rep, state senator, Gov. Cuomo] to strongly urge that s/he does NOT vote for or sign into law legislation (Assembly Bill A.5248, State Senate Bill S.3577) that would establish the New York Health program (which is incorrectly referred to as a single-payer health coverage plan) because, as explained below, it is actually not possible to enact single payer at the state level and that a state-by-state approach to establish single-payer in the U.S. will not result in and may even prevent the absolutely necessary enactment of a federal National Improved Medicare for All (NIMA).
Single-payer will only work at the federal level. Enacting “single-payer” at the state level creates the following problems:
“If a state were able to pass a [“single-payer”] bill outlining a path toward a universal healthcare system and to be granted a federal waiver from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which are major feats, the state would still face significant barriers, some of which make it impossible to create a pure single payer program… A state would have to succeed in obtaining multiple waivers from the federal government and changes to federal laws to enact a state-based program. One federal law, the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), which prohibits states from regulating employee benefits, is a major obstacle. States also face the hurdle of being required to balance their budgets, a barrier that doesn’t exist at the national level…
Barriers to state single payer:
1. Federal health plans…
2. Medicaid…
3. Employer Health Plans – [Specfically the protection of their benefits] under a federal law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)…
For many decades, states have introduced and passed laws aimed at achieving universal health care coverage. None has yet succeeded in being universal or sustainable,…It is not possible to achieve a pure single payer system at the state level and so states forego the significant savings of a single payer system…
Given that states are not able to achieve pure single payer systems, states take a risk when they label themselves single payer or Medicare for All. While it is understandable that these terms are popular and that most advocates for health reform support single payer, and so are inspired to work for it, it is misleading and could harm national efforts…
what would happen if a state succeeded in passing a health law? First, it would take a tremendous effort focused on influencing state, not national, legislators to pass it. Second, that level of state-based pressure would have to be maintained to implement the law. And third, a state campaign would be so focused on these efforts that it would have little time or resources to advocate for change at the national level. Their national fight would be aimed at applying for waivers and winning changes to the Medicare law and ERISA.
Imagine if a highly-populated progressive state such as California or New York were to drop out of the national effort for NIMA to focus on their state. This would be a huge loss. Dr. Woolhandler reminds us, ‘Living in New York or Massachusetts doesn’t lessen our sense of responsibility for millions in the Deep South and other ‘red state’ areas for whom national legislation is the only realistic option for health care progress.'”
It is for these and numerous other reasons that I am again strongly urging (your state assembly rep, state senator, Gov. Cuomo) to NOT vote for or sign into law The New York Health Act. Thank you.
Your Name
Your Street Address
_________, NY Zip Code

Sanders’ Corporate War Criminality

February 19, 2019

Sanders may have the best chance to beat trump in 2020 as he had in 2016, but it is absolutely essential for voters to know who he actually is:

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/03/2016-election-defense-military-industry-contractors-donations-money-contributions-presidential-hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-republican-ted-cruz-213783?fbclid=IwAR1qVnyn860cRk5CA3iKWjiQlXe9U5WP4Vg8iwQ73-vwaUVauRnnnc3WG74

Bernie and the Dems Flunk Trump’s Test On Venezuela’s Coup
https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/29/bernie-and-the-dems-flunk-trumps-test-on-venezuelas-coup/?fbclid=IwAR3YAjTi5or9z7S8QM23VgBlSoaNvFcvhJncKQnPBNG0e0njjqY_5XGpM5k

Sanders throws his support behind US propaganda campaign over Venezuela

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/26/sand-f26.html?fbclid=IwAR22yiqHC5H7D6aLoVXrVNzmRnpQ0IcQJZeLfyInS39tmKc2C5nyxQLPgeg

Roger Waters slams Bernie Sanders for calling for aid to be allowed into Venezuela

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/roger-waters-slams-bernie-sanders-for-calling-for-aid-to-be-allowed-into-venezuela-1.6961873

Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Legitimize Regime Change in Venezuela

https://www.leftvoice.org/bernie-sanders-ocasio-cortez-legitimize-regime-change-in-venezuela?fbclid=IwAR22C8dTgpYYWNDkLjLHt7DxDy5L2jJzGuzeUjpk1uHDe0SV3exForejTSg

 

SANDERS SAYS U.S. CAN’T HAVE ‘OPEN BORDERS’ BECAUSE POOR PEOPLE WILL COME ‘FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD’

Sanders SUPPORTED the Israeli regime’s
genocidal massacre in Gaza in 2014 & therefore OPPOSES Palestine.
http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/resolution-supporting-israel.html

https://www.popularresistance.org/lets-not-be-fooled-by-bernie-sanders/

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/24/why-did-bernie-sanders-get-gaza-so-wrong/

http://www.mintpressnews.com/bernie-sanders-voting-record-antithetical-to-his-purported-anti-war-stance/208066/

“Sanders supported Bill Clinton’s war on Serbia, voted for the 2001 Authorization Unilateral Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF), which pretty much allowed Bush to wage war wherever he wanted, backed Obama’s Libyan debacle and supports an expanded US role in the Syrian Civil War.

More problematic for the Senator in Birkenstocks is the little-known fact that Bernie Sanders himself voted twice in support of regime change in Iraq. In 1998 Sanders voted in favor of the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, which said: ‘It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime.’ Even Hillary belatedly admitted that her Iraq war vote was a mistake. Bernie, however, has never apologized for his two votes endorsing the overthrow of Saddam.”

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/16/blood-traces-bernies-iraq-war-hypocrisy/

http://theantimedia.org/bernie-sanders-elephant-in-the-room/

http://davidswanson.org/node/4912

http://mondoweiss.net/2016/02/did-dodging-foreign-policy-doom-bernie-sanders/

“The Sanders campaign may be an interesting footnote, but it won’t
bring about needed conversation about United States imperialism. The
supposedly socialist senator never even uses that word. There is
blatant dishonesty in claiming to want a changed domestic policy in
the United States without also changing foreign policy. The two are
linked, and American workers can’t have a living wage or health care
as long as imperialism goes unchecked. Liberals can’t claim
superiority to followers of Donald Trump if they consent to war crimes
and human rights violations. Their only requirement seems to be that
Democrats ought to be in charge of the carnage. Sanders wouldn’t be a
very good sheepdog if there weren’t so many willing sheep.”

http://blackagendareport.com/fredom_rider_sanders_foreign_policy

“During the 2004 election, Sanders announced on Vermont Public Television, ‘Not only am I going to vote for John Kerry, I am going to run around this country and do everything I can to dissuade people from voting for Ralph Nader… I am going to do everything I can, while I have differences with John Kerry, to make sure that he is elected.’”

#ImpeachKavanaugh flyer

October 1, 2018

Click on the very short link below (“kav”) to open the #ImpeachKavanaugh flyer:

kav

Tell congress to Impeach trump flyer

August 24, 2018

Click on the (underlined) link below to open the “Tell congress to Impeach trump flyer.”

Tell congress Impeach trump 8.24.18

A mountain river has many bends: an introduction to the Rojava revolution

February 8, 2018

http://tangledwilderness.org/pdfs/amountainriver-web.pdf