Healthcare Reform

NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE

No issue is more important to the economy of The United States. America pays more per capita than any country for Healthcare, yet tens of millions of our citizens are without Health Insurance because they cannot afford it and go without adequate Medical Care. Millions more Americans who can afford Health Insurance are incapable of buying any Medical Insurance because they are denied by every company because of pre-existing conditions. The United States ranks near or at the bottom of all civilized nations in every category, from Infant Mortality Rate to Length of Life.

The #1 reason that people (with Health Insurance) file Bankruptcy is for Medical Reasons, and often they lose their homes in the process. Every civilized nation has a form of National Health Insurance or Single-Payer Healthcare. In addition, our economy is weakened because Health Care costs that companies provide their workers in America is a major reason why we cannot compete with other civilized countries economically.

Theodore Roosevelt, a Progressive proposed Universal Health Care in 1904. It is now 105 years later. Isn’t it about time that affordable health care is available to every American as a right, not a privilege of wealth.

The great myth perpetrated on the public (by the corporations and Health Care Industry), is that you will have to be put on a waiting list to receive healthcare. That is simply not true. Under a National Single Payer Health Insurance program (which is what Medicare, and Medicaid are) all Americans will get the care they need and deserve immediately. If there is a wait time, it is no longer than you wait to see a doctor now with Health Care Insurance.

We have suffered through 40 years of being told that a National Health / Single-Payer Insurance is “socialized medicine.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Veterans Administration is a “socialized system” in which the government owns the facilities, hires the staffs, and foots the bill. The Single-Payer System that is now proposed in Congress (HR676) is simply a “choice” for Americans, and retains all private market competition.

Contrary to what we are told continuously about cost, a National Health Insurance program would save our Country billions of dollars each year. A Single Payer Health Care System will eliminate 30% of the cost of Healthcare that are administrative costs, and much more that are obscene profits of healthcare executives that profit off denying care to those they cover. In 2005, the CEO of the U.S.’s Largest Health Insurer, “United Health Group,” was paid $122.7 Million, the 3rd highest paid CEO in the country.

Policy experts, Physicians, and 60% of the people in the United States support Single Payer Healthcare which is truly the only way to reform our Healthcare System, and guarantee access to medical care for all.

Three important points that any Universal or National Health Care plan must have:
1) That it meet the needs of everyone
2) That it be free at the point of delivery
3) That it be based on need, not the ability to pay

(This article was written and published by Scott Satalino in August of 2009 as President Barack Obama and Democrats were debating how to move forward with Healthcare reform.)


Centrists v. Progressives in North Carolina

          "If Democrats think they can beat Trump by being pragmatic and scared rather than visionary, revolutionary, and bold, they better remember that a lie will beat a half truth every time." -Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Now that Bernie Sanders is the clear front runner in the Democratic Party nominating process, having won the popular vote in the first three contests, taken the overall Delegate lead, and having won a decisive victory in Nevada in nearly every key demographic, the corporate MSM and party insiders are throwing around the idea that Bernie, a true progressive, and self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, cannot beat President Donald Trump in November, and that not only will he lose, he will bring about heavy losses for Democrats on down-ballot races across the country.

Polling last week by Emerson College suggests that Donald Trump beats every Democrat in the race except Bernie, and a local North Carolina poll by WRAL shows Sanders, Biden and Bloomberg as the only candidates who beat Trump in North Carolina.

When discussing down-ballot races, and specifically in North Carolina, a key Senate seat held by Senator Thom Tillis (R) is up for grabs. Should he win his own primary, centrists in the Tar Heel state are saying that Sanders at the top of the ticket will help re-elect Senator Tillis. This idea has no factual basis, but let’s examine the issue more closely.

In 2014, centrist Kay Hagan (D) lost the NC U S Senate race to Tillis. Hagan’s motto was, “not too far left, not too far right, just right for North Carolina.” Voters here didn’t think so.

In 2016, centrist Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) was at the top of the ticket and not only lost to Donald Trump (R) by 4 points, centrist Deborah Ross (D) also lost to incumbent Senator Richard Burr (R) by 6 points. No down-ballot victories for federal office were had by any Democrat in 2016 except the three U S House incumbent Democrats, David Price (NC-O4), Alma Adams (NC-12), and C. K. Butterfield (NC-01).

The March 3rd primary for U S Senate in North Carolina this year has 2 candidates who polls suggest would both beat Senator Tillis (one of the least popular Senators in the country) in a general election. Cal Cunningham is claiming he is the ‘progressive’ in the race, though his policy ideas are exactly what a centrist is, not a progressive. Cal has the support of the entire centrist Democrat establishment behind him. His main challenger is NC State Senator Erica Smith, who is an actual progressive, and is someone who backs Bernie Sanders policies, Medicare For All, and the Green New Deal, among others.

Of the two candidates, some polls suggest that it is the real progressive in this race, Erica Smith, that beats Senator Tillis by a larger margin. And no matter who wins NC Democratic U S Senate race, Voter turnout will be key to defeating Thom Tillis. Bernie Sanders is making that turnout higher so far, and it could reach or beat the level of turnout Barack Obama enjoyed in 2008, as both Obama in 2008, and Bernie in 2020 have outperformed their own poll numbers.

Centrist Democrat Cal Cunningham also ran for the NC U S Senate seat in 2010, only to lose to the eventual Democratic Party nominee, centrist Democrat and current North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who in turn lost to Senator Richard Burr, in the general election by 12 points.

On the U S House side, two centrist Democrats lost special elections to Republicans that were held less than 6 months ago in North Carolina in 2019.

While there is no proof that a genuine progressive and self-proclaimed Democratic-Socialist Bernie Sanders on the top of the Democratic Party ticket in November 2020 would harm Democrats in down-ballot races, recent history shows an abundance of proof that centrist Democrats cannot defeat their rival Republicans here in North Carolina even with a centrist candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton on the top of the ticket (in both 2010, and 2014, centrist Democratic President Barack Obama was not on the ballot, but his record was).

The Republican National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina in August of this year. In all likelihood, Trump and the NCGOP will see significant turnout in November here for their GOP candidates, just as they did in 2016.

In order for Democrats to defeat not only Trump, but their opponents in down-ballot races, Democratic turnout must be higher than in the past. Thus far, Bernie Sanders has won two contests, New Hampshire and Nevada where turnout was higher in both states than in 2016. Here are the demographics Sanders just won in Nevada: Men, Women, Whites, Non-Whites, Voters aged 17-29, 30-44, and 45-65, Liberal Democrats, Moderate Democrats, College Educated, and Non-College Educated. 

 

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Bernie Sanders Is Not A Socialist

Bernie Sanders is not a Socialist. In the Democratic Debates however, he is nearly alone on the stage, as the only person who is and always has been from what Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN), leader of the Progressive Wing of the National Democratic Party, & member of the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party called, "the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party." 

Bernie Sanders is not a Socialist. Bernie is what historian and author Paul Street writes is a "New Deal Social Progressive."

Berne Sanders is not a Socialist. Bernie leads all national polls out today, most by double-digits, as nearly every state poll.

Bernie Sanders is not a Socialist. Bernie has already won the popular vote in the first three states and is poised to be win more votes and delegates than any other candidate in the next few weeks, that polls and pols suggest he may have an insurmountable lead (with California on Super Tuesday this year along with North Carolina and others), at that point, with more than 1/3 of the 2020 Delegates allocated.

Bernie Sanders is not a Socialist, Bernie has a 50 State Strategy of the most diverse coalition of Americans ever assembled. He has a Revolution of people with unique American Values across this American land.

Bernie Sanders is not a Socialist. Bernie is the only candidate in the Democratic Party nominating process who truly speaks for the poor, low income workers, and the ever-shrinking middle class.

Bernie Sanders is not a Socialist. Bernie is the actual existence of what Senator Wellstone, who earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, envisioned and called into existence 2 decades ago, the 'Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.'


Bernie Sanders And The Black Vote

Bernie Sanders won Nevada tonight with the most diverse multi-racial coalition of voters and large margins of victor in nearly every demographic.

Bernie Sanders policy proposals are the same as the NC NAACP HKonJ 14 Point Progressive Agenda. HKonJ (Historic Thousands on Jones Street) protested the policy of the NC Democratic Party control on Jones Street (since 2007), long before Republicans took over the legislature in Raleigh, NC. 2012.

Bernie Sanders proposals are the same as the 2020 Poor Peoples Campaign led by Goldsboro, NC Evangelical Pastor Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. This national organization has a presence in every state, and a Moral March on Washington, D.C. coming on June 20, 2020.

Bernie Sanders proposals are the same as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision in 1968 of a Poor Peoples Campaign. "True compassion is more than flipping a coin to a beggar. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation," King said.

Corporate MSM sanitizes and celebrate the gentle Dr. King. Dr. King's enemies were not those who jailed him, beat him, starved him, hosed him, loosed dogs on him, isolated him, stabbed him, shot him, and murdered him. King was progressive. His true enemy was the moderate liberal.

Bernie Sanders proposes a platform of Economic Justice, Social Justice, Racial Justice, and Environmental Justice that mirrors the policies fought for by the NAACP, the Poor Peoples Campaign and Dr. King.


Like Every Other Day

Today was the first day of the U. S. Senate Impeachment Trial Hoax. Every other day will continue in absurdity like this as long as money is speech, corporations are people, and billions of dollars are spent to buy a corrupt system of government.


If you missed it, here's how it went.


Democrat House Managers: On Article I - Abuse of Power and Article II - Obstruction of Congress - Here is the who, what, why, when, where, how, and how much that proves Donald John Trump is guilty.


Donald John Trump: "I did nothing wrong. It was a perfect call."


Democrat House Managers: Can we question and verify your alibi with the documents you are concealing? With testimony from Mick Mulvaney, John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, and Rudy Giuliani? Can we do that?


Senate GOP, and Donald John Trump's WH Lawyers: NO


Democrat House Managers: You have proved our case.

 


MSNBC Pitches Biden

MSNBC Pitches Joe Biden, Then Ignores Poor and Low-Income Voters

Yesterday, MSNBC pitched Joe Biden while largely ignoring the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) as they held a Moral Action Congress forum in Washington, D.C. with 8 Democratic Party presidential candidates running in 2020. The forum was hosted by MSNBC’s own Joy Reid, and the candidates were questioned by Rev. Dr. William Barber and the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharris, as well as low-income voters from across the country. It was livestreamed from 1pm – 7:30pm. Participating and answering questions were Joe Biden, Andrew Yang, Marianne Williamson, Elizabeth Warren, Eric Swalwell, Wayne Messam, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris.

At the outset, Rev. Barber noted that none of the 2016 presidential debates had any questions related to poverty, voter suppression or voting rights in America. Barber stressed the point that there are ‘less voting rights today than 50 years ago.’ He asked each candidate if they would commit to a televised debate on the relationship between poverty, systemic racism, ecological devastation, the war economy, and Christian Nationalism. All 8 said they would.

Here is a timeline of what I noticed monitoring MSNBC for the day, while watching the Moral Action Congress forum:

1:45pm – 1:54pm MSNBC aired 10 minutes of Joe Biden speaking at the forum.
2:12pm MSNBC had commentary about Joe Biden’s words after he finished.
2:30pm With no other coverage of the forum, MSNBC aired polls favorable to Joe Biden (a poll that also included Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren) with a ‘Republican’ commenting on Sanders and Warren. 
2:35pm While the PPC forum was live and Andrew Yang spoke, MSNBC still had no other coverage of it, but they did pitch a future townhall event on their network unrelated to the forum.
3:38pm Still no other coverage of the forum, but more polls aired that were favorable to Joe Biden.
5:06pm Still no other coverage, but more polls favorable to Joe Biden. At this point, Williamson, Warren, and Swalwell had spoken in addition to Biden and Yang.
5:12pm MSNBC airs a report from the forum, and talks about Donald Trump’s reelection efforts, yet still no other report of any of the 4 hours of questions and commentary by Rev. Barber, Rev. Theoharris, or the many poor and low-income voters, or any of the 4 candidates who had spoken to this point and answered questions about poverty in America, other than Biden. 
7:35pm The forum ended after Messam, Sanders, and Harris had spoken and answered questions on poverty in America (there are over 140 million poor and low-income people in America), and MSNBC aired none of it other than the Biden coverage.

All 8 candidates gave enthusiastic and detailed responses, some with specific policy changes they would call for to combat poverty in America. Mostly all mentioned issues that America has had in place for generations, that have fostered mass inequality, poverty, systemic racism, and voter suppression. Bernie Sanders stated, “there will never be any real change in this country, unless there is a political revolution,” and called for all to “stand together and fight.”

As MSNBC promotes their Decision 2020 primary election coverage, it is clear they are seeking a repeat of the 2016 campaign when the DNC actively colluded against Bernie Sanders and any real change or reform in American politics or policy, while giving large chunks of airtime to discussing Donald Trump, and Joe Biden (in 2016 that time was given to Hillary Clinton), while the 140 million (+) poor and low-income voters are ignored again.

It is easy to see why journalist, historian, author, and political commentator Paul Street calls the network MSDNC.


NC Educators Rally and March

On Wednesday May 1, 2019 the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) held a Day of Action in Raleigh, NC.

Educators, school personnel, bus drivers, custodians, students, parents, citizens and supporters of Public Education came from across the state to NCAE HQ in downtown Raleigh this morning for a pre-rally and march. They gathered at 8:30am and began marching at 10:30am, up Fayetteville Street, past the State Capitol and Legislative Building to the Halifax Mall where the rally was held. 34 School Districts and 6 Charter Schools closed for the day, and the crowd was expected to be 20,000.

NCAE President Mark Jewell took the stage just after 12:30pm and reiterated the group's five priorities for this year's rally:

1) Provide enough school librarians, psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, and other health professionals to meet national professional-to-student standards.
2) Provide a $15 minimum wage for all school personnel, a 5 percent raise for all ESPs (non-certified staff), teachers, administrators, and a 5 percent cost-of-living adjustment for retirees.
3) Expand Medicaid.
4) Reinstate state retiree health benefits eliminated by the General Assembly in 2017.
5) Restore advanced degree compensation stripped by the General Assembly in 2013.

Also speaking at the rally today outside the Legislative Building were NCAE Vice President Kristy Moore, NC Governor Roy Cooper, Rev. William Barber, in addition to a Teacher, Teacher Assistant, School Counselor, and the daughter of two retired School workers.

Around 2pm the rally ended, and Educators and advocates for Public Education went into the Legislative Building to meet with their Legislators.



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