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jcitybone

https://jacobinmag.com/2018/12/medicare-for-all-study-peri-sanders/

Medicare for All advocates just received an early holiday present: a new study from the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst finds that single-payer health care will save the US $5.1 trillion over a decade while drastically cutting working-class Americans’ health spending. It’s the most robust, comprehensive study yet produced on Medicare for All, which has long been in need of easily citable research.

The study analyzes Sen. Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All Act from top to bottom, elaborating on several key aspects of the bill, including what the transition to a fully public, comprehensive, free-at-the-point-of-use health care system might look like and what impact the program will have on US residents. Most significantly, it answers the most common question single-payer advocates face: “How will we pay for it?”

The findings are impressively thorough. Reaching nearly two hundred pages in length, the report has been praised by health policy experts for its sound methods and clarity. Alison Galvani of the Yale School of Public Health predicts it will become recognized as the “seminal analysis” of Medicare for All.

Long plagued by accusations of ambiguity and impracticality, Medicare for All now has credible economic research its advocates can cite to supplement their core arguments: that single-payer health care will be a major working-class victory, that it will save lives, and that it will represent a seismic shift toward a more just, solidaristic society.

humphrey

I think that this is true.

From the article:

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qvqzy7/bernie-sanders-is-almost-definitely-running-for-president

He hasn’t announced his candidacy yet, but the writing’s on the wall.

The 2020 elections are a mere 23 months away, so it’s time for speculation about who will run for president to ramp up to the point of absurdity. Talk of potential candidates was once a whisper, now it’s a steady hum, and soon it will become a shrill, skull-piercing whine that somehow continues to get louder until the actual 2020 primaries.

The US senator from Vermont attended a conference held by the Sanders Institute (co-founded by his wife) over the weekend, and unsurprisingly it was chock full of Sanders backers and advisers drumming up enthusiasm for a run. Meanwhile, a recent New York magazine feature about his possible campaign saw Sanders stop just short of declaring his candidacy: “If there’s somebody else who appears who can, for whatever reason, do a better job than me, I’ll work my ass off to elect him or her,” he told writer Gabriel Debenedetti. “[But] if it turns out that I am the best candidate to beat Donald Trump, then I will probably run.”

jcitybone

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qvqzy7/bernie-sanders-is-almost-definitely-running-for-president?utm_source=reddit.com

The argument that he is the best candidate is pretty obvious. Polls have found him to be among the most popular politicians in the country and the most popular senator in his own state. In an extremely early Democratic primary poll last month, Sanders finished second to Biden, and has a built-in passionate fan base. He’s been a leading voice on Medicare for all—sure to be a major campaign issue—for decades, he’s more focused on climate change than many prominent Democrats, and has recently been laying out a progressive foreign policy vision, a weakness of his 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton. But more important than the issues, arguably, is his personalty, or persona. Like Biden, he seems rougher around the edges than most politicians. And his years on the leftward fringe of the Democratic Party (famously, he’s not technically a Democrat) gives him some outsider credibility that could potentially win back some of those disaffected Midwestern Trump voters who swung the 2016 election to the Republican.

Not that Sanders is a perfect candidate. One potential liability is his age—he’d be 79 in November 2020, making him the oldest elected president ever—though he dismissed those concerns to New York, saying that he was healthy and “I can’t remember the last day—honestly—when I missed work.” There’s also his tendency to say things that might offend a lot of Democrats, like when he told the Daily Beast last month, referring to the midterms, “There are a lot of white folks out there who are not necessarily racist who felt uncomfortable for the first time in their lives about whether or not they wanted to vote for an African-American.”

Sanders later claimed those comments were taken out of context and clarified that he thought racism hurt the gubernatorial campaigns of Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum in Georgia and Florida. But the miniature controversy underscored that even if Sanders might be able to flip some Trump voters, he is probably not the choice of Democratic primary voters who want a woman or a person of color to be the party’s standard-bearer against Trump. After all, would it really be a triumph against Trumpism if the Democrat in the White House were another old white guy? To which a Sanders backer might reply: Well, he’s Jewish!

The 2020 primary will be a chaotic and crowded one, and it may well be that those weaknesses doom Sanders’s candidacy. But this is his only chance to become president, and he’ll have at least as good a shot as anyone else, thanks to the name recognition and goodwill he built up last time around. Those decades in the political wildness now burnish his progressive credentials—he can claim to be the Democrat most committed to Medicare for all, and he can also point to his recent campaign against Amazon as helping push the company’s minimum wage to $15, an example of him flexing his political muscle to help downtrodden workers in the real world. Sanders has never been closer to the White House than he is today. He did surprisingly well against Clinton in 2016, but that was a campaign he started without even intending to win. It stands to reason he could do at least as well if he goes into it as one of several frontrunners, not a lefty spoiler.

polarbear4

Hot rap! :0)

humphrey

humphrey

There has a good cross section of speakers covering the topics. Even a Republican.👍

humphrey

It it going overboard!

First it was the stock market. Now it is the Post Office.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/419563-postal-service-to-suspend-most-deliveries-for-george-hw-bushs

The U.S. Postal Service announced on Monday that it will suspend most of its services on Wednesday to honor the national day of mourning for the late former President, George H.W. Bush.

“Out of respect for the 41st President of the United States and to honor his vast contributions to our country during his lifetime, and consistent with the Presidential Proclamation, the United States Postal Service will suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity on Dec. 5,” USPS said in a statement on its website.

Lets hope that you weren’t expecting something important in the mail.

polarbear4

Read, “We need a break!”

orlbucfan

Wonder if the FRighties will show the same respect for Jimmy Carter when he passes?

magsview

Will it be an unpaid day off for them? I hope not, it wasn’t the employees’ idea to take a day off.

polarbear4

humphrey

Give me a break Neera! Soon you will addressing him as President Sanders.

humphrey

This is for you Neera.

Clintons Face Embarrassingly Empty Arena In 13 Day ‘Give Us Money’ Tour

humphrey

Jeremy Scahill has the answer.✔

humphrey

TheLeftistheCenter

Its pretty much

‘Don’t judge what we serve you just eat it and pretend you like it or would you rather have the shit republicans serve, at least we sprinkle sugar on our shit’

polarbear4

Perfect.

polarbear4

Also if you go to open Seacrets.org you can get it exclamation as to why all this cash from “ individuals” in the industries is problematic. They show how much different primary hopefuls are taking. Bernie at the bottom with 17+ percent, Warren second lowest. I’ll look for the link. It’s in one of Sirota’s tweets.

Neera et al either haven’t read it or are choosing to ignore it.

polarbear4

opensecrets.org.

Explanation not exclamation.

orlbucfan

Neera’s group is among the bribers/”campaign contributors.” Bank on it.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/419564-ocasio-cortez-fighting-climate-change-will-be-the-civil-rights

Critics have blamed the industry and its lobbyists for binding the hands of Republicans in Congress who are either skeptical of the human role in climate change, or else argue moving towards renewable energy is not economically feasible.

Both Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez decried those as false talking points.

“First of all it’s just plain wrong, that idea that we are going to somehow loose economic activity,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

“It’s inevitable that we will create jobs. We can use the transition to 100 percent renewable energy as the vehicle to truly deliver and establish economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America.”

Ocasio-Cortez, an emerging progressive darling who has faced a number of pot-shots from Republicans and right-leaning publications during the transition period, took the opportunity at the town hall to chide her critics.

“It’s an interesting puzzle in how media, especially you know right-ring media, but all media treats me. Because in our journey, I am a working person who won a seat against all odds,” she said.

Sanders, interjected adding: “Can we interrupt this program to make an announcement on your shoes?”

The comment was a jab at Fox News morning TV show “Fox and Friends,” which the day of the federal government’s national climate report’s release opted to focus a segment on the future congresswoman’s shoes.

TheLeftistheCenter

Its hard not to be excited by how far we have come, things looked so dark 4 years ago.

Who would have thought then that in 4 years there would be a live stream watched by millions about climate change put on by the institute founded by Bernie Sanders, who is now the most popular politician in the country and included a new member of congress inspired by a Bernie led revolution for average people to run and shes talking about putting together legislation for a Green New Deal, while we are all anxiously waiting for Bernie to announce his run for presidency?

Its far closer to where my day dreams thought we would be in 4 years than it is to where my rational mind thought we would be, its almost surreal.

polarbear4

True.

orlbucfan

I hope this is the case for all the young folks who comment and/or lurk on here. 🙂

humphrey

REVEALED: How The Establishment Screwed Barbara Lee Out Of Dem Leadership

polarbear4

Dishonest thieves stole her position. TBF those who voted should have verified.

humphrey

SMH This could be trump’s response to climate change.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-03/trump-aide-kudlow-calls-for-end-of-electric-vehicle-subsidies?srnd=politics-vp

President Trump’s top economic adviser on Monday said the White House wants to end subsidies for electric vehicle purchases, without saying how it would eliminate the incentives that were created by Congress.

Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, told reporters that electric car subsidies “will all end in the near future,” adding 2020 or 2021 when asked for a timeline.

polarbear4

I hope the people can change the outcome.

polarbear4

Twitter is sresly addicting. Yikes. 😬

humphrey

But you can find lots of good stuff. LOL

magsview

It really is, lol. I love how it makes it pretty easy to see what’s going on around the world. I used to go to CNN.com for that, but I find CNN very limited nowadays.

humphrey

Sue is not just a dumb blonde. (No offense to blondes.)

polarbear4

polarbear4

polarbear4

From the Intercept, DC “think tanks” apparently paid by UAE to push their agenda (Yemen).

“One of the documents obtained by The Intercept was an invoice from the Center for New American Security, an influential national security think tank founded in 2007 by alumni from the Clinton administration. The invoice, dated July 12, 2016, billed the UAE embassy $250,000 for a paper on the legal regime governing the export of military-grade drones. It was signed by Michele Flournoy, a senior Pentagon official under President Barack Obama; Hillary Clinton was widely expected to name Flournoy as her secretary of defense. Flournoy co-founded CNAS and, in addition to outside work as a management consultant, currently serves as the think tank’s CEO.“

Much more….

Tweets are also linking CAP and even Neera, but I don’t yet see that in the Intercept article after a quick perusal. CNAS is open about receiving the $, but claims independence.

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/30/uae-yousef-otaiba-cnas-american-progress-michele-flournoy-drone/

CAP is in there. A snippet:

“We have been working with Brian Katulis at CAP” — the Center for American Progress — “and Ilan Goldenberg at CNAS to plan and execute an Embassy-supported study tour of national security experts to the UAE this spring,” the memo noted. The Center for American Progress, where Katulis is a senior national security fellow, is widely considered to be the most influential think tank aligned with the Democratic Party. (One of the authors of this post, Zaid Jilani, worked at the Center for American progress from 2009 to 2012.)“

polarbear4

magsview

One of the many reasons I did not support a Clinton presidency was the expectation that she would put Flournoy in her cabinet.

Did you know that Flournoy, along with her ‘duties’ at CNAS, is co-founder and managing partner at consulting company WestExec Advisors?

Seems to me a bit of a conflict of interest, possibly even sketchy, to be advising both nation states (such as the UAE) AND business clients at the same time.

WestExec Advisors brings the Situation Room to the Board Room.

Whether it is red teaming a business strategy or decision, using scenario development and table-top exercises to test ideas or enhance preparedness for a future contingency, or bringing the full power of our network to bear in helping clients navigate rapidly emerging challenges and opportunities, WestExec Advisors provides market-leading strategic advice to ensure our clients are positioned to make the best business decisions.

http://westexec.com/

But what do I know?

magsview

For example, this article from CNAS dated 11/28/18:

Super Soldiers: Summary of Findings and Recommendations

https://www.cnas.org/publications/reports/summary-of-findings-and-recommendations-1

I wonder if any of WestExec Advisors’ clients happen to be in the business of military hardware? Hardware such as the “robotic teammates” referenced in the piece?

The Army is pursuing some of these technology areas, such as robotic teammates and exoskeletons, but other areas such as human performance enhancement are lacking leadership and investment. The Army should review its investment portfolio and re-balance resources as appropriate to ensure it is capitalizing on the most promising opportunities to improve soldier survivability.

polarbear4

man…..

thanks for these. hope you tweet them.

polarbear4

you know the diff between right and wrong.

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