In today’s open thread:
*Bernie To Attend An Indianapolis Jobs Rally
*Heather Heyer’s Mother Speaks Out
*How Neo-Liberals Put ‘Alt Left’ In Trumps Mouth
*Pipeline/Water Protector Updates
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In Today’s News Roundup & Open Thread:
*Nina Turner Denounces The Enablers of Racism
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*Video Of Bernie Speaking @ The St Albans Senior Center
*Ben Jealous Gets Arrested
*Tim Black & Jimmy Dore Try To Understand Keith Ellison
*Pipeline & Water Protector Updates
In today’s news roundup/open thread:
*The Nina Turner Show: Hygiene as a Human Right
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*Elizabeth Warren Calls For A Rejection of Centrism
*Most Americans want universal healthcare. What are we waiting for? by Bernie Sanders
*Bernie Sanders Talks Health Care, Cows During Franklin County Visit
*Analysis Concludes DNC ‘Hack’ Was Insider Leaker
*Pipeline & Water Protector Updates
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Official Website has more about her an her platform::
New York’s 14th congressional district urgently needs access to more reliable jobs, increased access to family support services like parental leave and free childcare. I will fight for universal access to quality education from pre-K until college regardless of income and enrollment status because your ZIP code should never determine your quality of life.
Specifics On Issues:
*PROVIDE A TUITION-FREE EDUCATION TO QUALIFIED STUDENTS AT ALL PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES, AND TRADE SCHOOLS
*RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $15/HOUR — AND TIE IT TO INFLATION
*INVEST THE $4.6 TRILLION NEEDED TO REPAIR OUR COUNTRY’S CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE
& to: FIX THE HEALTHCARE MESS:
Everyone knows health care in America is broken. It was broken before Obamacare, and it is still broken. Obamacare forces millions of people to pay for insurance they can’t afford to use because deductibles are so high. Millions are still left without coverage and costs are skyrocketing for everyone.
There has always been a simple solution to our health care mess: cover everyone with Medicare.
Private insurance companies have been allowed by generations of corrupt politicians to become monopolies with the power to extort many hundreds of billions of dollars from the American people each year. The health insurance industry spent $150 billion dollars last year in lobbying expenses alone, to protect their monopolies — money that could have been spent on providing care and saving lives. Our Medicare for All plan will provide all Americans with Medicare, increase the number of doctors and care facilities and stop Big Pharma from gouging American consumers.
PROVIDE ALL AMERICANS WITH HEALTHCARE THROUGH MEDICARE
This will include high-quality general, dental, vision, and mental health coverage. Medicare is more efficient than any private insurance provider and is accepted by 95% of doctors. Under our plan, private insurance companies will be allowed to compete with each other in a truly free market to offer supplemental insurance plans.
In this open thread/news roundup:
*Bernie Sanders’ Statement About Heather Heyer Emphasizes What Really Killed Her
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*The crackdown on protests across the US
*Bernie Sanders to push for government-funded healthcare and abolition of private insurance
*The Latest Pipeline/Water Protector Actions & More
From Howland’s Official Website:
Amanda believes health care is a right, and she will fight to expand health insurance coverage to all residents of the 6th District.
As a cancer survivor, health insurance and access to health care is personal to Amanda. She understands the need to provide affordable health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions. Amanda strongly opposes the American Health Care Act, recently passed by the House of Representatives with the support of Peter Roskam, who voted to put partisan politics over the people of the 6th District. Amanda believes ACHA is harmful because it will result in millions of people with pre-existing conditions losing their health insurance. ACHA is nothing more than a tax cut for the wealthy on the backs of low income and older citizens who will lose health insurance.
Amanda is disturbed by the fact that the U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world that does not provide basic health care for all, and she believes the U.S. needs to move toward a single payer option. As we move toward a single payer system, Amanda supports improving the Affordable Care Act to respond to rising healthcare costs, rising insurance premiums, and high deductibles, taking lessons from states that have managed these issues. She will also work to get unrestrained prescription drug costs under control. Amanda believes that no family should go bankrupt when a family member gets sick, no person should be shackled to a job just to keep their health insurance, and the emergency room should not be anyone’s primary medical provider.
Lots more on Hildrebrand to come in the coming days but as I do some backend work on the website I wanted to out at least throw out a post for people to watch and then inspire them to do some research:
Hildebrand’s Official Website
Residents without healthcare are forced into the emergency room for medical care. These visits increase wait times for severely injured patients, and increases healthcare costs for everybody else. Hospitals and insurance companies will always pass on the costs of the uninsured to those who are. In essence, those covered by health insurance are already paying for those who are not covered, but those prices will rise immensely as emergency room care becomes more widely used.
While we are seeing a push for single-payer in California (SB 562, also known as the Californians for a Healthy California Act), we still need to fight for single-payer on the national scale. SB 562 stipulates that healthcare is a right for all Californians, and cites the rising costs of healthcare in a for-profit system. Coverage is decreasing as premiums grow, an issue of which most Californians are keenly aware.
It is time that the United States joined the rest of the industrialized world and adopt Single-Payer healthcare that includes dental care, mental health care, and prescription medication. Americans cannot afford to be exploited by an overpriced healthcare system.
I support H.R. 676, and I will support all future single-payer healthcare legislation.
Fracking and Oil Pipelines:
I will introduce legislation that will ban fracking, and establish a moratorium on all new fossil fuel pipelines.
Clean water is a human right. We cannot allow corporations and their puppets in Congress to destroy our limited clean water resources.
I will support all legislation that allows the EPA to investigate and punish corporations that pollute our water.
Texas needs a leader who serves all of us – and Lamar Smith is not that leader.
Like most Texans, I’m fed up with the current stagnation in DC. The news is full of professional politicians, getting nothing done but preserving their jobs and pleasing their corporate sponsors. For too long, Representative Smith has been part of the problem.
After 30 years, Lamar Smith only serves corporate lobbyists and political bullies, not the citizens of TX21 or the United States. It’s time to retire Lamar Smith, and I’m ready to take his place.
Our district and our country are in trouble. While big corporations hit record profits, most Texas families struggle to get by. Wages are flat, and good jobs are harder to find. Climate change threatens our way of life. Our American values are under siege.
For many here, it’s harder and harder to access the American Dream. And up in Washington, politicians like Lamar Smith are only making it worse.
Vote for me, Joseph Kopser, a real alternative: primed with real-world experience, fed-up with the current Washington nonsense, and ready to meet the challenges ahead. Join me, and let’s change things.
Kopser’s Official Website
From joining the military at West Point to creating good-paying jobs right here in Texas, I’ve dedicated my life to service. I served in the Army for 20 years, earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab, and Bronze Star. I’ve dedicated my post-military career to building innovative companies and empowering workers. In Congress, I’ll put your interests ahead of the special interests, and I’ll hold the powerful accountable.
And when I asked him his thoughts on a single-pay health care system this was his response:
Yes, I am working for health care for all, just as I enjoyed with my family in 20 years of the Army. We are the greatest nation in the world, we should be able to care for all our citizens.
Diane Russell is making a splash in the 2018 Democratic Maine primary by declaring her intention to run for governor.
From Westin’s official website:
I believe that healthcare is a human right and the best way to fulfill this duty is a single-payer system. In my first year of medical school, I learned countless lessons, but perhaps the most important was that healthcare is a human right. Working in the student run Equal Access clinic, a place where I provided care for people without insurance, was one of the most formative experiences of my career. Unfortunately, my ability to provide the best care for my patients is not entirely up to me. Many times, my plans are blocked by a for-profit insurance company denying payment for my patient’s treatment plan. The Center for Economic and Policy Research estimates America wastes over $100 Billion each year on private insurance overhead costs, more than 12 times of what Medicare spends on operating costs. The bottom line is this: insurance companies are motivated to maximize profits and bonuses for their executives, not improve our health. “Medicare for all” should do more than just insure all Americans, it should tackle the unsustainable rising costs of prescription medications and healthcare, and even more importantly, make us healthier and more secure.
Cunningham’s Official Website
Those of us who have dealt with sick family members understand that the increasing cost of medical care is stressful – both financially and emotionally. Recently, while waiting with my wife for her to be seen by a doctor, we sat in silence together until our number was called. Like most people, our primary focus was attaining a diagnosis and moving forward along the path to recovery. However, anticipating the unknown cost of treatment and how to pay for it added an unnecessary amount of stress to an already tense situation.
I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. No one in America should go bankrupt just because they get sick. Period. In a country with our resources, no one should forego necessary or preventative care because they are unable to afford it.
On Criminal Justice Reform…
The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. Our prisons are jam-packed with people who would be better served with rehabilitation than incarceration. Let’s face it – the drug laws in this country are out of date, out of step, and create a class of people who will never be able to get a high-quality education, a decent job, experience home ownership or become productive members of society. We should not lock people away and waste our resources on incarceration in cases where rehabilitation is the more effective solution.
As your Congressman, I will work towards allocating resources and support to at-risk children so that we cut off the school to prison pipeline.
From Newman’s Official Website:
Healthcare is a right, it is not a privilege. While I continue to support improvements to the Affordable Care Act, I believe Congress needs to step up to protect and expand health care for all Americans. There are many great elements of the ACA that need to be protected, including requiring insurance companies to cover those with pre-existing conditions, allowing people up to the age of 26 to stay on their parent’s health insurance and providing preventive services like mammograms and cancer screenings. However, the ACA is far from perfect and there are many elements that need to be addressed to bring down costs. Simultaneously to fixing issues with Obamacare, we need Healthcare-For-All solutions to be implemented in the near future. We should be looking at uniquely American versions of universal care that solves the nation’s current issues once and for all, such as Medicare For All.
Congressman Lipinski was the only Democrat from Illinois to vote against establishing the Affordable Care Act, and he has voted repeatedly with the Republican majority to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides vital women’s healthcare, prenatal care, mammograms and much more to tens of millions of Americans and working families.
Money in politics continues to spiral out of control and it’s time something is done about it. Congress must act to reverse the destructive effects that the Citizens United decision has had on our elections and country. We also must end the millions of dollars in “dark money” being spent to influence our elections without identifying the source and the private agendas it’s supporting.
My opponent takes the majority of his money from corporations and business PACs. Conversely, I refuse to take part in this system of influence-peddling and will not take any donations from corporate PACs.
In this News Roundup:
*Democrats freak out over the possibility of primaries backed by Single-Payer advocates
*More back and forth over Kamala Harris
*Randall Woodfin on the urgent need for neighborhood revitalization
*Keystone XL activism
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This could potentially be interesting for a multitude of different reasons. Thoughts on if he’s the real deal or not? Please add any research to the comments!
New challenger for Rep. Ed Royce kicks off race with a $2-million loan to his campaign
Villa Park health insurance executive Andy Thorburn is entering the 39th Congressional District race against Rep. Ed Royce, and he’s loaned his campaign $2 million to get started.
The Democrat’s $2-million personal loan gives him a war chest far greater than anyone else in the race, except for Royce, who had $3.1 million on hand at the end of last month.
Thorburn was raised in New Jersey and went to college in Pennsylvania. He taught English at a high school in Newark, N.J., then worked in leadership at the American Federation of Teachers.
He was sentenced to 30 days in jail for contempt of court during a strike for better teacher wages in 1970, something he cites as a life-changing moment in a campaign video accompanying his announcement.
Thorburn later left teaching for insurance. He is director of strategic planning at Orange County-based Global Benefits Group Inc., an international health insurance company in which he bought a controlling stake of in 2005.
He expects healthcare to be a prominent issue in the campaign, and he said he wants the country to keep the Affordable Care Act in place and to see it move toward single payer healthcare.
“I’ve been in the health insurance business since ’99 and I’ve seen it operate all around the world,” Thorburn said. “I can tell you from firsthand knowledge this system is not efficient.”
Blackburn challenger Justin Kanew meets with Williamson Democrats
Justin Kanew, who’s running in 2018 for the seat in Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District, spoke to Williamson County Democrats at his first public engagement since announcing his candidacy earlier this summer.
The 38-year-old College Grove resident, who moved to Tennessee with his wife and daughter a year ago from southern California, said he was mobilized by the outcome of the November election and was dissatisfied by the voting record of longtime incumbent Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
“This all started after the election, when the enthusiasm and resistance picked up. I had the same question you did: ‘Who’s going to run against Marsha?'” Kanew said.
Kanew criticized Blackburn’s support of the recently halted effort to replace Obamacare.
“She was out there championing the (health care bill) as though it was going to help people, when it would really hurt all the most vulnerable people, to give a tax cut to those who need it the least,” he said.
Kanew said he’s not ashamed to say he stands for health care as a right, not a privilege, and supports paid maternity leave and raising the minimum wage.
From Kanew’s Website:
Health care is a right, not a privilege. It’s also an issue that will affect every last one of us, and it’s one of the main reasons I’m running.
I can’t sit by and watch Marsha Blackburn run unopposed as she has too many times before, especially as she champions this effort to rip health care and support away from the people who need it most, sending the number of uninsured Tennesseans skyrocketing. The CBO says the bill in its current form would take health care from 22 Million Americans, raising premiums and gutting essential health benefits, leaving sick people and the elderly unprotected. Only 12% approve of it, Tennessee opposes it, as do countless patient-centered foundations, yet Marsha says the senate passing it would’ve been a nice “Independence Day present”.
For who, exactly? That’s merciless. This is a campaign of many things, but above all it’s a campaign of mercy. It isn’t about left vs. right, it’s about right vs. wrong.
It’s time to stop putting corporate America first, and start putting Tennesseans first.