From Amy For The People (NV-04):
I have been advocating non-stop for healthcare across Nevada, as well as across the nation. I’ve been telling the story of my daughter, Shalynne. Two years ago, Shalynne went to the emergency room with nearly all the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of a blood clot. Because she was unable to provide proof of health insurance, she was denied the appropriate care, which ultimately led to her dying in my arms of a pulmonary embolism.
Her death at the hands of our Nation’s barbaric, profit-driven healthcare system, tragically, is an all too familiar story. The fight, not only against repealing the ACA, but for expanded and improved Medicare for All has become my calling. I didn’t choose this fight, it chose me.
I’m tired of witnessing self-proclaimed progressive congressman regurgitating the same old corporatist rhetoric, circumventing the real reason our healthcare system is failing Americans: profit.
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Good morning friends! Off to a very late start so I’m going to throw up an open thread with the days news in the comments, then a couple stand alone posts on candidates.
Starting off with Our Revolution endorsed Randall Woodfin’s 99 Neighborhood strategy to become mayor of Birmingham. Election day is October 3rd so theres still some time… but not much. If you know anyone in the Birmingham area… pass on Woodfin’s info. Or if you’re bored sometime this evening, click the ‘volunteer’ link below and do some phone banking.
Woodfin For Mayor
More news/video/etc In the comments, including:
*Kirsten Gillibrand Cites Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren as Leaders of the Democratic Party” on YouTube
*Al Gore Warned Us About Stronger Hurricanes YEARS AGO”
*VINCENT FORT ANGERED DEMOCRATIC ELITES WHEN HE ENDORSED BERNIE SANDERS. CAN HE BE ATLANTA’S NEXT MAYOR?
*”No Is Not Enough: Naomi Klein on Bernie’s Medicare-for-All Bill & Future of Democratic Party
*Obamacare Repeal Zombie Rises AGAIN
*A conversation with Bernie Sanders about ‘Medicare for all’
& plenty more.
Happy Monday friends. I had a political blackout over the weekend so I’ve missed pretty much everything. I’ll start off with Bernie on Meet The Press and then go from there in the comments with the rest of the days news/videos/etc.
Also in this post:
*Sanders disputes Clinton: ‘I worked as hard as I could’ to elect her
*Here’s who a scientist activist group wants you to elect to Congress
*Canadian doctor to U.S.: Try single-payer health care instead of trashing it
*As World Moves Forward with Paris Accord, U.S. Observes From Sidelines
*Pro-Cannabis Lawmakers Running for Gov in Several States
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Sen. Warren Rips Anthem for Sending ‘Bigger Tax Cuts or Else’ Ransom Note
During a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) slammed the insurance giant Anthem for threatening to pull out of state Obamacare exchanges if they’re aren’t lavished with “bigger tax cuts and more giveaways.”
Warren highlighted the fact that Anthem pulled in $855 million in profits during the second quarter of 2017, more than half of which came from taxpayer-funded insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
Despite their enormous profits, Warren said, “Anthem sent Congress a ransom note” demanding more taxpayer subsidies following the GOP’s failed attempt to strip healthcare from millions of Americans—an attempt Anthem endorsed.
“If you’re curious about why a majority of Americans support Medicare for All, here’s exhibit A,” Warren concluded.
More news/video’s in the comments.
Hello friends! As you can see there are already a couple posts below for your reading pleasure. This thread will contain candidate updates, climate change discussion, water protector news and most anything else I (and hopefully you) stumble across that may be of interest.
Starting off with some great local coverage about some awesome grassroots activism:
A big thanks to Benny for the live coverage of Bernie’s MFA rollout. I do my best to not repeat what others have posted but I know in today’s case I’ll probably manage that multiple times so I apologize in advance! I’m going to make this a healthcare related only roundup and then will put together something for the rest of the days news a bit later.
Starting off with a new ad:
Reaction to the rollout and the rest of the news will be in the comments!
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Bernie rolled out his Medicare for All Plan today. TYT provides an excellent summation, embedded in the tweet below: TYT inside look of Bernie’s MFA launch today Inside @BernieSanders' Launch Of #MedicareForAll – @ryangrim reports pic.twitter.com/cTzqdGMztO — TYT Politics (@TYTPolitics) September 13, 2017
Hello and good day to you friends. It will probably be a big day in healthcare news but I will certainly have any progressive candidate updates, water protector news, etc in the comments.
Starting off with: Bernie Sanders to introduce universal health insurance bill backed by 15 senators
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will introduce legislation on Wednesday that would expand Medicare into a universal health insurance program with the backing of at least 15 Democratic senators – a record level of support for an idea that had been relegated to the fringes during the last Democratic presidency.
“This is where the country has got to go,” Sanders said in an interview at his Senate office. “Right now, if we want to move away from a dysfunctional, wasteful, bureaucratic system into a rational health-care system that guarantees coverage to everyone in a cost-effective way, the only way to do it is Medicare for All.”
Sanders’ bill, the Medicare for All Act of 2017, has no chance of passage in a Republican-run Congress. But after months of behind-the-scenes meetings and a public pressure campaign, the bill is already backed by most of the senators seen as likely 2020 Democratic candidates – if not by most senators facing tough reelection battles in 2018.
The bill would revolutionize America’s health-care system, replacing it with a public system that would be paid for by higher taxes. Everything from emergency surgery to prescription drugs, from mental health to eye care, would be covered, with no co-payments. Americans younger than 18 would immediately obtain “universal Medicare cards,” while Americans not currently eligible for Medicare would be phased into the program over four years. Employer-provided health care would be replaced, with the employers paying higher taxes but no longer on the hook for insurance.
Now off to the comments for the rest of the days happenings, including:
*Even more Sanders health-bill discussion
*The 2016 Primary Wars Continue
*Harvey & Irma Spotlight Our Toxic Communities
*Naomi Klein and the Quest for Environmental Justice
*Meet the Socialist Who Hopes to Become New York’s First Arab-American Elected Official
& much More
Good morning friends and a big thank you to those who keep us alive over the weekends! I will ever so slowly encourage you to post your own material as well as create posts that show how easy this can be done… but in the meantime today’s news roundup is in the comments. There is a lot of material to cover including:
*Lots of people (Booker, Whitehouse, etc) are piling onto Bernie’s single payer bill
*Sanders to head back to California
*It’s time to end the myth that black voters don’t like Bernie Sanders
*Water Protector/Pipeline news
*Draft Bernie Events & Videos
* the 39 Senate Democrats (and Angus King) Still Not Backing Medicare For All
*Progressive Candidate updates & more
So.. see you on the other side!
Update: The list is growing:
New York has a long history of producing progressives focused on delivering health-care to all. Teddy Roosevelt was the first presidential candidate to propose socialized healthcare. FDR was the first president to actually deliver any kind of federal socialized health-care with the EMIC program and Social Security. EMIC provided some maternity and early childhood care, Social Security provided grants to states to provide programs for public health and services to benefit the blind and disabled. Continuing in that long tradition, New York Democrats have stepped up to support John Conyers’ Medicare For All bill (HR 676). As of today, 15 out of … Continue reading →
Today, I wondered if we could try something a bit different. Could we start theme diaries (open thread or focused)–meaning the subscribers actually post the topics? There are 4-5 regulars and we could easily each post a quick diary for jumpstarts on different topics. It seems that all of the burden has been on LD’s shoulders. It doesn’t take much time to just start a thread on a topic or candidate (as LD has been doing). For example, one could start one on Green News (or in LD’s case, he’s great in pointing out pipelines that have created community problems), … Continue reading →
Sanders: Ending DACA ‘cruelest’ presidential act in modern history
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is ripping the Trump administration for ending a key Obama-era immigration program aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.
“Trump’s decision to end the DACA program … is the cruelest and most ugly presidential act in the modern history of this country. I cannot think of one single act that is uglier and more cruel,” Sanders said from the Senate floor.
Sanders added that the decision, announced this week by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is an “abomination.”
Senate Democrats have taken over the Senate floor on Wednesday to protest the decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Democrats are demanding a stand-alone vote on the DREAM Act. Similar to DACA it would allow people brought to the United States illegally as children to continue to live and work freely in the country.
Sanders added that Congress should pass the DREAM Act “as soon as possible.”
More news/video/etc. in the comments, including:
*Hurricane Harvey fallout as Irma is incoming
*Kathie Allen: Addiction threatened my family, and I’m running to help others in crisis
*Democrats: Reichert’s departure makes 8th District ’eminently winnable’
*Cathy Myers gets a writeup & plenty more.
Good morning & happy post-Labor Day weekend friends! I hope you managed to get in a little leisure time. Bernie sure did not and held a multitude of events over the past few days and I’ll have the various videos in the comments. We’ll also be discussing the continued Harvey fallout & Irma’s incoming impact and the costs of climate change, Progressive candidate news, the latest water protector & pipeline news and updates, the looming split over single payer & a whole lot more.
Kicking things off with local coverage of Bernie’s NH stops:
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Good morning friends! In this post:
*Bernie Discusses Harvey, Healthcare & Immigration on CNN
*Nina Turner discussing refueling the Bernie Sanders revolution
*As a chemical plant burns, Texans remain in the dark about toxic threats.
*Bernie Sanders brings ‘political revolution’ to Aurora
*Water Protector and Indigenous Peoples News Updates
*#PayUpCorps Campaign Highlights All Nation Could Do If Corporations Paid Their Fair Share
& plenty more.
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