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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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:
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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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
Continue reading →
Good morning friends! Below is some information on Ryan Stone, a Justice Democrat who is looking to take on Michael McCaul in Texas’s 10th district and then the rest of the news will be in the comments.
I’m a native son of Texas. Born in Nacogdoches, and raised in Canton, I worked my way through college and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University. I worked a lot of different jobs along the way. I’ve waited tables, I’ve been a teacher, and I’ve been self-employed as a consultant coaching foreign business executives to improve their English skills. Today I am an accountant for a small business — and a city council member in Manor, TX.
Growing up in a working-class family in East Texas, I know first-hand what it’s like to struggle to put food on the table, pay bills and have to borrow your way to a higher education. The poverty I grew up with has, unfortunately, only worsened in recent years with the erosion of rural job prospects and an ever-widening pay gap. Although Texas has one of the most robust economies in the nation, many of our residents have been left further behind since the recession.
For years I’ve watched friends, family and community members suffer the effects of rural poverty and lack of access to quality healthcare. I see hopelessness and inequality as the unchanging condition for millions of Texans — tens of thousands located right here in the 10th district. Smart, capable, hard-working people strive to make a good life for their families, but they’re hemmed in by lack of opportunity, and priced out of an education that could be their only path to a stable income in the new, global economy. I want to change that.
– Ryan Stone’s Brand New Congress Site .
I have recently 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 a 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.
As a business woman, I understand all too well that insurance and pharmaceutical companies are solely motivated by profit margins. But I’m not just business woman. I am a human, a grieving mother, a Nevadan, and, now, an activist. I know that healthcare is a human right, not just another consumer product. In order to ensure that all Americans have quality, comprehensive healthcare, we must remove profit motive from the equation. We must fight loudly and proudly for Medicare for All, and I intend to bring this fight all the way to Washington.
Amy Vilela’s Official Website
More news/video/etc. in the comments.
Bernie Sanders supporters are still feeling the sting of their candidate’s loss in the race for the Democratic nomination for president and Hillary Clinton’s subsequent loss of the election to Donald Trump. Sanders’s fans, political observers and the media have been asking him for months whether he’ll consider running again in 2020.
The Vermont senator’s usual answer is that it’s way too early to talk about the next election. He reiterated as much in an interview that will air Thursday morning on Sirius XM’s “Make It Plain With Mark Thompson.” But when Thompson asked Sanders whether he’s leaving 2020 on the table or taking it off, the senator answered, more directly than he normally does, that he isn’t not considering it.
“No, I am not taking it off the table. I just have not made any decisions,” Sanders said. “And I think it’s much too early,” he continued, directing the conversation to what he believes the public should be focusing on at this time.
More news/video/etc. in the comments!
Nina Turner says calls to move Democrats to the center are out of touch with the impacts of their policies and the needs of the majority of working people.
More news/video/etc. in the comments.
Meet Randy Bryce: The ‘Iron Stache’ coming for Paul Ryan’s congressional seat in Wisconsin
Southeastern Wisconsin native Randy Bryce says he’s running for office because not everybody is seated at the table, and “it’s time to make a bigger table.”
Bryce recently announced his bid to run for Congress in Wisconsin’s 1st District come 2018 — a House seat currently held by Republican Speaker Paul Ryan. With the Twitter handle “@IronStache” and Ron Swanson vibes to boot, the Democrat iron worker says every American deserves “a good-paying job, health care security, and the ability to have hard work pay off.”
The campaign ad focuses on health care with a personal look at Bryce’s mother who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
“My mother has multiple sclerosis, my father is in assisted living, and I survived cancer in my 20s to have a miracle child in my 40s,” said Bryce. “What Paul Ryan and the Republicans are doing to take health care away from millions of us, to make it cost more and cover less, and to allow the protections we’ve gained to be stripped away – it’s just unacceptable.”
In closing remarks during the new ad spot, Bryce offers Ryan a trading places proposal.
“Let’s trade places,” Bryce says. “Paul Ryan you can come and work the iron. And I’ll go to DC.
Randy Bryce’s Official Website
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