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Ady Barkan and Bonnie Castillo write an op ed together


Let’s start with the obvious: We know it’s unusual for us to write this piece together. We are two Medicare for All movement leaders—one who endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders and one who endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren. Supporters of opposing campaigns, even within the same party, feel passionately about why their candidate is uniquely qualified to lead the country in a new direction. That’s healthy. Politics should inspire passion, and there’s a lot at stake in this pivotal moment, from guaranteed health care as a human right to climate change, gun violence and immigration.

But lately, the media have been hyper focused on the idea that we and our fellow progressive members of the Democratic Party are more committed to arguing with each other than to defeating far-right fascism. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are allies with an unbreakable bond—because our highest commitment isn’t to one politician but to a grassroots movement for fundamental change, specifically health care justice in the form of Medicare for All.

That’s not to say there aren’t real differences between the Democrats running for president in 2020. There is, in this election, a battle still underway for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. One faction, in short, apparently believes we need to go back to how politics used to be. It’s a compelling argument for those who think what’s wrong with our country begins and ends with President Donald Trump, but it isn’t sufficient if we’re really interested in advancing justice and equity.

You would be hard-pressed to find people more committed to the struggle for health care justice in America than the two of us. Our organizations, National Nurses United and Be a Hero, have played important roles in advancing the cause of health care justice, and we even recently partnered on “Uncovered,” a series of health care conversations with all the major Democratic candidates. We have both personally spent significant chunks of our lives advocating for transformational change to our nation’s health care system, and we believe deeply in health care as a human right.

Which is how we have come to believe strongly that the priority for progressives needs to be a commitment to growing our movement for Medicare for All, instead of a short-term focus on a single election. Some of our friends support Sanders, and some support Warren. That’s fine because there are genuinely good reasons to prefer either candidate if you’re a progressive voter interested in transformational change. But we urge everyone in those tents to see their preference for a particular politician as secondary to the overarching goal of advancing health care justice in America.

Our movement has made incredible strides in recent years, and the notion of a single-payer health care system has gone from fringe to the predominant mainstream. We need to keep talking to our friends, to our neighbors about health care and what’s at stake in this election, about why Medicare for All is the only policy that can make health care a right. And for our movement to continue to build power, that conversation needs to be focused on ideas, issues and truth, rather than personalities and toxicity.


Is this some kind of complicated walk back by Ady? I don’t understand.


I think he and Bonnie Castillo agree that before M4A can advance we need to win the hearts and minds of voters. For Bernie and Warren there are much more dangerous foes out in the Dem Party than each other.


There are a lot worse Dems out there than Warren. These Dems are openly hostile to M4A. Also joining in to slam M4A are Heidi Heitkamp, Sherrod Brown, MJ Hegar, Doug Jones, and Chris Pappas. All predict DOOM if Dems run on M4A.


Prominent Democratic leaders are sounding increasingly vocal alarms to try to halt political momentum for “Medicare for all,” opting to risk alienating liberals and deepening the divide in the party rather than enter an election year with a sweeping health care proposal that many see as a liability for candidates up and down the ballot.

From Michigan to Georgia, North Dakota to Texas, Democratic elected officials, strategists and pollsters are warning that the party’s commitment to the Obama-era Affordable Care Act — widely seen as critical to electoral gains in 2018 and 2019 — could slip away as a political advantage in 2020 if Republicans seize on Medicare for all and try to paint Democrats as socialists on health care.

“When you say Medicare for all, it’s a risk. It makes people feel afraid,” said Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, who headed a successful national effort as chairwoman of the Democratic Governors Association, to win governor’s mansions in Kentucky and Louisiana this month. “We won in Kentucky and Louisiana, barely, in part, because we won on health care. I don’t think we can afford to lose on health care.”


Your preamble is correct but it gets down to this. Who is better positioned to take on the naysayers? It is hands down Bernie as he has been fighting an uphill battle most of his life.


Heitkamp and Jones are conservative jokes on the Democratic party. Brown’s name should be bolded – he is no friend of progressives.


Jesse Jackson writes an op ed


“Too radical, impractical, too costly, impossible, can’t pass the Senate.”

Those are the terms centrist Democrats use to describe the bold reform ideas put forth by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in the Democratic presidential primaries.

“Venezuela, socialist, communist tripe, crazy” are the jibes preferred by President Donald Trump and Republicans.

All this begs the same question: What do they plan to do to meet the challenges we face?

Centrists suggest that only modest, piecemeal, admittedly inadequate reforms have a chance to gain the support needed to pass. But pre-emptive compromise doesn’t inspire fear or fervor.

What’s needed is a clarion call that lays out what is essential — and builds the public support necessary to tackle those standing in the way.

Republicans opposed Social Security and Medicare as socialism, or communist notions. They passed because Roosevelt and Johnson built the majorities and claimed the mandate to get them passed.

The argument that these reforms are too radical, too “left” also fails on its face.

These basic reforms — the right to adequate health care, the right to an education, the addressing of the existential threat posed by the climate emergency — are not left or right.

They represent the moral center. The values they express are not un-American; they are central to the American dream.

It isn’t radical to suggest that all have health care, or all have access to a good education. It is just common sense. And we are badly in need of a strong dose of that.


Good on Jesse Jackson as I think that he owes Bernie some luv.?
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Bernie Sanders on Jesse Jackson and the Democratic Party — April 20, 1988



If Bloomberg were to win the nomination and the presidency, it’s not clear how the organization would report on anything without constant scrutiny and accusations of bias. Bloomberg has suggested in the past that he would divest his media company if he ran for president, saying less than a year ago “I think at my age, if selling it is possible, I would do that. At some point, you’re going to die anyway, so you want to do it before then.” He says he is serious about winning, so there is really only one acceptable path forward: If Bloomberg won’t let his reporters investigate himself and his rivals, he should get out of the journalism business altogether.

Don midwest
Don midwest

in top 10 tweets right now is “Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF”

here is an article, probably the article that started this hashtag

Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF

Article above published in a Black publication that I have never noticed, The Root

So, when a clip surfaced of Buttigieg explaining why negro kids fail at school so often, his answer made perfect sense.

“Kids need to see evidence that education is going to work for them,” Buttigieg explained whitely, when he was running for mayor in 2011. You’re motivated because you believe that at the end of your education, there is a reward; there’s a stable life; there’s a job. And there are a lot of kids—especially [in] the lower-income, minority neighborhoods, who literally just haven’t seen it work. There isn’t someone who they know personally who testifies to the value of education.”

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is a lucky motherfucker, too.

He attended one of the best private schools in the country that was quite literally on the campus of one of the best colleges in the country, Notre Dame University, where his father worked as a professor for 29 years. His mother taught at an even better, more elite school. And if you ask how he got into Harvard or became a Rhodes Scholar, Mayor Pete would probably insist that it had nothing to do with whiteness. He would likely tell you that he valued education and had great role models, both of which are probably true. There is no question that he is intelligent, hard-working and well-educated.

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