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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.

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Hot rap! :0)

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.

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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.

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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’

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polarbear4

Perfect.

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https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1069779602388578304?s=20

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.

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opensecrets.org.

Explanation not exclamation.

orlbucfan

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