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‘Health care delivery in the United States a generation ago was still in many ways a cottage industry.’ Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The pursuit of a ‘single-payer’ healthcare system in the United States will degenerate into corporate welfare unless America takes on healthcare monopolies.

Phillip Longman, the Guardian

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Saturday 20 October 2017 | In 2013, Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” couldn’t find a single co-sponsor for his healthcare plan, which would replace private insurance with Medicare-like coverage for all Americans regardless of age or income.

Today, the roll call of supporters for his latest version includes the leading lights of the Democratic party, including many with plausible presidential aspirations. It’s enough to make an exasperated Dana Milbank publish a column in the Washington Post under the headline ‘The Democrats have become socialists’.

But have they? Actually, no.

Phillip Longman is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, and the policy director at the Open Markets Institute. He is also a senior editor at the Washington Monthly.

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Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Sanders' health care bill: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump
    • The Sanders “Medicare for all” legislation is an attempt to disguise reactionary maneuvers, each of them aimed at subordinating the health care of millions of people to the profit interests of big business, behind pie-in-the-sky promises that neither Sanders nor any of his co-sponsors take seriously.
  • Part 2: Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal
    • The working class must organize politically to take the drug companies, hospitals, insurance companies, and medical technology firms away from the current owners and place the industry under the control of a workers' government, establishing truly socialized medicine in America.

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With New Directive, Pruitt Bars Scientists Who Aren't 'In the Pocket of Corporate Polluters' From EPA Advisory Boards

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Critics slammed the move as a "hostile takeover of science-based policymaking" by the Trump administration.

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | In an "unprecedented" move that critics say will "undermine independent science," amplify the voices of those representing the fossil fuel industry, and put public health at risk, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt on Tuesday signed a directive that bars scientists who have received federal grants from serving on the EPA's advisory boards.



"Pruitt doesn't want to listen to a word from anyone who isn't in the pocket of corporate polluters."  —Michael Brune, Sierra Club



Justifying the new rule, which will take effect immediately, Pruitt suggested that the research of scientists who have received federal money lacks objectivity and gives off "the appearance of conflict."

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Tomgram: Michael Klare, The New Face of "War" at Home

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  • Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate-Change Era
  • Our potential saviors, at a moment when the very environment that has for millennia welcomed humanity is up for grabs, might be thought of as the Keystone Cops of the twenty-first century.

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http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2011/04/04/2014681395.gifSeptember 17, 2017 | Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadn’t even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Florida Governor Rick Scott, who had sent members of the state National Guard to devastated Houston, anxiously recalled them while putting in place emergency measures for his own state. A small flotilla of naval vessels, originally sent to waters off Texas, was similarly redirected to the Caribbean, while specialized combat units drawn from as far afield as Colorado, Illinois, and Rhode Island were rushed to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Meanwhile, members of the California National Guard were being mobilized to fight wildfires raging across that state (as across much of the West) during its hottest summer on record.

Michael T. Klare is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author of Resource Wars and Blood and Oil. Consider this essay a preview of his newest book, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy, which has just been published by Metropolitan Books.

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The Enormous Emotional Toll of Trumpism

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  • For many Americans – many humans – Trump’s presidency can often feel unbearable.
  • Every day it’s something. Or 10 somethings. Can we really live with three more years of this, let alone seven?
  • Related: What Trump and His Team Have Wrecked So Far

Joy-Ann Reid, The Daily Beast 

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10.07.17 | At a certain point, the distaste becomes exhaustion. Donald Trump’s presence in our national life has been alternately infuriating, embarrassing, revolting, gross and bizarre. His non-stop assaults on our political norms are testing our capacity to sustain constant outrage without giving in to despair.

I meet victims of Trump fatigue everywhere. They stop me in airports and restaurants and on the street and ask how long we’ll have to put up with this madness – when will Bob Mueller finally bring him down, and how much more can our systems bend before they break. When I tell them Trump is likely to clamor on until either the 2018 election slows him down or the 2020 election stops him (or if Russian interference, non-white voter suppression and liberal perfectionism succeed again, ‘til he terms out in 2024), the look on their faces is something akin to terror.

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Here's a roundup from our "While He Was Tweeting" series.
 

 

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Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump

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  • Part 1: Sanders' health care bill: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump
    • The Sanders “Medicare for all” legislation is an attempt to disguise reactionary maneuvers, each of them aimed at subordinating the health care of millions of people to the profit interests of big business, behind pie-in-the-sky promises that neither Sanders nor any of his co-sponsors take seriously.
  • Part 2: Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal
    • The working class must organize politically to take the drug companies, hospitals, insurance companies, and medical technology firms away from the current owners and place the industry under the control of a workers' government, establishing truly socialized medicine in America.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Sanders' health care bill: A cover for Democratic Party deals with Trump

The Sanders “Medicare for all” legislation is an attempt to disguise reactionary maneuvers, each of them aimed at subordinating the health care of millions of people to the profit interests of big business, behind pie-in-the-sky promises that neither Sanders nor any of his co-sponsors take seriously.

Patrick Martin, World Socialist Website 

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http://www.kfai.org/files/images/health%20care%20symbol%20screw.jpg 14 September 2017 | Senator Bernie Sanders took his campaign to whitewash the right-wing character of the Democratic Party to a new level Wednesday, introducing single-payer, “Medicare for all” legislation, co-sponsored by 15 Democratic senators, on the same day that House and Senate Democratic leaders were to visit the White House for cozy talks with President Trump on corporate tax cuts.

The bill was given full-scale media promotion, including an op-ed column by Sanders in the New York Times, lengthy articles in all the major daily newspapers, and reports on the network and cable television news programs. This for a bill which has not the slightest chance of passage by the Republican-controlled Congress, which will never even hold a committee hearing, let alone bring it to a vote.

Patrick Martin writes for the World Socialist Website, a forum for socialist ideas & analysis & published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI).

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Part 2: Sanders’ phony “Medicare for all” proposal


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The working class must organize politically to take the drug companies, hospitals, insurance companies, and medical technology firms away from the current owners and place the industry under the control of a workers' government, establishing truly socialized medicine in America.

Esther Galen, World Socialist Website 

30 April 2016 | A significant proportion of the support “democratic socialist” presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has received is due to his pledge to establish a federally funded universal health plan, which he describes as “Medicare for All.”

Workers and young people, suffering under the crushing weight of health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket medical costs, see high-quality health care as a fundamental social right that should be provided to everyone for free, or at minimal cost.

Esther Galen writes for the World Socialist Website, a forum for socialist ideas & analysis & published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI).

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Special Report | Puerto Ricans Protest Trump's Visit, Denounce Militarization, And Wonder What's Happening With the Relief Effort

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  • Part 1: What's Happening With the Relief Effort in Puerto Rico?
    • A timeline of the unprecedented catastrophe of Hurricane Maria
  • Part 2: Puerto Ricans Protest Trump's Visit, Denounce Militarization Amid Lack of Aid Distribution
    • Democracy Now!'s correspondent Juan Carlos Dávila traveled to the town of Utuado to speak with residents who have yet to get help other than a few bottles of water. He also joins us live in the capital San Juan from a protest against Trump's visit.

Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: What's Happening With the Relief Effort in Puerto Rico?

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A timeline of the unprecedented catastrophe of Hurricane Maria
 

Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic 
 
What is happening in Puerto Rico?

Since the storm made landfall on September 20, Hurricane Maria has wreaked havoc on the island, causing a level of widespread destruction and disorganization paralleled by few storms in American history. Almost two weeks after the storm abated, most of the island’s residents still lack access to electricity and clean water.

Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers technology.

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Part 2: Puerto Ricans Protest Trump's Visit, Denounce Militarization Amid Lack of Aid Distribution

As President Trump travels to Puerto Rico two weeks after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria, we go to the island for an on-the-ground report. Democracy Now!'s correspondent Juan Carlos Dávila traveled to the town of Utuado to speak with residents who have yet to get help other than a few bottles of water. He also joins us live in the capital San Juan from a protest against Trump's visit.

Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now! 

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Juan Gonzalez: Well, we end today’s show in Puerto Rico, where President Trump travels today, some two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, destroying its electrical grid and leaving more than half of Puerto Rico’s three-and-a-half million residents with no access to clean water. Food and fuel continue to be in short supply, and the Federal Communications Commission says nearly 90 percent of cellphone towers remain out of service.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author.

Juan Gonzalez has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years and a staff columnist at the New York Daily News since 1987.

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No Place For Climate Change Deniers To Hide

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  • Now is precisely the time for a national commitment, when the winds are blowing and fires are burning. The floods and fires are not a time just for sorrow, they must be a time for action. We must seize this moment to help the victims of these storms, and we must seize this moment to take action on climate change.
  • It is a small blue planet, but it is the only one we have.
  • Related: Gutting EPA’s Budget And Staff Would Endanger The Health Of Millions Of Americans

Jay Inslee, HuffPost

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09/10/2017 | As the hurricanes and forest fires rage, we know there are no Republicans or Democrats in lifeboats, only survivors. And it is past time that we all turn towards the storm, not away from it. 

But as I watched Governor Rick Scott advise Floridians to evacuate in the face of the fury of Hurricane Irma, I wondered: Where are climate change deniers supposed to go? 

Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington

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Gutting EPA’s Budget And Staff Would Endanger The Health Of Millions Of Americans, Elliott Negin, Huffington Post

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  • President Trump promised to “promote clean air and clean water” during his recent speech before Congress, but he reportedly plans to dramatically cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.
  • Related: The World Is Better Off if We Leave the Paris Agreement

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