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It’s Impossible to Support Single-Payer and Defend Obamacare

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“And tens of millions of people remain without health insurance,” (Dr. Margaret) Flowers said. “The ACA can’t change that because it will never be affordable to everyone. That’s why we need to end this failed healthcare experiment and embrace the proven solution, National Improved Medicare for All as embodied in HR 676.”

Related: The Only Way to Win Single Payer is to Leave the Democratic Party

Russell Mokhiber, Counterpunch

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April 25, 2017 | It’s impossible to promote single payer and defend Obamacare at the same time.

It’s impossible to have a credible unity tour between Bernie Sanders and Tom Perez.

It’s impossible to call yourself a populist and defend a law written by insurance industry lobbyists.

Let’s start with the so-called unity tour just completed with Sanders and Perez.

Russell Mokhiber is the editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter.

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The Only Way to Win Single Payer is to Leave the Democratic Party, Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report / Greanville Post <>

  • http://www.greanvillepost.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/obamacare-healthcare-profits.jpgWhen supermajorities find that they cannot move their “own” political party to represent their interests, then it’s time to cut that party loose. “The best thing that the national majority and the Democratic super-majority can do, for the sake of everyone’s health and the future of democracy, is to leave the Democratic Party.” A national health disaster is looming. Single payer is the only solution.
  • “Sticking with the Democrats only encourages them in their loyalty to their corporate masters.”
  • Related: Nothing Short of a Single-Payer Health Plan Will Do

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The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life

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Considering the constant fatalities, rampant pollution, and exorbitant costs of ownership, there is no better word to characterize the car’s dominance than insane.

Edward Humes, the Atlantic 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Edward%20Humes%20%7C%20Door%20to%20Door%20jacket%20illus.jpgApr 12, 2017 | The car is the star. That’s been true for well over a century—unrivaled staying power for an industrial-age, pistons-and-brute-force machine in an era so dominated by silicon and software. Cars conquered the daily culture of American life back when top hats and child labor were in vogue, and well ahead of such other innovations as radio, plastic, refrigerators, the electrical grid, and women’s suffrage.

A big part of why they’ve stuck around is that they are the epitome of convenience. That’s the allure and the promise that’s kept drivers hooked, dating all the way back to the versatile, do-everything Ford Model T. Convenience (some might call it freedom) is not a selling point to be easily dismissed—this trusty conveyance, always there, always ready, on no schedule but its owner’s. Buses can’t do that. Trains can’t do that. Even Uber makes riders wait.

Edward Humes is a writer based in Seal Beach, California. He is the author of Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation.

 

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Series | ‘Days of Revolt’, Part 2: Chris Hedges, Tim DeChristopher Discuss Far-Reaching Effects of Climate Change

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  • Most scientists acknowledge that the current rate of climate change is unstoppable, but it’s time for the rest of the world to stop living in denial.
  • Part 2 in This Series

Chris Hedges, teleSUR / Truthdig

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Apr 26, 2016 | In Part 2 of  teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges sits down with Tim DeChristopher, founder of the Climate Disobedience Center.

The two analyze how the industrialized world fails to significantly confront climate change, beginning with the “exercise in make-believe” that was the 2015 Paris climate conference.

DeChristopher explains that the drastic effects of global warming aren’t just occurring in a vacuum. For example, water shortages in parts of the southern United States play out in areas with pre-existing social tensions, such as racism and xenophobia, creating the potential to trigger violent human responses. Another example is Syria, where, as DeChristopher points out, the CIA actually admitted that climate change accelerated the beginning of civil war.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society.  

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Part 1: Chris Hedges, Jill Stein Take On the Scam of American Politics

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Series | A Living Earth Economy, Part 9: The Superrich Have Profited From a Broken System—And Their Money Alone Won’t Fix It

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  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

David Korten, Yes! Magazine <http://www.yesmagazine.org>

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Mar 22, 2017 | Congratulations, you won—you are the last and richest person on Earth. In the security of your sunless underground bunker, you will be the last to die in a dying Earth’s paroxysm of fire and flood.

In a recent column for YES! Magazine, Chuck Collins, “born on third base” social activist and commentator, has a message for the superrich who are buying “bug out” survivalist escape homes in Kansas missile silos, mountain fortresses in the Rockies, and getaway farms in New Zealand: Your money won’t save you from the social and environmental collapse now unfolding. Join with other members of your class who are investing in “community, regional, and global efforts to address the climate crisis and extreme inequalities.”

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Capitalism's war on climate science, James Plested, Red Flag / SocialistWorker.org

A system that puts profits above humanity can't address an existential threat to our future. 

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Don't just defend Obama's legacy against Trump: fight for radical climate action.

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  • Now is the moment to admit that Obama’s Clean Power Plan was not bold enough. If we are going to fight Trump, let’s go big.
  • ‘We need a head-on collision with oil, coal and natural gas executives.’
  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

Kate Aronoff, the Guardian

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Tuesday 28 March 2017 | The fossil fuel industry is rejoicing. Donald Trump issued an executive order on Tuesday that would tear up many of the so-called burdensome climate protections – those regulating things like power plant emissions and leasing to coal companiesput in place by the Obama administration. Horrified by this move, many have vowed to jump to their defense.

That’s not enough.

The clean power plan, perhaps the biggest target of today’s executive order, is far from perfect. It’s a parallel of sorts to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. Both policies – however flawed – address deeply pressing crises that will kill millions if left unaddressed. Each are far preferable to nothing, of course. But they were each crafted to appease Republicans, many of whom are funded by the industries (insurance and fossil fuels, namely) that the measures set out to curtail.

Kate Aronoff is a writing fellow at In These Times. She covers elections and the politics of climate change. 

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Capitalism's war on climate science, James Plested, Red Flag / SocialistWorker.org

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A system that puts profits above humanity can't address an existential threat to our future. 

 

Capitalism's war on climate science

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A system that puts profits above humanity can't address an existential threat to our future. 

 

James Plested, Red Flag / SocialistWorker.org

 

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https://socialistworker.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/425/images/289704683_3dd8ca6d65_o.jpgMarch 1, 2017 | The Earth revolves around the sun. That was the simple proposition that resulted in 17th century Italian scientist and astronomer Galileo falling foul of Catholic authorities, who banned his works and placed him under permanent house arrest. The idea espoused by Galileo and other scientists was, according to a Papal Condemnation of June 1633, "formally heretical, because it is expressly contrary to Holy Scripture."

According to scripture, the earth was the center of the universe, and the sun, the moon and the planets all revolved around it. Anyone who dared to contradict this view was silenced. The authority of the church--the ideological "glue" that held together Italian society at the time and enabled its rulers to continue in their position of power and privilege--depended on it.

James Plested is a Melbourne writer, graphic designer and long-time leftist sports fan.

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Neoliberalism Is Killing Us: Economic Stress as a Driver of Global Depression and Suicide

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It's time we addressed the economic drivers behind the global spikes in depression and suicide. 

Noelle Sullivan, Truthout

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http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2011/01/31/2014092742.gif  Sunday, April 02, 2017 | In anticipation of World Health Day on April 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report showing rates of depression increased 18 percent between 2005 and 2015, now estimated to afflict over 300 million people worldwide. Approximately 800,000 people commit suicide each year. According to the WHO, poverty and unemployment are leading causes.

To be sure, mental health services are in critically short supply globally. While often correlated with poverty, mental illnesses can cause misery regardless of one's socioeconomic status.

Noelle Sullivan is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Global Health Studies and Anthropology at Northwestern University and a Public Voices Fellow with The Op-Ed Project.

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Series | The Crisis of American Healthcare - Part Two

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  • Why is the healthcare system in the US so chaotic and prohibitively expensive? The answer lies in the fact that the market, rather than state intervention, is the primary factor that shaped how healthcare is provided for the majority.
  • Related: The Crisis of American Healthcare - Part 1
  • Related: Column: The fake freedom of U.S. health care

Parson Young, Socialist Appeal

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https://i.cbc.ca/1.2004704.1381560363!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_1180/hi-hospital-elderly-852-cp.jpg Monday, March 27, 2017 | The “market-based” solution to healthcare pursued by the US government had a formative effect on how medical facilities are run in the US. The passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1966 offered federal reimbursements to hospitals caring for patients of age 65 or older, or deemed “medically indigent” by the state. This qualitatively pivoted the way medicine and public health developed in the US. The AFL-CIO participated in the campaign for Medicare, but its participants were primarily retirees rather than active workers. Medicare to this day remains the primary single-payer health insurance provider in the US. While it was indeed a byproduct of progressive struggles in the 1960s, just as all positive reforms, it falls short of being a comprehensive system for all, and remains heavily reliant on the fluctuations and anarchy of the medical market.

With the rising costs of constantly improving technology, the financial incentives provided by Medicare drove most privately owned hospitals to create a variety of business models to game the system. This led to the practice of creating a variety of medical services that can be mass produced and sold repeatedly to elderly patients. Hospitals became increasingly profit-driven—even non-profits. Physician-owned specialist clinics centered on lucrative fields like orthopedics, surgery, and cardiology also began to rise. Less profitable departments and disciplines were sidelined, then shut down. Starting in the 1980s, a process of centralization began in which hospitals were closed or absorbed in a wave of hospital mergers that continued into the 1990s. In 1996 alone, as many as 768 hospitals were involved in 235 merger deals.

Parson Young is from Taiwan.

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Column: The fake freedom of U.S. health care, Anu Partanen, New York (NY) Times

No health care system is perfect. But in a nation that purports to champion freedom, the outdated disaster that is the U.S. health care system is taking that freedom away.

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