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Don’t Leave Health Care to a Free Market

Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, at the Capitol last month. Credit Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency

Republicans, and many Democrats, need to be honest with themselves and the public: If they want medicine to be truly free-market, then they have to be willing to let the next man or woman they find lying unconscious in the street remain there and die.

Farzon A. Nahvi, New York (NY) Times

July 10, 2017 | When it comes to health care coverage, House Speaker Paul Ryan says, “We’re going to have a free market, and you buy what you want to buy,” and if people don’t want it, “then they won’t buy it.” In this model of health care, the patient is consumer, and he must decide whether the goods and services he wants to protect his life are worth the cost.

But this is often impossible. And what Republicans, and many Democrats, forget to stress, is that in a totally free market health care system, you must be willing to let some patients die.

Farzon A. Nahvi, New York (NY) Times Op-Ed Contributor,  is an emergency medicine physician and an instructor of emergency medicine in New York City.

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How Single-Payer Will Be Achieved, Antonio Balmer, the Socialist Revolution

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How Single-Payer Will Be Achieved

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Though such reforms are now considered common sense, the Democrats can't and won't deliver. Only a mass independent political force—with single payer placed at the top of its agenda—is capable of winning this fight. 

Antonio Balmer, the Socialist Revolution

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October 19, 2017 | “A political struggle is in its essence a struggle of interests and forces, not of arguments.” —Trotsky, Revolution Betrayed

Firing the opening shot in his new offensive in the battle for single-payer, Bernie Sanders presented his open-and-shut case in a New York Times Op-Ed piece:


“Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive healthcare to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is designed to maximize profits for big insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, Wall Street and medical equipment suppliers?”

Although every sector of the capitalist economy without exception can be described as “enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and designed to maximize profits for big [companies and] Wall Street,” the US healthcare crisis is unrivalled in its glaring absurdity as an expression of capitalism’s historical impasse. With annual revenues of $3.3 trillion, the healthcare industry accounts for nearly a fifth of US GDP.

Antonio Balmer writes for the Socialist Revolution the publication of the International Marxist Tendency in the United States.

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How Big Medicine can ruin Medicare for all, Phillip Longman, the Guardian

‘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.
 

 

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Special Report | Trump’s Dangerously Burdensome, Costly, Deregulatory, Coherent Agenda (3)

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  • Part 1: Trump’s Burdensome and Costly Deregulatory Agenda
    • Trump’s willful blindness to the benefits of commonsense safeguards will lead to tremendous costs for the American people.
  • Part 2: Donald Trump’s Dangerously Coherent Agenda
    • President Trump’s disturbingly coherent agenda is based around militarism, austerity, social division, voter suppression, and right-wing authoritarianism.
  • Part 3: In Trump’s Budget, America Comes Last
    • Throwing money at the Pentagon, while cutting everywhere else, betrays the president’s promise to rebuild our country.

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Part 1: Trump’s Burdensome and Costly Deregulatory Agenda

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Even this narrow analysis makes clear: Trump’s willful blindness to the benefits of commonsense safeguards will lead to tremendous costs for the American people.
 

Sam Berger, Center for American Progress 

October 2, 2017 | Yesterday, the White House held an event discussing the steps the Trump administration has taken to eliminate commonsense protections for consumers, workers, and the environment, as well as Trump’s plans to continue these efforts in the coming year. The Trump administration has touted lower regulatory costs, but it has ignored the effects of its policies on regulatory benefits. Discussing regulatory costs without benefits is like a business making decisions about what to produce without considering the profit from each sale: It makes no sense and leads to bad outcomes.

The administration has claimed that its deregulatory actions will save businesses $18 billion a year. But it has ignored the lost benefits from stripping away these protections. Eliminating just three regulations Trump is targeting—Waters of the United States rule, the Clean Power Plan, and the fiduciary rule—would result in $28.3 billion in lost benefits, significantly more than the supposed savings from all of Trump’s deregulatory actions. Repealing these three regulations would have an annual cost of $22.1 billion. Trump’s willful blindness to the benefits of commonsense safeguards will lead to tremendous costs for the American people's health, their financial well-being, and the environment.

Sam Berger is the senior policy adviser at American Progress. His areas of expertise include health care policy, government reform, regulatory policy, appropriations, and administrative law.

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Part 2: Donald Trump’s Dangerously Coherent Agenda

  • President Trump’s agenda is disturbingly coherent, and it is based around militarism, austerity, social division, voter suppression, and right-wing authoritarianism.
  • While Trump tweets, rights and protections are being eroded.

Tampa Bay (FL) Times Editorial
 
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | President Donald Trump was at it again Tuesday, battling the NFL over players standing for the national anthem and continuing his Twitter war with an influential Republican senator. That diverts attention from his administration's steady dismantling of protections for women, equal rights for the LGBT community and efforts to combat climate change. The president who as a candidate criticized President Barack Obama for changing policy by executive authority has adopted the same approach. The difference is Trump is turning back the clock to an era that was more discriminatory and less enlightened.

Within the last week, the damage has been significant. The administration issued new rules that immediately made it harder for women to get birth control by making it easier for employers to refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. One of the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act required most employers to provide workers with birth control coverage without co-payments. Unable to repeal the health care law, Trump simultaneously chips away at its benefits and tries to starve it to death.

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Part 3: In Trump’s Budget, America Comes Last

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Throwing money at the Pentagon, while cutting everywhere else, betrays the president’s promise to rebuild our country.

Katrina vanden Heuvel, the Nation 

March 21, 2017 | President Trump’s “America First” budget is headlined by its big hike in military spending, which Trump touts as “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” The buildup is “paid for” by cuts in civilian programs, including savage cuts to the State Department, UN programs, foreign aid and the Environmental Protection Agency and anything related to climate change. In fulfilling his campaign pledge to throw money at the Pentagon, Trump is undermining his oft-promised America First foreign policy.

Trump’s budget document misleadingly claims that the “military’s depletion under President Obama is our foremost challenge.” In fact, the United States already spends nearly 40 percent of all the money spent globally on defense and more than the next 12 highest military spenders combined. (The hawkish GOP Senator John McCain of Arizona complained that Trump’s budget calls for only a 3 percent increase over Barack Obama’s last budget.) Yet on top of the billions already being poured into the military, Trump wants to add 60,000 active-duty soldiers to the Army, 78 ships and submarines to the Navy, 12,000 Marines, 1,200 active Air Force fighter planes, plus enhanced missile defense, cyber-capabilities and more.

Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of the Nation.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act Is Under Threat

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  • There’s no entity in charge of ensuring that businesses comply with the ADA. So the onus is almost always on people with disabilities to challenge violations.
  • Related: Henry Giroux | A New American Revolution: Can We Break Out of Our Nation’s Culture of Cruelty?

 

Kristin Miller, Moyers & Company / Portside

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http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/shutterstock_129978953.jpg September 22, 2017 | The optics were bad enough when disabled Americans were being dragged out of capital buildings as they protested potential loss of benefits in the first two iterations of Republican health care bills. For the protestors it was all about Medicaid. The Senate bill did away with Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion which would drop millions of low-income Americans from the rolls. And the bill completely changed the way Medicaid is financed — getting rid of open-ended funding and moving toward a “per-capita” system. The new Graham-Cassidy bill under consideration needs to be voted on within the next week to get an easy pass with just 51 votes. Like its predecessors, it also halts Medicaid expansion and turns Medicaid dollars over to the states to determine spending.

But disability advocates have even more reason to be distressed by the policies of the Republican administration. Long a dream of the Chamber of Commerce, the real estate industry and those who see “frivolous lawsuits” around every corner, the Americans with Disabilities Act is in danger of having its bite removed. Just after celebrating the 27th birthday of the act, signed into law by President George H.W. Bush, up pops (H.R. 620) The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.

Kristin Miller is a senior producer for Billmoyers.com. She has worked on Now with Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason, Moyers on America and Bill Moyers Journal. She’s also been a producer for TED, Sesame Street and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Henry Giroux | A New American Revolution: Can We Break Out of Our Nation’s Culture of Cruelty? Henry Giroux, Rise Up Times / Salon / Moyers & Company

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  • Fighting back against the right’s politics of exclusion can be a path toward rebuilding American democracy.
  • It is about a culture of cruelty that is buttressed by a moral coma.
  • Related: There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

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