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On Defending Medicare, The Best Defense Is A Good Offense, Demanding Medicare For All Now.

It is not enough to demand that Medicare not be cut. That is what Bernie is calling on us to demand right now, which is fine as far as it goes. But to really protect Medicare at all our strategy must be to demand more. We must demand that it be expanded instead. That means Medicare for all. Now.

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January 1, 2017 | On health care as in so many other areas, the best defense is a good offense. Even if you believe that so-called Obamacare is a swell thing, even if all you are interested in doing is defending it, the best way to do that is to go on offense and demand something better, which is Medicare for All. 

The Republican agenda is not just to disable the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA). They want to privatize Medicare, that is, to cut profit taking middlemen in on the action, and to gut Medicaid. God forbid that the health of our disadvantaged fellow citizens should be in the national interest of the health of all of us. This is now epidemics start. 

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Series | A Living Earth Economy, Part 5: Capitalism or Socialism? There’s an Even Better Option

  • Bernie Sanders’ popular campaign suggests that many Americans aren't afraid of socialism anymore. But real democracy is an even better alternative to capitalism.
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David Korten, Yes! Magazine   Journalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button above to make a contribution and support our work. 06, 2016, 2016 | Politics and polling data reveal a remarkable shift in American attitudes toward socialism. More Democrats now view socialism favorably (42 percent) than unfavorably (34 percent). Among young adults, socialism does even better with a 43 percent favorable view vs. only 26 percent unfavorable. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic Socialist, has surprised the establishment with the strength of his campaign. He is especially popular among Millennials, the generation positioned to define America’s future.

So is the United States turning to socialism?

David Korten wrote this article for YES! Magazine as part of his new series of biweekly columns on “A Living Earth Economy.” David is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, president of the Living Economies Forum, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, a member of the Club of Rome, and the author of influential books, including When Corporations Rule the World and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. His work builds on lessons from the 21 years he and his wife, Fran, lived and worked in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on a quest to end global poverty

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Noam Chomsky: The US Health System Is an "International Scandal" -- and ACA Repeal Will Make It Worse

(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout; Adapted: Thomasjphotos)

  • The prevailing situation reminds us of the words of John Dewey: "Power today resides in control of the means of production, exchange, publicity, transportation and communication. Whoever owns them rules the life of the country," even if democratic forms remain. "Until those institutions are in the hands of the public, he continued, politics will remain "the shadow cast on society by big business."
  • Related: Three reasons the US doesn’t have universal health coverage

C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout Thursday, January 12, 2017 | Changes are coming to America's health care system. Not long from now, the Affordable Care Act could be history. President-elect Donald Trump wants to repeal so-called Obamacare, although he is now urging Republicans to repeal and replace it at the same time. But replace it with what?

The political culture of the most powerful nation in the world is such that it vehemently defends the right of people to buy guns but opposes the right to free and decent health care for all its citizens. In all likelihood, the Trump health care plan will be one based on "free market principles." Under such a plan, as Noam Chomsky notes in the exclusive interview for Truthout that follows, poor people are likely to suffer most. In other words, the scandalous nature of the US health care system is bound to become even more scandalous in the Trump era. Welcome back to the future.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

C.J. Polychroniou is a political economist/political scientist who has taught and worked in universities and research centers in Europe and the United States. His main research interests are in European economic integration, globalization, the political economy of the United States and the deconstruction of neoliberalism's politico-economic project.

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Three reasons the US doesn’t have universal health coverage, Timothy Callaghan, Raw Story

  • As long as these facts remain, there is little reason to expect universal coverage in America anytime soon, regardless of who becomes president.
  • Related: Health Care Is A Right, Not A Business


Day Against Climate Denial

The climate is changing, and anyone who denies it shouldn't be in the White House cabinet. It's up to the Senate to stop these nominations -- and up to us to show up in person to tell our Senators to fight Trump's Climate Denial Cabinet.

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December 29, 2016 | On January 9th, people in all 50 states will send a message to every US Senator: reject Donald Trump's reckless climate denying cabinet nominees.

The Day Against Denial will fight back against some of Trump’s most dangerous cabinet picks:

- Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, for Secretary of State
- Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator
- Ex-Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy
- Rep. Ryan Zinke for Department of Interior

Join us at the Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office.

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MN350 is the Minnesota Division of, a grassroots climate campaign founded by Bill McKibben.