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Tue Mar 28, 2017, 05:46 AM Mar 2017

Five Lessons From Trumpcare's Collapse...there's no better time to fight for single-payer. [View all]


4. National single-payer is the next step.

In fact, this is already happening. “In the wake of the Republican failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday, leading figures in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are rallying behind a single-payer health insurance,” a Huffington Post article over the weekend began. “Sanders to offer single-payer health care plan,” a headline in Politico yesterday read. Democratic congressman John Conyers reintroduced his single-payer bill in the House earlier this year.

And most importantly, activist groups are organizing with muscle and creativity throughout the country.

The iron is clearly quite hot. With the death of the right-wing challenge, single-payer is the alternative to the health care status quo. Various half-measures are not worth it at this point. For instance, a “public option” is sometimes described as a way to shore up private health insurance exchanges, but that’s precisely what we’re not trying to do. We’re trying to replace them.

5. This is a winnable battle.

A majority of the country wants single-payer. Both physicians and nurses voice strong support. And now the conservative alternative has been disgraced. Politicians have yet to follow the populace, but, with enough grassroots activism, they can be pressured and flipped, or — if recalcitrant — confronted with primary challenges or defeated at the polls. The insurance industry will no doubt fight to the death, but it’s enormously unpopular, and surmountable.


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