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Name: Corbett Kroehler
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Hometown: Orlando
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Industry Group Lying About Medicare For All Loses The American Medical Association

Purveyors of lies during the Obamacare fight, the American Medical Association has awakened to the barbaric immorality of our current system and begun to chart its own path. With a milestone of this magnitude in our rear-view mirror, I am more confident than ever that Medicare For All is our nation's destiny. Healthcare is a human right, except in the Land of the Free, founded on the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You can't exactly do that if you're dead or incapacitated by preventable (sometimes curable) diseases!

Winning Medicare for All Will Require Taking On Powerful Interests. Here’s How We Overcame One.

The American Medical Association’s decision to leave an industry-backed, anti-single payer group didn’t happen on its own. It was the result of dedicated organizing to make healthcare a human right.

November 25, 2019

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The path to winning Medicare Care for All will be a case study of establishment forces doing all they can to detract, block and stave off progress.

With so many entities that profit immensely from our broken healthcare system, we will have to remove countless barriers along the way. The American Medical Association (AMA), a highly influential player in this debate, made a major move in August when it backed out of the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future (PAHCF), the lead industry group created to ensure Medicare for All does not become a reality.

As the movement toward Medicare for All gains steam, with presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren touting the proposal on the campaign trail, the mounting threat to insurance companies and Big Pharma is becoming more and more clear. The end of private insurance, or at least most forms of it, stands as an existential threat to the future of these obscenely profitable corporations.

They should be scared. Close to a majority of Democrats in the U.S. House are now co-sponsoring Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All bill. Healthcare has become a dominant issue in the 2020 Democratic primary. Medicare is one of the most popular programs in American history, and at a time when good jobs with guaranteed healthcare are hard to find, it makes sense that Americans want to expand it.

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Posted by corbettkroehler | Sat Nov 30, 2019, 01:41 PM (37 replies)

Council On Foreign Relations Has 12 Questions For Bernie Sanders

The first four questions were:

1. How, if at all, should China’s treatment of the Uighurs and the situation in Hong Kong affect broader U.S. policy toward China?

2. Would you rejoin the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)? What changes to the existing agreement, if any, would you require before agreeing to rejoin the accord?

3. Would you sign an agreement with North Korea that entailed partial sanctions relief in exchange for some dismantling of its nuclear weapons program but not full denuclearization?

4. What, if any, steps would you take to counter Russian aggression against Ukraine?

[Read all of Bernie's replies here]

[Read the replies of all participants here]
Posted by corbettkroehler | Sat Nov 30, 2019, 01:26 PM (1 replies)

On Climate Change, "Younger Republicans Are More Likely To Side With ... Bernie Sanders"

I have yet to find a more insightful capsulization of the inevitable (political and environmental) collapse caused by the climate denial of so many elected officials.

It's a lovely bonus that this same column reinforces the reason that Bernie continues to thrive and has been endorsed by 3 members of The Squad.

Republicans Have A Climate Change Problem

Jacob Weindling
November 27, 2019

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The literal end of the world as we know it is going to affect each and every one of us whether we believe it is happening or not. This is a fact that transcends political partisanship amongst the generations who must live with the immense failure of our parents and grandparents. Older Republicans essentially adopt the position that climate change does not exist and it is not something to be concerned about, while younger Republicans are more likely to side with the aggressive vision of Bernie Sanders than the know-nothing denialist vision of their elders.

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Posted by corbettkroehler | Thu Nov 28, 2019, 09:56 AM (3 replies)

A Former Clinton Aide on Embracing the Sanders Movement And 'Nonviolent Political Revolution'

When I learned that Peter Daou worked for John Kerry's 2004 run for president, I knew that I liked him a whole lot. Then, I read his whole piece, cross-linked here.

Posted by corbettkroehler | Tue Nov 26, 2019, 03:04 PM (1 replies)

A Former Clinton Aide on Embracing the Sanders Movement And 'Nonviolent Political Revolution'

Here he is in his own words...

A Former Clinton Aide on Embracing the Sanders Movement

How the Trump years drove this one-time establishment insider to call for ‘nonviolent political revolution’

Peter Daou
Nov 26, 2019


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I have begun to question my core assumptions about politics and society, about the meaning of democracy in our dysfunctional two-party system, about the root causes of injustice and inequality.

The irony of my political journey is that my politics during the Bush-Cheney years put me squarely in sync with people like Paul Wellstone and Bernie Sanders. During the early part of the 2016 primary, I was excited by the Sanders campaign and praised him for raising issues like extreme inequality, which I had written about for years. But as the Democratic primary intensified, I hit back hard at any critique of Clinton’s character from right or left. And in the process I alienated many fellow progressives. I never used the term “Bernie Bro,” but I contributed to the narrative that Sanders supporters were all angry white males. I have apologized for that. I apologize here again. For the past two years, I’ve worked hard to build bridges to the Sanders supporters I fought with. And thankfully, they’ve reciprocated.

But my recent metamorphosis has gone beyond just expressing 2016 regrets or warming to Bernie Sanders after opposing him in the last election. I have begun to question my core assumptions about politics and society, about the meaning of democracy in our dysfunctional two-party system, about the root causes of injustice and inequality. I have been studying and learning more about neoliberalism, capitalism, and socialism to educate myself on the deeper structural issues that have led to obscene wealth and power concentrated in the hands of a tiny minority.

Incremental change won’t result in meaningful long-term progress. Democrats winning occasional elections may lead to less draconian policies for a time. And that’s a good thing. But it is always two steps forward and three steps back. Theocrats, plutocrats, and white supremacists are ascendant, consolidating their grip on power.

So, for the 2020 race, I am aligned with the people-powered movement sparked by Sanders. His plan for a systemic overhaul, a fundamental restructuring of our approach to government, is the only viable path to meaningful progress in the United States. His voters have created a mass movement to do it, one that has attracted millions of young people — America’s future. I feel at home in it.

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Posted by corbettkroehler | Tue Nov 26, 2019, 03:02 PM (12 replies)

Mad Props To The "Billionaire Tears" Mug! Senator Warren Has Outdone Herself!

I'm sure that my fellow Berners will join me in offering a cyberspace standing ovation for Senator Warren and everyone on her team involved in the creation of this truly GLORIOUS coffee mug. I only wish I'd thought of it myself.

Well done, all!

Posted by corbettkroehler | Thu Nov 14, 2019, 11:58 AM (9 replies)

Who invited All Of Those Empty Chairs? So Much For "Minnesota Nice"!

Oops! The headlines declaring the death of Sanders' campaign with his health scare didn't reach Minneapolis!

Oh, by the way, the Bernie Blackout continues on CNN.

Fortunately, The Onion nailed the context!

Posted by corbettkroehler | Tue Nov 5, 2019, 06:39 AM (1 replies)

Dr. Donald M. Berwick Ran Medicare Under Obama And Zealously Supports Medicare For All

To everyone decrying M4A as a political loser, a person who knows the numbers inside and out posted a strong retort this week in USA Today.

Stop fearmongering about 'Medicare for All.' Most families would pay less for better care.

The case for Medicare for All is simple. It would cover everyone, period. Done right, it would lower costs. And it would ease paperwork and confusion.


Donald M. Berwick, Opinion Contributor

October 22, 2019

With costs rising painfully, insurance companies denying care and nearly 30 million people still uninsured, America desperately needs an honest health policy discussion. That’s why it has been so disappointing over the past several weeks to watch multiple candidates parrot right-wing attacks on "Medicare for All," like claiming that it will greatly increase spending on health care or ringing alarms about raising taxes on the middle class.

The truth is the opposite: Medicare for All would sharply reduce overall spending on health care. It can be thoughtfully designed to reduce total costs for the vast majority of American families, while improving the quality of the care they get.

Best fix for a patchwork health system

What I saw convinced me that the Affordable Care Act was an essential step forward. But covering all Americans through a single-payer, federal insurance program would now be a wiser path. President Obama has said it himself: It is now time for "good new ideas like Medicare for All."

Posted by corbettkroehler | Thu Oct 24, 2019, 05:03 PM (6 replies)

Maher, "We Can't Have A Female President Because They're Impulsive"

I am 100% Sanders, even knowing that his health has declined since 2016. He is MORE than up to the challenge of resuming his vigorous campaign and of running the country. He had a medical check-up 3 weeks before his myocardial infarction but did what he, himself, described as "stupid", ignored the symptoms. I concur that it was a big mistake.

I remain as convinced as ever that he will win the primary, locking it up by April at the latest, and coast to victory in the general. I know that multiple DUers will be unswayed by my conviction. Fortunately, there's an area where we can find common ground.

Should one of the women vying for the nomination emerge victorious from the convention, I would be first in line on Election Day to cast my ballot for her. You can take that to the bank.

I recall as if it were yesterday the shock I felt in 2016 when people in focus groups denied that a sexist or misogynistic bias existed against Hillary. I even heard from women who believed this. Such garbage! OF COURSE Hillary suffered a bias based on gender.

Leave it to Bill Maher to distill this idiocy of electability into a sound byte. If you would like to jump right to be best part, advance to time stamp 3:49:

Posted by corbettkroehler | Sat Oct 12, 2019, 02:25 PM (66 replies)

@MassAFLCIO Lay Down The M4A Gauntlet - All Or Nothing From Candidates For POTUS

All candidates for POTUS in the 2020 cycle are on notice: if you want to be considered for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO's endorsement, support for Medicare For All is a must!

Massachusetts Unions Vote To Vet Presidential Candidates On Medicare For All, Breaking With Labor’s Top Brass


Members of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO recently passed a unanimous resolution to endorse a presidential candidate only if that candidate supports Medicare for All, marking a break from the labor federation’s national leadership, which has equivocated on the question of whether to support universal health care.

The resolution, which was passed at a late September convention in Massachusetts attended by delegates from AFL-CIO constituent unions across the country, comes after months of comments from labor leaders criticizing Medicare for All, despite support for the measure among their members. In August and September, Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (an AFL-CIO member union), said publicly that they do not currently support a single-payer plan would ban private insurance, despite assurances from Sen. Bernie Sanders, who authored the Medicare for All plan, that a single-payer option would not sacrifice hard-won benefits for union members.

“The Massachusetts AFL-CIO urges the national AFL-CIO to endorse a presidential candidate with a demonstrated commitment to the pro-worker agenda that this body has previously endorsed, including but not limited to a $15-dollar federal minimum wage, ending Right to Work nationwide, and a Medicare for All system that recognizes health care as a human right,” reads the resolution, which was put forward by Beth Kontos, the president of the American Federation of Teachers in Massachusetts.

Posted by corbettkroehler | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 06:17 PM (0 replies)
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