Medicare for all (HR 676) rises again
Here's the announcement, but I don't, unfortunately, see it at Conyers's own website. This time we're starting out with 25 cosponsors, including Pittsburgh's own Mike Doyle. The game's not over.
Vermont and California are making notable state-level efforts, too. However, Margaret Flowers says the Vermont proposal is not true single payer, as it would leave out those currently on Medicare or Medicaid.
And speaking of Margaret Flowers, there's a good interview with her at Healthcare-Now's site, with her take on how to fight the oligarchy:
There are three important principles that will guide effective action. First, our movements, whatever the issue, must be independent of political parties. The Republican and Democratic parties are both controlled by concentrated corporate power. There are some differences between those parties but overall they serve corporate power and not the people. We must be willing to hold all legislators accountable to act on behalf of people even if that means that they lose a few elections until the shift occurs. And independence also includes the media. We will have to make our own media because mainstream media is also controlled by corporate interests.
Second, we must be clear about what we ask for and that is where education comes in. We have the solutions to all of our problems. For health care it is a national single payer health system. For unemployment and the environment, it is investment in green jobs and ending oil and coal dependence. For the economy, it is developing sustainable local economies and ending Wall Street bailouts. And so on. We must educate the public through local events and independent media about these solutions.
And third, we must be uncompromising in our demands. We are too often willing to accept partial or non-solutions to our problems because we are told that what we want is politically infeasible. When we look at health care, we are constantly told that single payer is not politically feasible. We have heard this for decades. However, the legislation that passes which is politically feasible fails to be feasible from a practical standpoint. It simply doesn’t work. The number of un-insured continues to grow and soaring health care costs are destroying our families and businesses. At some point, we have to realize that we determine what is politically feasible because we hold the power of the vote. We must learn to use that power.