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Single Payer Now - III
by Bill Carpenter ( wcarpent [at] ccsf.edu )
Friday Jun 24th, 2011 10:57 PM
The U.S. already has a single payer system for old folks: Medicare. Why not just put everyone in Medicare? That's actually been done in one American city, and Dennis Kelly, head of the teachers' union in San Francisco, tells how Libby, Montana, did it. Then Greg Brockbank, who is running to be mayor of San Rafael, tells what's going to have to be done once S.B. 810 becomes law in California: the Health Insurance Corp's will do their best to sabotage it by holding the law up to referendum. Once their referendum is defeated at the polls, Single Payer (Medicare for All) will finally go into effect in California. And lastly Jean Taylor, Church Women United, lays out some statistics showing that then it'll be young people who will really benefit from the Medicare-type universal coverage of S.B. 810.

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Part 1: Youth Mojo
Part 2: Karen Smulevitz
Part 3: Dennis Kelly, Greg Brockbank, and Jean Taylor

How Libby, Montana, got medicare for all!

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by Konsider
Saturday Jun 25th, 2011 2:36 AM
Part of the problem I think has to do with the timidity on the part of those opposed to the health insurance companies. It's really sad how compromising much of the left is to what basically comes down to cold blooded murder. "Please don't let us die. Look, there's an American city that let's it's citizens live. See, you could be just as nice too. Come on, let us live please". And if some of you out there think that cold blooded murder is too exaggerated, I' d advise looking back at the statistics. I guess most are probably conscious of this connection, but I have to wonder given the shear lack of militancy on the part of so many demonstrators. I am not knocking the struggle for single payer, rather I am calling for that struggle to be put into perspective, and reevaluated. The issue is simply way to serious. In a sense cooptation wasn't even necessary on the part of the elite, because so many activists basically restricted the perimeters of the struggle before it began. Please is not enough.