It's not a debate.
It's a cry for justice.
Medicare for all.
Barry Grey and Kate Randall (WSWS) point out:
Barack Obama had the gall to denounce the Senate health bill as a “massive transfer of wealth from the middle class and poor families to the richest people in America.” True enough! But Trump is taking off where Obama left off. By means of trillions in Wall Street bailouts and subsidies to the banks and hedge funds that lifted stock prices and corporate profits to record heights, Obama presided over the greatest transfer of wealth from the bottom to the top in US history. Along the way he slashed auto workers’ wages and city workers’ pensions and health benefits and imposed brutal cuts in food stamps.
The explosion of the opioid and heroin epidemic that, along with surging suicide rates, is cutting the longevity of large sections of workers occurred on Obama’s watch. His Affordable Care Act set the stage for Trump’s intensified offensive on health care, slashing health care costs for corporations and the government while increasing out-of-pocket costs and reducing benefits for tens of millions of workers. It implemented the principle of partially subsidizing the purchase of insurance from private companies with government vouchers—the framework long advocated by Republicans seeking to privatize Medicare.
The current policy of the Democrats is to plead with the Republicans to negotiate a bipartisan “compromise” that will “fix” Obamacare, i.e., make further concessions to the profit-mad insurance giants by more drastically slashing benefits and raising premiums and deductibles.
The choice offered by the ruling class—between “Trumpcare” and “Obamacare”—is no choice at all. Both lead to untold suffering, misery and death. The working class will not accept the destruction of social gains for which it fought and bled, wrenching them from an unwilling corporate elite in the course of mass social struggles.
That's the reality of Barack.
And ObamaCare isn't worth saving.
We need Medicare for all.
Three words: Medicare for all.
It's not that difficult.
"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Chaos and violence continue, Tony Blair's biggest groupie continues to throb for the War Hawk, and much more.
Drone video shows the immense destruction as civilians flee ISIS in Mosul, Iraq cnn.it/2sL1Ryr
Day 247 of The Mosul Slog.
Yes, it still drags on.
IS counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall Iraq push
247 days and counting.
And it was supposed to be over in weeks (not by the end of 2016 as REUTERS maintains here).
He can announce it in five seconds, won't change the fact that this operation took 247 days.
Nor will it change the fact that Mosul is destroyed from US-led coalition bombings.
Would he have done that to a Shi'ite majority city?
Of course not.
SO many look the other way as the destruction continues.
Not as dark as the skies over Iraq in 2003.
John Rentoul is a propagandist who writes for THE INDEPENDENT.
He whored for Tony Blair before the start of the Iraq War and all the way to this very day.
There's no accountability.
He's held to no standard.
And that's part of the problem.
That's in England.
In the US, MOTHER JONES hires pro-war pundits who promoted the Iraq War.
There was no accountability on any level.
And the lesson was: Look the other way.
Which is what happened on so many levels.
The DNC spent the last election cycle trying to bully and push around young people.
What they didn't get was that it's easy for old whores to look the other way but the young were not going to do the same.
We saw it on campus after campus in the last years.
We saw the young people turning against so-called 'independent media' that were nothing but propaganda mills for the Democratic Party.
This should be a time for independent media to flourish but it whored out.
Whether we're talking THE NATION or PACIFICA RADIO, they whored out.
And we spent many years warning that the young were watching.
The Iraq War demonstrated many things and it surely destroyed faith in corporate media.
But, as the years passed, it also demonstrated that so-called independent media was no better.
Norman Solomon thinks he can sneak back in.
He's laughed at on campuses, he's the punchline to a dirty joke.
They had professors who used his book on war or referenced Norman's 'activism.'
But that was long ago.
And he went into hiding when Barack Obama was president.
Eight years as the Iraq War raged.
How stupid does a Norman Solomon think people are?
And while some older people will go along, the enthusiasm and passion of the youth will not play.
They haven't been co-opted and beaten down for years the way so many have.
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