There’s No Free Lunch

  I saw an estimate in the trillions for “Medicare for All,” and it got me thinking about the humbug that passes for political discourse these days. I don’t care whether you’re a diehard conservative or a doctrinaire Socialist, you’ll probably agree there’s no free lunch. The government has to find money from somewhere to […]
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Oh, Those Scary Labels!

  Democratic Party bigwigs are reportedly cowering in fear because the base is turning to “Democratic Socialism.” I wish those old fossils would (as one of my readers might put it) get a grip. Yes, the Socialist label has been demonized in America. And. yes, some brands of Socialism have failed spectacularly all over the […]
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The Killing of Obamacare

As the Republicans in Congress launch yet another attack on Obamacare, I wonder what they think they would achieve. Why deliberately deprive millions of their health care? Why sabotage Medicaid? What do they think they would gain from inflicting such widespread suffering? The latest proposal would let the states control health insurance, and this would be […]
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The Health Care Puzzle

  I don’t suppose Bernie’s bill to make Medicare available to Americans of all ages will become law. Not as long as Republicans control Congress, anyway. But it would be a great boon to this society. The main stumbling block is opposition from health insurance companies. Understandably, they don’t want to lose their multibillion-dollar market. If I […]
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Kamala Harris for President

  We Jamaicans are not easily intimidated. Ask Kamala Harris. Or, better yet, ask John McCain. Ask Richard Burr. They were among the Republican senators who tried – and failed – to shut her up during recent committee hearings. She kept talking back. Yes, a woman, a black woman, had the temerity to stand up to her […]
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A Time for Outrage

  Is health care a “basic human right,” as some politicians contend? Or is it a privilege, as others insist? And why does it matter? To me, the real question is not about rights. It’s about basic human decency. What kind of person would see a neighbor hurt in a car crash or stricken by […]
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When People are Pawns

  America is losing its most precious asset – its humanity.  I used to think of Americans as generous, compassionate people. And I still see signs of these admirable traits. In the success of so many crowd funding projects, for example… In the open-handed response to the needs of children’s hospitals… In random tales of individual […]
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A Modest Proposal

Clearly, the most logical alternative to Obamacare is a program similar to Canada’s. But that’s “socialism,” and no Republican Congress would agree to anything like that. So I’m offering them a way to give the voters some health care help without antagonizing their benefactors or their base. Nobody has ever accused George W. Bush of being a socialist. Yet when […]
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Boll Weevils Need to Go

The Democratic Party will be doomed to failure if it tries to be a “big tent.” Big tents have no soul, no star to steer by. If you want my vote, stand for something and make it clear what you stand for. Here’s a little poem they taught me at school in Jamaica: Live for something, have […]
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Self Interest? Or Decency?

  At a time when Senate Republicans are shamelessly trying to sneak through their toxic health care law, it is inconceivable that any decent human being would vote for such a party. Surely, the Republican agenda is obvious to everyone by now? Surely, Americans have seen enough of the Trump presidency to be forewarned? So who is still a […]
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