Shredding the Safety Net

  Bernie Sanders (and others) are sounding the alarm. They see the Republican tax “reform” as the first step in attacking the social safety net. Here’s how it works. First, Congress gives the rich and corporations a massive tax cut that sends the national deficit soaring into the trillions. Then they use the deficit as a pretext […]
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It Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

As Trump and his Republican pals struggle with the mess they’ve made by promising to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, even they are beginning to see it isn’t going to be easy. In a meeting with the country’s governors yesterday, Trump confessed: Nobody knew it could be so complicated. But it’s only complicated because politicians don’t […]
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Perils of Privatization 3

My privatized health care adventure continues to befuddle me. One Home Care Solutions told me (at the last minute) on Friday evening they were not coming to administer my IV infusion, and referred me to Integrated Home Care Services. But Integrated now assures me One Home Care is responsible for my IV infusions under their contract with […]
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Perils of Privatization 2

  You probably won’t believe this but my adventures with privatized health care just got weirder. CarePlus, my new health insurance provider, had told me they used a company named One Home Care Solutions to provide those antibiotic infusions I must have. And I had been calling One Home Care Solutions over the past couple of […]
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Medicare for All. Now.

  The health insurance companies are making the prospect of government run competition look more appealing every day. For example, Aetna (which recently bought out my insurer, Coventry) is opting out of Obamacare in all but four states next year. Aetna is not alone. More than 40 companies have abandoned Obamacare in various states so far. […]
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Bernie is Right – Again

I wonder why Bernie Sanders needs to point out the glaring aberrations in American society. They seem so self evident to me. And evidently to the thousands who flock to his political rallies. So why do they still need to be pointed out? Why, for example, does Bernie – or anyone – need to tell Americans […]
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Bernie’s 12-Point Plan

On the Senate floor last week, Bernie Sanders spelled out a 12-point plan to cure America’s economic and social ills. Needless to say the common-sense solutions fell on stony ground. The plan sounds so sensible to me that I wonder why America’s leaders haven’t adopted it already. Surely, Bernie can’t be the only member of Congress who sees […]
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The Threat to Medicare

I don’t think I could survive without Medicare. As an 80-year-old diabetic with a heart condition, failing kidneys and various other ailments, it would be impossible for me to afford the medical care I need. And I am not alone. Far from it. To many – perhaps most – of us older Americans, Medicare is […]
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The Biggest Losers

In my view, all Americans stand to lose if the Republicans win control of Congress – not just the obvious groups like unions, women, ethnic minorities, students, would-be immigrants and so on. The GOP’s obsolete ideas and plutocratic policies will spell immediate misery for all but the filthy rich. And even they can look forward […]
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Medicare for All!

  Enough fooling around. It’s time to go for a single-payer health insurance system in the US. I know, Republicans will freak out. But so what? They’re freaking out over Obamacare. Not just freaking out but doing everything they can to destroy it. The bizarre reasoning in the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision should send […]
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