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 'Tennessee is one of the 14 states that still refuse s to expand Medicaid under the ACA. Here is the reality: America’s rural health care crisis is largelya direct result of political decisions which  has denied health insurance to millions who could have had it with a stroke of the pen. Rural hospitals are closing, rural doctors leaving, in large part because people can’t afford to pay for care. The simple fact is that the Republicans who run Tennessee and other “non-expansion” states have chosen to inflict misery on many of their constituents, rural residents in particular. And it’s not even about money. Just compare Tennessee with Kentucky which expanded Medicaid, and did its best to make Obamacare work. The result was a two-thirds drop in the uninsurance rate. This isn’t a problem of policy, it’s a problem of politics — and most of the blame lies with Republican state governments.

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I know, our government has never been perfect but inflicting misery on people is the policy of the US government, along with demolishing public education to inflict poverty.


And what about the candidates who invoke Roosevelt's famous declaration that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" is routinely deployed to blast President Trump for stoking hate and fear.

"There's a right way and a wrong way to revive Roosevelt. Before we allow anyone to assume his mantle, let's separate candidates merely seeking inspiration for big ideas from those misappropriating his legacy." What happened to Roosevelt's complicated legacy?

Let's talk about ideas!

"Roosevelt's dream of "cradle to grave" coverage animates proposals for baby bonds, universal pre-K and Medicare for All. His ambitious and environmentally prescient Civilian Conservation Corps, which employed three million men and planted three billion trees in less than a decade, is the progenitor of the "Green New Deal" and various impressive national service proposals, whether proponents of those plans know it or not".





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