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Pelosi Sabotages Medicare for All, But Corporate Media Pretend Not to Notice

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"It is unacceptable that Americans pay vastly more than people in other countries for the exact same drugs, often made in the exact same place. This is wrong, this is unfair, and together we will stop it. We will stop it fast. I am asking the Congress to pass legislation that finally takes on the problem of global freeloading and delivers fairness and price transparency for American patients."

"Passage of Medicare for All would open Pandora's box, shattering the corporate consensus on endless austerity and the sanctity of the 'market.'"

In light of the Primus presentation, it is clear that Pelosi had her "Grand Bargain" with Trump and the GOP in mind when she spoke of "a responsibility to seek common ground where we can," shortly after the polls closed in November. "Openness and transparency, accountability [and] bipartisanship [are] a very important part of how we will go forward."

Pelosi's game plan to deal with single payer supporters in her own party is exactly the opposite: subversion and backdoor deals to undermine Medicare for All, in secret.

The corporate media is part of the conspiracy of silence on Pelosi's undercover Medicare for All machinations, just as they collude in ignoring Bernie Sanders' steady stream of speeches on this issue and a slew of wildly popular proposals that would end private exploitation of a whole range of services to the people. Although single payer healthcare would directly benefit most businesses that employ workers, by eliminating profit-driven insurance payments and driving down drug and hospital costs, passage of Medicare for All would open Pandora's box, shattering the corporate consensus on endless austerity and the sanctity of the "market." Nobody but the Lords of Capital believes in the "market," which is nothing but the state-protected right to profiteer from essential human needs. To preserve the fiction that "there is no alternative" to capitalist markets (Margaret Thatcher), the corporate media erases the people's public options through its control of the political narrative.

"Bernie Sanders can't grasp the connection."

That's what Russiagate is really about - not fantasy plotters in Moscow, but silencing actual dissent to the corporate narrative at home. Unfortunately, Bernie Sanders and his brand of Democrat "socialists" can't grasp the connection. They embrace the half of the corporate narrative that justifies endless war with Russia, China, Syria, and now Venezuela - while rejecting its twin: endless austerity. And then they wonder why the corporate narrative is just as hostile to single payer, free college tuition and a Green New Deal as it is to Putin, Assad and Maduro. Which leaves them at the mercy of their conniving corporate overseer, Nancy Pelosi.

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Glen Ford is aveteran of Black radio, television, print and Internet news and commentary. He is executive editor of BlackAgendaReport.com and was co-founder of BlackCommentator.com.

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