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Who's Afraid Of Medicare For All?

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Not ordinary Democrats or independents just insurance companies, lobbyists, and old-line politicians.

Demonstrators at a Medicare for All rally in Los Angeles.
Demonstrators at a Medicare for All rally in Los Angeles.
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We might expect that corporate billionaires and Koch-funded Republican right-wingers would be howl-at-the-moon opponents of a wealth tax, Medicare-for-All, and other big progressive ideas to help improve the circumstances of America's workaday majority.

But Democrats, too? Unfortunately, yes. Not grassroots activists, but a gaggle of don't-rock-the-corporate-boat, fraidy-cat elected Democrats.

Excuse me, but in my speeches and writings I say "Medicare for All" a lot and far from cowering, people stand up and cheer. In fact, the New York Times just reported that 81 percent of Democrats (and two-thirds of Independents) support Medicare for All. Even apple pie doesn't score that high!

It's simply a lie that the people are "afraid" of the idea of everyone getting public-financed health care.

So who really fears it? Three special-interest groups: Insurance company profiteers, Big Pharma price gougers, and the political insiders hooked on funding from those corporations.

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