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Michael Moore schools Chris Matthews on healthcare: Dependency on boss & insurance profit center

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Michael Moore schools Chris Matthews on the reason why Medicare for All is essential given that healthcare is a human right. He explains the degeneracy of private insurance as he points out why no employee should be dependent on a private company for their insurance.

Chris Matthews brought up the fact that The Culinary Workers Union in Nevada did not endorse any of the Democratic Candidates. Moreover, they seemed to hit Bernie Sanders as they shortsightedly came out against Medicare for All.

According to BuzzFeed,

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 had not been expected to back a candidate in the primary and it didn't. But leadership took time, in a closely watched presser, to criticize any health care proposals that might affect what they've carefully won in Nevada.

"We're going to endorse our goals, what we're doing. That's what we're going to endorse," said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, the secretary-treasurer for the union.

The no-endorsement comes as a blow to Joe Biden who was looking for a late boost as his campaign has struggled in the early states after a week of tension between the union and Bernie Sanders' supporters over health care. (Arguello-Kline called Biden "our friend" on Thursday.)

The largest and arguably most influential union in Nevada, the Culinary Workers Union Local 226's leadership has made it clear that it is not in favor of a Medicare for All proposal because it would ultimately involve giving up union-negotiated health care plans. That left Biden and Pete Buttigieg as the two likely frontrunners for the endorsement. (In 2016, the union did not endorse during the primary, but backed Hillary Clinton in the general election.)

If I were a betting man, I would bet the leadership of this union is on the take to the plutocracy as it is impossible for these hotels and other generally selfish corporations to offer a better deal. That said, Moore, schooled Chris Matthews as to why no employee should be dependent on either private insurance or employer for their health insurance.

The former acts like a slave-driving gatekeeper to deny service to increase the bonuses and profits for executives and shareholders. The latter use health insurance as a weapon to have employees conform to the whims of the corporation.

Michael Moore reminded Matthews that during the General Motors strike the corporation cut the employees'insurance as an attempt to extort a resolution.

General Motors is no longer paying the health care costs for the tens of thousands of auto workers who went on strike on Monday, shifting the costs instead to a union fund. ...

Mary Kay Henry, the president of the Service Employees International Union which represents more than 2 million members slammed the news in a statement, calling it "heartless and unconscionable."

"GM's decision to yank healthcare coverage away from their dedicated employees, in the dead of night, with no warning, is heartless and unconscionable. GM's actions could put people's lives at risk, from the factory worker who needs treatment for their asthma to the child who relies on their parents' insurance for chemotherapy," she said. "Thankfully these men and women have their union, which is making sure working people and their families can continue to get care."

We have got to tip the balance away from corporations and back to the people. As long as these companies continue to get ever-increasing leverage over the lives of the masses, we all then become protagonists in this new antiseptic slavery.

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