Health Care and Revolution
OK, so it appears the two duopoly political parties are going to make some kind of "compromise" on the health care issue which will include "bailing out" the insurance corporations.
"This week we attended a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee where there was broad bi-partisan support for giving billions more to the insurance industry to “stabilize the market.” The government already gives for-profit insurance $300 billion annually and their stock values have risen dramatically since passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), so the rush to give them more was disheartening."
(From an article by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese about the Medicare for All/Single Payer issue.)
Our oligarchy representatives from both parties have fucked around for most of this year with the republicans trying to repeal Obamacare, at one point proposing to greatly increase the number of uninsured, and the democrats alternately defending Obamacare and moving toward a more unified position for Medicare for All/Single Payer.
Now they're back from their summer vacations, which all Americans get donchaknow, and are ready to do their service to the oligarchy while pretending to care about the peasants.
"The bi-partisan hearing discussed three main points: making sure that public dollars were available to subsidize insurance costs, reinsuring private health insurers so they would be protected if they had to spend ‘too much’ money on health care and incentives to entice private insurers back into areas that are not profitable. Coincidentally, these were the same points raised in the bi-partisan proposal published this year by the Center for American Progress, a Democratic Party think tank financed in part by health insurance lobbyists. Both parties are clearly on the side of health care as a commodity."
Sounds like the bipartisanship we've grown to know and love doesn't it. Zeese and Flowers however came away optimistic about the process playing out. I don't share their optimism, not yet.
"After meeting with Senator Sanders’ staff, we felt more reassured that his intention is to ultimately create a strong National Improved Medicare for All system. There are many provisions in the bill that are to be applauded – providing care to every person in the United States and offering fairly comprehensive coverage – and a few that we will have to work on – such as including long term care, abolishing investor-owned health facilities and a more rapid transition period. On September 13, if all goes well, the text of the bill will be released and we will assess it
The tide is shifting in the United States. The people have the power to finally make the government do the right thing. No more compromises. No more false solutions. Onward to National Improved Medicare for
Notice the part about the "transition period".
So what's all that mean?
As long as there's a republican majority in either the house or the senate, there's no chance of this happening. The duopoly doesn't play that way. It will be a cold day in hell for a Medicare for All/Single Payer system to be passed in a republican controlled Congress and Senate. Even if the democrats win back the house and/or senate, there isn't enough support at this point to pass something as significant and society and oligarchy altering as a nationalized health care system. So the health care issue is going to be the major issue the democrats will use to try to take back the house and senate. Just like last election with the republicans promising to repeal the ACA. It has to be that way, they have no choice at this point. They can't ignore this now even if they have to pretend there will be the proper solution, eventually. We're hearing a lot of that, eventually.
"We need your support." Sanders will play that to the hilt as will most others active in seeking Medicare for All (Improved). But what does that support mean? It means electing more and better democrats. It means "pressuring" your duopoly politicians. That's how they'll get people to stay in the so called veal pen and not break out to bring down this duopoly political system.
Will that work and how long will all it take? Many years, probably decades when considering the "transition period". That's if all else goes reasonably well in that time period, like no WWIII, no economic disaster, no prolonged violent civil unrest, etc. It's already been over twenty years since semi-serious political activity began regarding the U.S. health care system (under Clinton). It's been over eight years since Obamacare was instituted and we have Trump and the republicans for probably the next three plus years.
Even with all that, do you really think the duopoly political parties, controlled by the oligarchy, are going to take down the giant insurance, pharmaceutical, and medical care corporations that are key parts of the oligarchy? Are we really supposed to rely on the democratic and republican political parties, the oligarchy's representatives, to give us Medicare for All/Single Payer? Is the rest of the oligarchy, like the military/security/intelligence security complex, going to look at what's happening to their oligarchy friends and so "who Nellie"? The medical care/pharmaceutical/medical insurance security complex is even bigger than the MIC and inextricably connected to Wall Street and the Big Banks. We're talking trillions per year.
Do you really think our "politicians" in the two major political parties are going to come up with a plan to take THAT down?
Meanwhile, U.S. imperialism and the accompanying economic and military wars, regime changes, genocides, and war crimes will march on. We will still live in an oligarchy. We'll still be literal slaves to the plutocracy. Climate change will go unaddressed. Jobs will continue to disappear. The rich will continue to get richer, inequality and austerity will increase and capitalism will go into hyperdrive prior to killing us all.
Elections will come and go and we'll get fooled again, bet on that.
Maybe the only way to get a nationalized health care system is the same way we'll end gangster capitalism, imperialism and oligarchy/plutocracy. By forming an independent working/lower class people's movement to bypass the duopoly and give a real voice to all people.
Maybe the only way to get a truly nationalized/socialized health care system is a Revolution to take down the corporate/financial oligarchy, it's political duopoly and end capitalism as we know it.
We'll see, because I'm sure the old "elect more and better politicians" thing will be tried again and again, trying to get the duopoly political parties, our Congress and Senate, to get it done for us. That doesn't fill me with optimism.