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Things look great for Democrats — until they consider California's top-two primary 19.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

We now have the full picture of how the California primary will appear 77 days from now. The race for governor has 28 candidates.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein will need to worry about outgoing Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, and not one of the unknown GOP candidates on the ballot.

And despite...

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'Medicare for All' enjoys broad support - but pollsters worry that it hasn't been tested 19.3.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Pollsters caution expanding Medicare into a basic universal coverage program, paid for through higher tax rates, has not been tested in a competitive election.
Donald Trump Is Determined to Privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs 18.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
President Donald Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speak during a Veterans Affairs Department "telehealth" event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on Thursday, August 3, 2017. (Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images) The news, commentary and analysis published at Truthout are vital to the battle for a better tomorrow. Will you stand with us as we drown out hatred and hyperbole with truth? Show your support for meaningful journalism by making a one-time or monthly donation today. Aaron Hughes, who was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in 2003 and 2004, now has a serious, very rare lung condition. But he told In These Times he gets "really outstanding care" at the nearby Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. "The doctors are at the top of their class," he said. Because his condition is so rare, Hughes has been sent to a hospital outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for specific tests. And his taste of the private healthcare system has been ...
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Medical tourists, undocumented immigrants and ballooning costs: California's path to single payer is rocky 17.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

After state Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) pulled the plug last year on a fast-moving but half-baked Senate bill to guarantee premium-free health insurance to all Californians, the nurses union that sponsored the legislation called it a “cowardly act” and threatened to push for a...

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Democrats' midterm choices: Liberals, moderates, both? 16.3.2018 AP Politics
ATLANTA (AP) -- Pennsylvania's Conor Lamb and Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, the new miracle men of the Democratic Party, offer a clear model for how to run in Republican territory: Focus on economics, not guns, immigration or President Donald Trump....
Former state Controller Steve Westly decides not to run for California governor despite speculation 15.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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California legislators join student protests over gun laws 14.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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Single-payer healthcare would take years to develop in California, legislative report says 14.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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Villaraigosa is right, single-payer healthcare in California is a political pipe dream 12.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Antonio Villaraigosa thinks he has a solid weapon to hammer Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom with as they run for governor. And he probably does.

It’s Newsom’s strong support for creating a state-run, single-payer health insurance program.

That may sound too wonky and eye-glazing for use as campaign ammunition....

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Let’s have a good-faith argument about socialism 12.3.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
A serious conversation should examine data from modern Nordic states, not horror stories about Stalinism.
California's watchdog agency approved record number of settlements for ethics and campaign violations last year 6.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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Comedian Patton Oswalt to host fund-raiser for candidate hoping to unseat GOP Rep. Steve Knight 6.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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Villaraigosa challenges Newsom to one-on-one debate over single-payer healthcare 5.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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New Proposal Designed to Confuse Public and Prevent Medicare for All 2.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The Center for American Progress, a Washington-based Democratic Party think tank funded by Wall Street, including private health insurers and their lobbying group, unveiled a new health care proposal designed to confuse supporters of Medicare for All and protect health insurance profits. Activists march in support of Medicare for All on June 25, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Molly Adams ) Help preserve a news source with integrity at its core: Donate to the independent media at Truthout. The Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington-based Democratic Party think tank  funded by Wall Street , including private health insurers and their lobbying group, unveiled  a new healthcare proposal  designed to confuse supporters of Medicare for All and protect private health insurance profits. It is receiving widespread coverage in 'progressive' media outlets. We must be aware of what is happening so that we are not fooled into another 'public option' dead end [1] . The fact that CAP is using ...
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Today: On Healthcare, Democrats Are Playing the Long Game 28.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

To deal with the shortcomings of Obamacare, Democrats see the expansion of existing public programs as a more pragmatic and politically viable way forward.


On Healthcare, Democrats Are Playing the Long Game

Democrats have spent a lot of time defending Obamacare from Republicans trying...

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Finally, a single-payer, universal healthcare proposal that would work for everyone 28.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Up to now, single-payer and universal health coverage proposals in the U.S. have foundered on one shoal or another: They’re ungodly expensive; they replace plans that people like; they’re too sudden; they’re not sudden enough; they’re politically impossible, etc., etc., etc.

But now take a look...

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Democrats considering a new strategy to expand health coverage as frustrations build with Obamacare 28.2.2018 LA Times: Nation

After spending most of 2017 defending the Affordable Care Act from GOP attacks, a growing number of Democrats believe the law’s reliance on private insurance markets won’t be enough and the party should focus instead on expanding popular government programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

The emerging...

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West Virginia Teachers Are Showing How Unions Can Win Power Even If They Lose "Janus" 27.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Monday's  "Workers' Day of Action,"  organized by AFL-CIO affiliates and labor groups, aimed to show the labor movement's opposition to a verdict for the plaintiffs in Janus v. AFSCME, which begins oral arguments before the Supreme Court on Monday. Unions fear their power will be diminished if the Court rules against AFSCME, as it is expected to do, and restricts public-sector unions from collecting fees from non-members to pay for collective bargaining. The Right  intends to use Janus to gut public employee unions,  weakening what is the strongest constituency in organized labor. This in turn will greatly diminish labor's strength as a progressive force.    Public employee unions are right to be worried, and yet, as today's demonstrations evidenced, on the eve of oral arguments labor is still grappling with how to protect workers' rights. The protest's slogan, "It's about freedom," mimics the Right's own language when it argues that unions shouldn't be able to collect fees from workers who don't want to ...
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Five reporters went to the California Democratic Party convention. Here's what we learned. 26.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

California Democrats emerged from their annual convention Sunday with a unified enemy in President Trump and congressional Republicans, but remained divided on how to topple either from power. Some called for impeachment. Some said the party must be more progressive. Some said single-payer healthcare...

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Bernie Sanders Wants to Be a Kingmaker in the Race for Congress 24.2.2018 Mother Jones
The 2016 election may never end but the 2018 election has already begun in earnest. Although Democrats in Wisconsin won’t hold their primary until August, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders traveled to southeast Wisconsin Saturday to stump for Randy Bryce, the Racine ironworker who is running against Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Bryce, who is facing […]
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