President Barack Obama's signature on the Affordable Care Act, March 23, 2010. Wikimedia.org.
With the 2020 election season beginning to heat up, corporate money-fueled Democrats, along with think tanks, like the Center for American Progress, have begun their full-court press against Medicare for All.
We’ve seen a myriad of bad faith criticisms of Medicare for All from these camps over the last several months: it’s too expensive, too divisive, or it’s a nebulous, poorly defined concept. These are ridiculous criticisms that have been well-dispensed with elsewhere.
It’s equally important, however, to examine the positive case being made for the M4A alternatives rolled out by lawmakers like Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Brian Schatz. It’s critical for socialists to evaluate these cases and respond to them, so as not to find themselves constantly on the defensive. Doing so allows us to examine the faulty logic underlying these proposals, and rearticulate our positive vision for universal, comprehensive, and free healthcare for everyone in the country.
One thing that will immediately jump out to any attentive reader is that in talking point after talking point, the same few themes crop up.
The following quotes from my own... (read more)