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If we don't act to do
something about this and make the world economy work for everybody,
we're going to see a reaction that will make Pat Buchanan look like
a choir boy. Which I'm told he once was.
Why aren't the Democratic
candidates addressing this? They offer their devotion to globalization
as if these markets were made by God rather than investors.
Why? Could it possibly
be the leading candidates in both parties are, by definition, those
who have raised the most money from these same sources? We don't
need a third party. We need a second party.
And what has happened
to the labor movement? What would Walter Reuther say today? Is there
no protest anymore?
We have another tumor:
Health care is a basic
And it's the responsibility
of the federal government to guarantee that human right for everybody.
The only two governments in the developed world that don't guarantee
it are the government of South Africa and the government of the
I think the best way
ever proposed for accomplishing health care in this country was
the Health Security Act S3 -- drawn up by Walter Reuther and Ted
Kennedy, among others. It was a single payer system that gave everyone
access to care and had quality standards for the practice of medicine.
And because it had only one payer, it made it cost less. That bill
was buried over and over again in the 70's by the insurance industry,
the American Medical Association and the pharmaceutical industry.
They spent whatever it took to keep it from coming out of Committee.
Although the same group
had opposed Medicare in the past, old people study the issues and
get out and vote. So Medicare passed. Poor people, minorities and
children don't vote. So the big money was able to kill the Health
Security Act and every other proposal ever made to guarantee this
basic human right.
Now does anybody in either
party advocate the repeal of Medicare? Of course not. It's a single
payer system. It costs the government much much less to do the same
thing as the insurance companies do. And it works.
A little while ago we
heard the Vice President make some incremental proposals regarding
child health care that were good. And yesterday, Bill Bradley offered
a thoughtful plan for universal health care that the insurance industry
should be very happy with.
But the next President
of the United States should call a special session of Congress and,
no matter how much the insurance and pharmaceutical industries spend
to make him unpopular, do everything he can to not let that Congress
go home until every American has health care.
Does anyone doubt the
role of campaign contributors in keeping the defense budget as high
as it is? Or trying to privatize Social Security? Or stifling gun
control? Or hampering environmental protection?
Does anyone doubt that
campaign contributions help buy subsidies for nuclear, coal and
oil while solar and wind energy go pretty much unattended or that
campaign contributions set ridiculously underpriced fees for private
grazing, mining and lumbering on public lands, or cause the 70 to
80 billion dollar digital spectrum to be given away to the broadcasters
for nothing in the telecommunications bill that both Democratic
Broadcasters are not
only among the biggest campaign contributors, they have the power
to decide the candidates you see and for how long you see them.
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