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Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-24 - Original post - cached version
Reminder-- and this isn't just about Republicans vs Democrats

Bernie's political revolution IS resonating. Economic royalism isn't. Even the Washington Post, economic royalism's biggest cheerleader among newspapers, was forced to admit after the way Bernie's revolution crushed the...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday, in his often excoriating music business newsletter, Bob Lefsetz set his sites on... oligarchs in politics. "You’ve got to be rich," he wrote. "And it always comes down to who you know." That could've easily been the opening lines about a music business post. But not when he...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-20 - Original post - cached version

I never thought I'd live to be 72. The thought of it actually shocks me-- and it's a really good feeling. Look forward to it-- especially if we haveMedicare-for-All headed our way.

I've been getting a ton of well-wishes, especially on Facebook. Instead of sending a card or...

MintPress - 2020-02-20 - Original post - cached version

Billionaire New York businessman Michael Bloomberg was a late arrival to the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race, but he has certainly already made an impact. Spending $327 million on TV advertising alone, the former mayor has jumped into second place in some national polls, running on...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-17 - Original post - cached version
Location of Esperanza Station on the northern tip of Antarctica

by Thomas Neuburger

The climate news out of Antarctica isn't good. As Vice News put it on February 7, "Good Morning. It's 65 Degrees in Antarctica. That's warmer than Orlando today."

Since then the news from the...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Votes have finally still dribbling in from the New Hampshire primary when I was finishing up on this post. 100% of the votes have now been counted and all the candidates-- except Status Quo Joe, who was in South Carolina-- were already off to Nevada. The New Hampshire numbers were...

Dissident Voice - 2020-02-13 - Original post - cached version

On Tuesday, February 4, Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union (SOTU) address. As expected, it was filled with contradictions, falsehoods, and distortions. Among other things, Trump spoke for close to ten minutes about health care in the U.S., claiming that he “will always...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-10 - Original post - cached version

This morning, Business Insider reported that "Nearly half of all US health spending is tied to admin management and the cost burdens associated with private insurance are being passed along to US consumers, making treatment an unmanageable expense. Patients are coughing up large portions of...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-04 - Original post - cached version

I hope you remember our old friend from Detroit, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed. Abdul is a physician, epidemiologist, and progressive activist. He is Senior Advisor at Medicare for All NOW! We endorsed him when he ran for governor of Michigan in 2018 as did Bernie, AOC, Justice Democrats and The Nation....

MintPress - 2020-01-17 - Original post - cached version

91 percent of all peer-reviewed scientific articles find that a single payer healthcare system like Medicare for All would save the country money, according to a meta analysis released Wednesday.

The study, published in the influential open access journal PLOS Medicine, is a systematic...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-01 - Original post - cached version

If you’ve been reading DWT with even the slightest regularity, you probably know what a big fan of Medicare I am. I feared it when I was in my late 50s because I had what I thought was perfect private insurance, a platinum plan that AOL-TimeWarner gave to divisional chairmen and...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-31 - Original post - cached version
These people all belong in prison-- but only because no one would ever agree their crimes are capital offenses

Dick Gephardt’s dream was to be President or Speaker of the House or very wealthy; he never made it beyond majority leader, but he sure did become very wealthy, selling...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version

Data for Progress, Sean McElwee's outfit, has been doing an especially important-- even magnificent-- job this cycle. On Friday McElwee took on-- with data-- the most pernicious predators playing in the 2020 Democratic primary, the Partnership for America's Health Care Future, a...

Need To Know News - 2019-12-18 - Original post - cached version

Students were shocked when they were told that Medicare for All would remove about 100 million Americans from their private insurance plans, an estimated one million jobs would be lost and each taxpayer would have to contribute about 20% of their income to fund the program.

MintPress - 2019-12-04 - Original post - cached version

Healthcare corporations are spending millions of dollars on astroturfed attack ads against Medicare for All. The Partnership for America’s Healthcare Future, for example, a coalition of hospitals and insurance companies, has spent $1 million on a television campaign against changes to the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-04 - Original post - cached version

You may have read some of the coverage about how anti-Medicare lobbyists are writing OpEds for conservatives willing to undercut Medicare-for-All messaging. Obviously, the willingness of the legislators to run the anti-healthcare OpEds under their own names comes with gratitude and...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-22 - Original post - cached version

While the Democratic presidential candidates are debating full Medicare for All, giant insurance companies like UnitedHealthcare are advertising to the elderly in an attempt to lure them from Traditional Medicare (TM) to the so-called Medicare Advantage (MA) – a corporate plan that...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-22 - Original post - cached version

Mayo has the best p.r. operation of any of the campaigns-- and has had that going for him for years. It's how much a total nothing has wound up on the debate stage with actual leaders. Evan Allgood wrote about an excellent way of looking at who and what Mayo actually is via a short...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-11 - Original post - cached version
Hillary is being left behind by history-- but embraced by Big PhRMA

Last week Alexander Burns wasted a New York Times column on Hillary Clinton's opposition to Medicare-for-All. He caught up with her at the Times's DealBook conference, where she as much as endorsed Status Quo Joe by...

MintPress - 2019-11-06 - Original post - cached version

Speaking at a roundtable of reporters and editors at business network Bloomberg November 1, Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a strong message for Bernie Sanders and other Presidential nomination hopefuls who endorse Medicare for All: “What are you thinking?!” The 79-year-old Californian characterized...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-04 - Original post - cached version

National improved Medicare for all is making tremendous progress during the 2020 election cycle. Democratic presidential candidates, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who advocate for it, are achieving record numbers of contributions and performing strongly in the polls....

Need To Know News - 2019-11-04 - Original post - cached version

Warren proposes to pay for the multitrillion-dollar program by increasing her “Ultra-Millionaire Tax,” slashing defense spending, providing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and mandating an “Employer Medicare Contribution"

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-03 - Original post - cached version

I've been talking to an increasing number of progressive candidates for Congress who have told me that they have no intention of voting for Pelosi as speaker in 2021. Flagstaff progressive and AZ-01 congressional candidate Eva Putzova head it right on the head: "If we are going to...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-03 - Original post - cached version

Nancy Pelosi, who has great taxpayer-funded health insurance and has a net worth of $120 million, doesn't understand what Medicare does for people; why should she? Since I started getting it, I've been shocked when I talk with members of Congress who are absolutely clueless about the massive...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-31 - Original post - cached version

I start writing my posts by 5 AM and I keep doing it, on and off, 'til around 5PM, just in time for Chris Hayes' show. But by 9 every morning, the candidate calls start coming in. They can take a big chunk out of my day, especially from new candidates I don't know. But I've come up...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-21 - Original post - cached version

The Bernie's Back Rally in Queens yesterday was massive-- 25,872 in the park and what looked like almost as many outside. People were watching from the bridge and there were so many people trying to get to the park that the blocks around it had to be closed to traffic. Watch AOC's...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-16 - Original post - cached version

The battle over impeachment has become everyone's favorite entertainment fare-- even Trump's. "Like an aging rock star, the president is now reprising many of the greatest hits from his hellion days. He has bullied and projected-- at times leveling against others the very charges he...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-05 - Original post - cached version

Let's take a few minutes away from impeachment, Ukraine and China-- although I do want to mention the reporting did for the Wall Street Journal, about how Trump lied to Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) when Johnson confronted him about the illegal pressure he was putting on Ukraine, a quid...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-03 - Original post - cached version

by Thomas Neuburger

As most people know by now, on...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Sleazy lawyer and multimillionaire, Vicente González bought his South Texas congressional seat in 2016 by spending $1,850,000 of his own money against progressive primary opponent Juan Palacios, Jr. González tricked the gullible Congressional Progressive Caucus into endorsing him,...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

Before the 1964 Democratic landslide-- resulting in 295 Democratic House seats and just 140 for the Republicans and a 68-32 Democratic majority in the Senate-- conservatives had teamed up with the American Medical Association (AMA) to slime Medicare proposals for SIXTY years. Once...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version
Drug prices are too high for many reasons, but there is just one person blocking a fix: MoscowMitch

I have to admit that Pelosi’s plan to lower drug costs is more progressive than I-- or anyone else-- expected. It certainly isn't the Lloyd Doggett plan she's kept bottled up in...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-09 - Original post - cached version

From 1905, when it was first introduced, to 1965 when a Democratic landslide the year before than finally allowed it to pass, Medicare had been opposed by conservatives-- of both parties. In its last few years before passage, Wilbur Mills (D-AR), the completely conservative Democrat...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-01 - Original post - cached version

Blue America just reinstituted a new page for Medicare-For-All supporters. Every one of the dozen candidates on the page has specifically asked to be on the page and has told why they are campaigning on Medicare-for-All.

A few minutes ago, I got off the phone with a candidate...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-29 - Original post - cached version

I admit it... gladly, proudly: I've always detested Joe Biden. Loathed the guy-- in the '70s he was an outright racist, not even hiding it-- and then went on to be one of the most conservative Democratic shitheads in the Senate, along with Joe Lieberman (CT), Henry Jackson (WA), John...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-21 - Original post - cached version

Ben Ray Luján is running scared. This week he "broke" with Pelosi, his puppet-master, and suddenly called for impeaching Trump. Over the course of the last month or so, he also broke with her on the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-All. And he says he will no longer accept the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Corrupt Blue Dog David Scott represents a big swath of suburban Atlanta south and west of the the city, just below Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The biggest counties in the district (GA-13) are Cobb, Clayton, Douglas, Fulton, Henry and Fayette. Trump lost the first 5 and won in Fayette...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-08 - Original post - cached version

Many people still don't understand what Medicare-- let alone Medicare-for-All-- actually means. But, despite a barrage of propaganda against it from the Sickness-Industrial Complex, Fox News, Hate Talk Radio and the Republican Party, it polls very well. The brand new EconomistYouGov...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-07 - Original post - cached version

There seem to be so many Republican members of Congress announcing that they're not running next year-- and some in districts that Democrats can win. Yesterday Kenny Marchant, a conservative Republican who represents a district north of Dallas, said he's had enough. He's the 4th...

Consortium News - 2019-08-07 - Original post - cached version

The closer we get to victory, the more politicians in the service of  profiteering industries will pitch marketing scams, write Kevin Zeese and  Margaret Flowers. By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers  PopularResistance.org In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare Act. Within a…...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-05 - Original post - cached version

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare Act. Within a year, and without the aid of computers, the United States provided more than 19 million seniors with health coverage. Before the law existed, over half of the elderly in the United States did not have health insurance....

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-04 - Original post - cached version

Kevin Drum and I were being treated at City of Hope for similar cancers at the same time. I'm confident that he-- unlike many members of Congress-- understands healthcare policy and the importance of Medicare for All. About a week ago, Mother Jones ran an essay by Kevin, Trump Health...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-03 - Original post - cached version

You like Bernie's progressive agenda? Elizabeth Warren's progressive agenda? Even if America elects one of them-- or, hopefully, both of them-- to run the executive branch, without a more progressive legislative branch, much of that agenda will be stymied. As we saw Thursday, Medicare had been...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-03 - Original post - cached version

The debates have taught me that many of our politicians don't understand what Medicare is beyond a Medicare-For-Dummies synopsis they may have read once. I noticed that as the case with Tim Ryan (D-OH), no brain surgeon to begin with. The fool got into an argument with Bernie about Medicare...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-01 - Original post - cached version

The Economist's new poll from YouGov could signal choppy waters ahead for the NRCC. Their "Socialism!!!!" campaign is-- of course-- falling flat. Well, wait; it's isn't totally falling flat. The fascist and neo-Nazi base and hate talk radio fanatics and fans of Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-01 - Original post - cached version

The current round of presidential debates is packed with plans, programs, promises, claims and counter-claims. The question, as always, is which candidates are we to believe. The closer we get to an election, unscrupulous candidates tailor what they say to what the voters want to hear. The...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-07-30 - Original post - cached version
Passing The Torch by Nancy Ohanian

The media is trying to stoke what the Washington Post called explosive faceoffs tonight and tomorrow. I guess that's better than when Hearst sank the Maine to start a war with Spain in order to sell newspapers. The media today knows it isn't likely,...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-07-25 - Original post - cached version

A couple of weeks ago, Bernie enumerated a dozen or so prominent people who he would rather not get endorsements from. I don't think he really needed to worry about that. He was speaking about people who are likely already committed to either Status Quo Joe-- Pete when Biden self-...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-07-21 - Original post - cached version

News from Bernie or from Elizabeth Warren almost always involves policy initiatives. News from the two top-ranked conservatives almost never does. It's either some rote attack on Trump or something about money. Yesterday, CNN ran a typical piece about how Biden gets most of the super-...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-18 - Original post - cached version

It is increasingly clear that the wagons have circled both in the Democratic National Committee and in the news media to shut down any possibility of a national health plan as proposed by Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) or Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders...

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