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Benjamin Day and Stephanie Nakajima of Healthcare-NOW break down everything you need to know about the social movement to make healthcare a right in the United States. Medicare for All!

Medicare for All Benjamin Day and Stephanie Nakajima - Healthcare-NOW

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Benjamin Day and Stephanie Nakajima of Healthcare-NOW break down everything you need to know about the social movement to make healthcare a right in the United States. Medicare for All!

    It’s a socialist takeover: Trump’s SOTU, the Democratic debates, and Parasite!

    It’s a socialist takeover: Trump’s SOTU, the Democratic debates, and Parasite!

    Donald Trump’s State of the Union address includes some good old fashioned red-baiting re: Medicare for All. Centrist Democrats vying for the party’s nomination pile on, albeit from different angles, at the New Hampshire debate. Parasite wins big at the Oscars!!























    Show Notes







    Ben dedicates the show to everyone who needs healthcare. Stephanie would like to exempt the makers of the Iowa caucus reporting app, who have kicked off the primaries by undermining our national faith in democracy (and Democracy).







    Stephanie reacts to a Washington Post poll showing that 6 out of 10 Iowa caucus voters support Medicare for All, despite WaPo using extremely biased language.







    Trump uses his 2020 State of the Union address to attack Medicare for All as a “socialist takeover of healthcare.” But, Ben points out, he says he will defend Medicare to the death. Socialism for seniors, ruthless capitalism for younger people? Trump also borrows from Biden’s talking points against M4A.







    Trump’s second attack on Medicare for All is that it will cover “illegal” immigrants. Ben points out that this is false – immigrants actually subsidize our healthcare system for U.S.-born residents. It’s also important for us to make the moral case for covering everyone, regardless of documentation status.







    During the New Hampshire Democratic primary debates, a heated argument takes place between Sanders and Buttigieg over whether Medicare for All is politically divisive or politically unifying. Stephanie points out Buttigieg is actually trying to CREATE a division between those with health insurance, by fear mongering that they will somehow lose coverage, and those without, who desperately need universal coverage.







    Joe Biden goes after Medicare for all on a cost basis, and makes up a bunch of s**t about what happened in Vermont. You don’t have to be an economist to know that M4A costs less – just look at all of the countries who have it, who spend less. Also, Vermont never implemented Medicare for All, but Joe didn’t get the memo!







    Amy Klobuchar runs out of arguments against Medicare for All and decides to argue that the debate over M4A “isn’t real.”







    Finally, a side-note about the social determinants of health from the Oscars! Social status is the single-most important determinant of how long you live and how healthy your life will be – far more important than access to healthcare. This is true not just for low-income people, but even among the very wealthy and privileged. Researchers have found that Oscar winners live 4 years longer than actors and actresses nominated for an Oscar who don’t win! Our new campaign: Oscars for all!







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    • 38 min
    Iowa: Medicare for All Battleground

    Iowa: Medicare for All Battleground

    PACs are advertising in Iowa not only for candidates - but also against Medicare for All. Listen in on some of the ads and break them down with us. Also - an update on where California is on establishing a state single payer healthcare system.























    Show Notes







    This week Stephanie would like to exempt Michael Bloomberg from our Medicare for All plan, after he was shoe-horned into the Democratic debates, because of... he's rich.







    The Iowa caucuses are underway as Ben & Stephanie are recording, and they take a look at the ads the Partnership for America's Healthcare Future (PAHCF) are running in Iowa and other primary states to attack Medicare for All.







    Listen here to the PAHCF ad called "Same Thing," which claims that a public option and Medicare for All are the SAME THING. Weird? What are the goals of the healthcare industry in conflating a public option and Medicare for All? Ben & Stephanie highlight how this undermines the claim that a public option is more politically feasible than Medicare for All.







    Things get even stranger in the world of Medicare for All campaign ads. We break down a campaign ad run by Kansas State Senator Susan Wagle attacking Barbara Bollier, who are both running for U.S. Senate in Kansas; as well as an ad by Better Future Michigan attacking Gary Peters for supporting Medicare for All. What makes these ads truly insane, beyond trying to paint a picture of a dystopian future under universal healthcare? Neither Barbara Bollier nor Gary Peters actually support Medicare for All!







    Finally, Ben & Stephanie briefly discuss the newly created "Healthy California for All Commission," which had its first meeting on January 27 to develop a plan for a single-payer healthcare system. You can see the Commission's mandate and all of its meetings here. A similar Commission is being created in Oregon - both are the results of organizing by the Medicare for All movement!







    Follow & Support the Pod!







    You can listen to Medicare for All on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or visit our website here.







    Please donate to the Healthcare-NOW Education Fund to support the podcast!

    • 28 min
    Introducing: Medicare for All

    Introducing: Medicare for All

    The very first episode of the "Medicare for All" podcast! Ben & Stephanie talk about their struggles to access and afford healthcare in America, and how they became organizers in the Medicare for All movement. Finally, they talk about what they'll be brining to listeners on the Medicare for All podcast!























    Show Notes







    Ben dedicates the episode to everyone who needs healthcare - Stephanie asks to leave out Rand Paul, who says that universal healthcare is the same as slavery.







    Stephanie talks about how her eyes were opened to the need for Medicare for All when she moved to Japan, and was given access to comprehensive public healthcare for about $20/month when she became a resident. This after years of being uninsured and underinsured in the United States while living with asthma. She moved back to the U.S. to be with friends and family... and to f**k up the insurance companies.







    Ben also wants to f**k up the insurance companies. He got into the movement after being admitted to a hospital with panic attacks years ago, AFTER which his insurance company refused to cover his claim, leaving him with a $4k bill. Since then he's been a full-time organizer in the Medicare for All movement for 15 years.







    Ben & Stephanie are launching this podcast because the M4A movement has come so far, but it will be a major fight to win in the end. Media coverage of Medicare for All also tends to be super biased, and there's a need for real talk on this social movement!







    The podcast will discuss and analyze the big political fights over healthcare in Congress and at the state level. It will also cover victories in the social movement to win Medicare for All, which is never discussed in the news.







    Finally, the podcast will serve as personal therapy for both Ben & Stephanie so they can get many, many grievances with healthcare politics off their chests!

    • 7 min

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