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  Posted 06 February 2019 - 02:57 PM

Progressives pulling a bait-and-switch with 'Medicare for All'



https://thehill.com
BY PAUL R. GREGORY, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR
02/03/19



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Politicians are known to misrepresent themselves to get elected, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is supposed to be an exception. It is said that he has remained true to his socialist convictions through thick and thin.

Surely, such a dedicated socialist can truthfully explain what socialism is. If not he, then Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.), the influential newcomer to Congress and member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), could lend a hand. She must know what socialism is if Bernie won't speak up.

Prepare for a surprise. Sanders has consistently claimed that his socialism is a Scandinavian-type welfare state. He assures voters that his socialism is comprised of free medicine and education and a fair distribution of income, nothing more, nothing less.

Ocasio-Cortez rattles on about giving things away free and that capitalism is rotten. If pressed, she turns to recipes and social-media tips.

Those who wish for a clear definition of socialism from Sanders or Ocasio-Cortez are left with two possible interpretations: Either they have no idea, or they fear voters would be repelled if they came clean.

With a majority of the Democrat base now claiming to prefer socialism to capitalism, a flood of leftist Democrats (some newly minted) are seeking to co-opt Sanders' platform of free this and free that. As they roll out their presidential-primary campaigns, they jostle to outbid each other in giveaways and taxing the rich.

That's all we are going to hear from the left's socialist crowd on the campaign trail. For those who wish to delve into what socialism really is, here are my key takeaways after having perused the DSA website:

  • First, socialism gives free medical care, education, retirement and other requisites of a welfare state to all.
  • Second, socialism will cripple private ownership of business enterprises. "Consumer representatives," worker collectives or state-run agencies will replace private owners.
  • Third, wise technocrats, not private consumers and producers, will decide what is in the public interest because the public interest prevails over private interest.
  • Fourth, large enterprises will be planned for the public good not directed by private profit.
  • Fifth, capitalism must be checked because it exploits women, minorities, gays, immigrants and a whole list of downtrodden folks.

The DCA description of socialism represents the consensus view of its 50,000 members, including, we assume, Ocasio-Cortez. It spells out how to construct a socialist America in the abstract, but we have two proposed pieces of legislation that dictate how to restructure American medicine in practice.

We are curious whether these proposed pieces of legislation are consistent with or are derived from the DSA's version of socialism.

In September 2017, Bernie Sanders and 13 Senate co-sponsors (including five current Democrat presidential candidates) put forward the "Medicare for All Act."

In March 2018, 124 Democrat "progressive" members of Congress co-sponsored House Resolution 676 (HR676), also entitled "Medicare for All." The Senate and House bills are similar, but we focus on HR676 and ask whether the key provisions of "Medicare for All" follow the DSA model of socialism.



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Posted 06 February 2019 - 04:38 PM

Sixth: To ensure equitable treatment for all, there can be no exceptions, upon point of death, if required.
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Posted 06 February 2019 - 05:33 PM

View PostNoclevermoniker, on 06 February 2019 - 04:38 PM, said:

Sixth: To ensure equitable treatment for all, there can be no exceptions, upon point of death, if required.


And Seventh: The rules we enact for all Americans will not apply to us, your benevolent rulers.
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Posted 06 February 2019 - 09:28 PM

8 - we must annex the Sudetenland.
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