Green Party to Sen. Bernie Sanders: Introduce Single-Payer / Medicare For All in your Senate bill

Instead of tweaks for Obamacare, Greens urge big push for Medicare For All: Everybody in, nobody out, pay less, live longer

Single-Payer Medicare for All

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders called on Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.-Ind.) to introduce a bill in the U.S. Senate for Single-Payer national health care (Medicare For All) and to drop the idea of legislation for a public option to be incorporated into the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Contact:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org

The Green Party, which endorses Medicare For All in its national platform, supports House Bill 676 and said that a parallel bill for Medicare For All must be introduced in the the U.S. Senate.

“Widespread dissatisfaction with the ACA and the withdrawal of the Republicans’ American Healthcare Act last week have given us an ideal opportunity to push for Medicare For All and educate and mobilize people across the U.S so that we finally solve the healthcare crisis with a real universal plan. It’s time to remove control of our medical care from for-profit insurance companies,” said Mark Dunlea, a member of the state committee of the Green Party of NY and co-founder of Single Payer NY.

Greens said that tweaking the ACA instead of introducing Medicare For All would only appease Democratic leaders who side with the health insurance industry.

“The need for national health care is one of the best reasons to get Greens seated in Congress. As long as the political field is limited to D versus R, solutions like Single-Payer / Medicare For All will be declared ‘off the table’ by top Democrats. Those were Sen. Max Baucus’s words in 2009 when he ran the health reform panels and Democrats invited the insurance lobby to help write Obamacare,” said Kenneth Mejia, 26-year-old Green candidate for Congress in California’s 34th Congressional District in a special election on April 4. Mr. Mejia left the Democratic Party after he realized that Democrats would rather fight progressives and against progressive legislation like Medicare for All.

Sen. Sanders indicated that he may pursue more limited goals on Sunday: “Let us do, among other things, a public option. Let us give people in every state in this country a public option from which they can choose. Let’s talk about lowering the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 55. Let’s deal with the greed of the pharmaceutical industry.”

Sen. Sanders promoted Medicare For All during his campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, while Hillary Clinton declared that it “will never, ever come to pass.”

Greens said that the chief obstacles to universal health care in the U.S. are legal bribes in the form of generous contributions to Democratic and Republican politicians from health insurance, pharmaceutical, and other corporate health-care industries and a bipartisan ideological belief in privatized essential services.

The result is that the U.S. remains the only developed democratic country in the world that refuses to guarantee its citizens health care, with the U.S. paying far more for medical care than any other country because of the high overhead and administrative costs of for-profit insurance (with widespread personal bankruptcies over medical bills). Poor access to treatment and high costs have left the U.S. with a less healthy population, shorter life expectancy, higher infant mortality, and poor immunization rates.

The ACA, while offering some sorely needed reforms, has herded millions of people into insurance policies that offer expensive and inadequate coverage and hasn’t corrected the crisis of soaring medical costs. According to the Congressional Budget Office, 28 million Americans will go without health insurance under the ACA in 2026, a little more than half of the number who’d lack insurance under the scuttled Republican plan (54 million). The public option would not make health coverage universal.

Medicare For All will cover everyone for quality health care, make emergency treatment free, eliminate co-pays and deductibles, and allow full choice of physician and hospital. For more information about Medicare For All and how it will be financed, see the Physicians for a National Health Program web site.

Dr. Margaret Flowers, 2016 Green candidate for U.S. Senator from Maryland, was quoted at length in a statement by SinglePayerAction.org on Sen. Sanders’ public option bill. Dr. Flowers is a pediatrician, member of PNHP, and co-director of Health Over Profit for Everyone.

“Introducing a public option will divide and confuse supporters of Medicare for all,” said Dr. Flowers. “Senators who should co-sponsor Medicare for all will be divided. Sanders seems to be urging a public option to please the Democratic Party, but Sanders cannot serve two masters — Wall Street’s Chuck Schumer and the people. Sanders must decide whom he is working for.”

“While it might seem politically pragmatic to support a public option, it is not realistically pragmatic because a public option will not work. Senator Sanders knows that and he knows that the smallest step toward solving the healthcare crisis is National Improved Medicare for All. This would fundamentally change our health system that currently treats health as a commodity so that people only have access to what they can afford to a system that treats health as a public necessity so that people have access to what they need. Medicare for all achieves the savings needed to provide comprehensive coverage to everyone.”

“If Senator Sanders believes that it is acceptable to promote a policy that leaves some people out, then we want to know who should be left out. The U.S. is already spending enough to cover everyone and that’s what we need to do.”

“The Affordable Care Act, built on a heavily subsidized private insurance industry, is not possible to fix. The ACA must be replaced by a national health policy that serves the needs of the people by replacing private insurance with publicly-financed Medicare.”

“Sanders wants to lower drug prices. Only a single payer system can negotiate lower drug prices. Sanders says healthcare is a human right, but human rights should not be commodities or profit centers. People do not pay for their human rights.”

“We look to Senator Sanders to act on what he promised during his presidential campaign, a National Improved Medicare for All now, not tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. It is not up to him to decide if single payer can pass in Congress. That task is for the people to decide.”

See also:

Green Party of Ohio: Single Payer Is The Solution
Press release, March 28, 2017

Green Party: Republican plan to repeal Obamacare should spark a new public demand for Single-Payer health care
Press release: Green Party of the United State, January 11, 2017r

If “Ryancare” Is Dead on Arrival, Can We Please Now Try Single Payer?
By Ellen Brown, Common Dreams, March 17, 2017

Saving Obamacare Is Not Enough — We Need Medicare for All
By Dennis Kucinich, The Nation, March 22, 2017

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Green Party Urges Voters Betrayed By the DNC’s Sharp Turn to the Right to Go Green

Greens renew their focus on grassroots resistance and local campaigns in 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders today reached out to voters frustrated and disappointed by the Democratic National Committee’s vote against banning corporate contributions and Tom Perez’s election as chair of the DNC.

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For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Contact:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org

The Green Party is now focusing on local and state campaigns as a necessary step in resisting the Trump Agenda and ending rule by the “two parties of war and Wall Street.”

Greens said that the DNC votes confirmed the Democratic establishment’s rejection of Bernie Sanders and his supporters, whom many Democrats continue to blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016, as well as Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who was seen as the progressive contender for DNC chair.

Mr. Perez’s election confirmed the Democratic Party’s dedication to corporate benefactors and its allegiance to pro-Israel lobbies that demanded Mr. Ellison’s defeat because of his modest support for Palestinian rights. The Green Party supports full human rights and equality for Palestinians and BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) against Israel, which Democrats, including Mr. Ellison, oppose.

Quotes from Greens

Jill Stein, 2016 Green nominee for President:

“The #DemExit was only the first step — now it’s time for a #GreenEnter.” ( http://www.jill2016.com/tom_perez_election )

Laura Wells, Green Party candidate for Governor of California in 2010:

“In mid 2016, the Green Party welcomed many former Democratic voters who were unhappy with Hillary Clinton’s nomination, especially after revelations that the nomination had been rigged and a Democratic platform that retreated from anything that smacked of ‘political revolution.’ We now welcome former Democrats who want to help Greens build a party that rejects corporate contributions and offers a permanent alternative to the two parties of war and Wall Street.”

Holly Hart, Secretary of the Iowa Green Party:

“Democrats are doing what they always do during Republican administrations — competing by shifting further to the right and then enacting Republican ideas when they return to power. In recent decades, Democrats have adopted GOP agenda like Wall Street deregulation, welfare reform, the neocon doctrine that the U.S. may attack any other country at will, and the individual mandate on which Obamacare is based.

“A political field dominated by two parties of the One Percent made the election of someone like Donald Trump not only possible but perhaps inevitable. The DNC’s decision to chase after corporate checks proves that the U.S. needs a real opposition party — one that opposes both Trump and the two-party racket.”

Tamar Yager, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States:

“The Green Party is regrouping after a challenging election year and the upheaval caused by Donald Trump’s election with a renewed focus on local elections. We already have a slate of outstanding candidates running in special elections in 2017, among them Kenneth Mejia for Congress in Los Angeles on April 4.

“In Philadelphia, Cheri Honkala is facing a vigorous effort from the state of Pennsylvania to keep her off the ballot in a March 21 special election for state representative. Ms. Honkala, co-founder and national coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, was the Green Party’s vice-presidential nominee in 2008. There’s no one in the U.S. who’s more the opposite of Donald Trump and everything he represents than Cheri Honkala.”

See also:

2017 Green Party Candidates

DNC Members Vote Down Corporate Money Ban
By Daniel Marans, The Huffington Post, February 25, 2017

Keith Ellison Loses DNC Race After Heated Campaign Targeting Him for His Views on Palestine
By Zaid Jilani, The Intercept, February 25, 2017

Green Party: Secretary of State DeVos’s school privatization schemes are bipartisan: Democrats promoted and enacted the same ‘reforms’

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For Immediate Release:
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Contact:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org


Green Party supports public schools, calls on communities to resist charter schools, vouchers, and other programs designed to dismantle public education

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders said today that outrage over Senate’s confirmation of patently unqualified Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education was entirely justified — but the outrage should also be directed at Democratic Party leaders, including ex-President Obama, who worked to enact the same school privatization schemes favored by Ms. DeVos.

“Democrats can hardly claim to lead the opposition to the Trump-DeVos agenda on public schools, when they joined Republicans in facilitating charter schools, vouchers, and other programs designed to transfer public education funding to private businesses during the past two decades,” said Aaron Renaud, co-chair of the Green Party of Texas and a high school teacher.

“The movement to dismantle public education is bipartisan,” said Andrea Mérida Cuéllar, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and former school board member in the Denver Public Schools. “The last eight years under President Obama were hallmarked by the imposition of free-market reforms such as charters, ‘choice,’ vouchers, high-stakes standardized testing, union busting, mayoral control of school districts, the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and the closing of public schools, especially those attended by children from poor families and children of color.”

Greens noted that Sen. Ted Kennedy was a leading sponsor of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act, the premises of which were largely maintained in the Obama Administration’s “Race to the Top.”

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education under President Obama, used his office to promote Common Core, the use of standardized testing of students to evaluate teachers, and charters schools. Mr. Duncan had a history of mass teacher firings as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. (See “Obama’s Public Education Policy: Privatization, Charters, Mass Firings, Neighborhood and Family Destabilization” by Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report, July 1, 2009.

Mr. Duncan’s successor was John King, Jr., founder of the Uncommon Schools charter chain, with the same dedication to Common Core and standardized testing ( “The Obama Education Legacy Part 2: Obama Appoints Another Privatizing Stooge Secretary of Education” by Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report, Nov. 4, 2015.

Greens noted the widespread low performance and frequent closings of failed charters in many states and said that competition from charter schools and vouchers hasn’t improved ailing public schools. Instead, they weaken public schools by drawing funding away from them.

“Those who put students before private profit must take the fight to the state level. The federal government is only responsible for around 10% of education funding for states. Communities can reject neoliberal reforms and the strings attached to federal funding. Public education supporters should work to dismantle local corporate welfare programs such as tax-increment financing, which diverts tax dollars away from public schools but covers the costs of property development that builders should pay for on their own,” said Darryl! L.C. Moch, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States and co-chair of the party’s Black Caucus.

“Education is the first line of defense against disinformation and alternative facts. Greens support public education not just to prepare children for employment, but also to teach them how to be citizens in a democracy. That’s more than enough reason to be skeptical of a school reform movement funded by the Broad, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Walmart Family foundations,” said Mr. Moch.

See also:

Green Party Platform: Section on Education

Green Party blasts Dems on DeVos confirmation
The Hill, February 7, 2017

Roland Martin: That Hustla Ova There Tryna Sell Us School Privatization
By Bruce A. Dixon, February 8, 2017

Web of Secrecy Surrounds Federal Half-a-Billion Handout to Charter Schools
By Jonas Persson, Black Agenda Report, Sept. 8, 2015

Billionaire’s Secret Plan: A ‘Hostile Takeover’ of LA Public Schools
Portside, September 23, 2015

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Next Detroit Greens Meeting – Thursday, January 26, 7 pm, Nandi’s Cafe

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The next meeting of the Detroit Greens is particularly exciting and critical. We can revitalize the local with the new members and new officers and focus on building the Green Party in Detroit. Please plan to attend.

When: Thursday, January 26, 7 pm
Where: Nandi’s Cafe, 12511 Woodward, Highland Park 48203
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Proposed Agenda:

1. Introductions 5 min
2. Reports on Anti-Trump events – 20 min
3. Reports on Other Actions – 10 min
3. Detroit Greens Officer elections – 20 min
4. Building the local — Recount and what to do about it -15 min
5. Building the local — Next Meetings and Speakers – 10 min
6. Announcements – 5 min

Anita Belle with Dr. Jill Stein For President and Ajamu Baraka at University of Houston.

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2017 MLK Day Rally & March

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Rally and March for “Jobs, Peace & Justice”

Monday, January 16, 2017
12 Noon

Central United Methodist Church
23 E. Adams and Woodward, Detroit

Schedule:

Noon – Rally at Central United Methodist Church

1:30 pm – Freedom March through downtown Detroit

3:00 pm – Community meal, poetry and music, at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

            Please note the NEW LOCATION:

St. John’s Episcopal Church
I-75 & Woodward Avenue, Detroit

This church is located north of the parking lot that is next to the Central United Methodist Church.

Rally for Democracy Saturday in Detroit!

STAND UP FOR DEMOCRACY!

Rally with Jill Stein in Detroit

Calling all voters, volunteers, recount supporters and Michigan residents:

Join Jill on Saturday in Detroit as we rally for democracy, civil rights and a better voting system! End Electoral Jim Crow! Protest Donald Trump and his cronies’ political obstruction to suppress the recount!

It’s time for a voting system we can trust, that is accurate, secure and just! That counts every vote and makes every vote count! Join the movement and make your voice heard!

The rally will begin at 2pm, Saturday, December 10 at the Joe Louis statue in front of Cobo Hall, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

WHAT: Rally for Democracy with Jill Stein

WHEN: 2pm, Saturday, December 10, 2016

WHERE: Joe Louis statue in front of Cobo Hall, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

WHO: Supporters of the recount, Green Party members and Michigan residents who want to improve our electoral system

Facebook event here!

#MichiganRecount stopped, Emergency Rally in Lansing at 2pm

After the federal court case decision, the recount will not continue. Do NOT attend your shifts tomorrow at recount sites; all recount sites are done recounting because of the court’s decision to end the recount. Join our Emergency Rally and Speak Out in Lansing Tomorrow.

Join us to protest the unfair decision to shut down the Michigan Recount.

Join the grassroots call for the Michigan State Supreme Court to allow the recount to continue and call for election reform in Michigan.

The rally and speak out will be held at 2pm, Thursday, December 8, 2016.

The location is in the Plaza in front of the Michigan State Supreme Court, 925 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI 48915.

WHAT
Rally and Speak Out to Protest the Court Decision to shut down the Michigan Recount
WHEN
2pm, Thursday December 8, 2016
WHERE
Plaza in front of the Michigan State Supreme Court: 925 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI 48915
WHO
Supporters of the recount, Green Party members and Michigan residents

Check out our facebook page for the most up-to-date information about the rally. If you have additional questions email volunteer@recountmichigan.com.

#MichiganRecount Update – Wednesday Dec 7

Today there will be 19 RECOUNT SITES OPEN STATEWIDE. We need you to join volunteers from across Michigan and report to one of the locations listed below to help ensure the integrity of our electoral process!

Join us at one of the following locations and we will have staff on site available to train and prepare you for your roll as a Volunteer Recount Challenger.

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LOCATIONS OPENING TOMORROW

These sites will begin their first day of counting ballots Wednesday, Dec. 7

Allegan County
Allegan High School Conference Center
1560 M-40 North
Allegan, MI 49010

Berrien County
South County Building
1205 N. Front Street
Niles, MI 49120

Calhoun County
United Methodist Church
721 US Hwy 27 N
Marshall, MI 49068

Cass County
Southwestern Michigan College
Mathews Library Conference Center West
58900 Cherry Grove Road
Dowagiac MI 49047

Clinton County
Clinton County Courthouse
100 E. State Street
St. Johns MI 48879

Eaton Carmel
Carmel Township Hall
661 Beech St.
Charlotte MI 48813

Genesee County
Genesee County Administration Building Cafeteria
1101 Beach St.
Flint, MI 48502

Ionia County
Ionia Central Dispatch Building
545 Apple Tree Dr.
Ionia, MI 48845

Jackson County
Jackson County Tower Building
120 W Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI 49201

Livingston County
Livingston County John E. LaBelle Public Safety Complex
1911 Tooley Road
Howell, MI

Montcalm County
Former Stanton Elementary School West Entrance
710 North State Street
Stanton, MI 48888

Muskegon County
Laketon Township Hall
2735 W. Giles Road
Muskegon, MI 49445


CONTINUING COUNT LOCATIONS
These locations began counting earlier this week and are continuing on Wednesday

Kalamazoo County
Kalamazoo County Expo Center at the Fairgrounds
2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Kent County
City of Wyoming Public Safety Building 2nd Floor, South Parking Lot
2300 De Hoop Ave S.W., Wyoming, MI 49509

Macomb County
Macomb Community College Sports and Expo Center Bld P
14500 E. 12 Mile Road Warren, MI 48088 Entrance on Hayes Rd

Oakland County
Oakland Intermediate School District
2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Twp, MI 48328

Ottawa County
Ottawa County Fillmore Complex, Conference Room
1220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center
4135 Washtenaw Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Wayne County
Cobo Center Room 430, 410a, & 420
301 Civic Center Drive, Detroit, MI 48226


If you are ready to serve as a volunteer with Recount Michigan 2016 at one of the above locations, please just show up.

Recount Michigan Supervisors will be ready to train you and place you at a table to observe the ballot recount process.

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#MichiganRecount locations Tuesday Dec 6

Recount sites open at 9am:

Ingham County
Ingham County Fairground, Main Arena Blg
700 East Ash Street, Mason, MI 48854

Kalamazoo County
Kalamazoo County Expo Center at the Fairgrounds
2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Kent County
City of Wyoming Public Safety Building 2nd Floor, South Parking Lot
2300 De Hoop Ave S.W., Wyoming, MI 49509

Macomb County
Macomb Community College Sports and Expo Center Bld P
14500 E. 12 Mile Road Warren, MI 48088 Entrance on Hayes Rd

Oakland County
Oakland Intermediate School District
2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Twp, MI 48328

Washtenaw County
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center
4135 Washtenaw Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Wayne County
Cobo Center Room 430, 410a, & 420
301 Civic Center Drive, Detroit, MI 48226


Recount site pen at 1pm:

Ottawa County
Ottawa County Fillmore Complex, Conference Room
1220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460

If you are ready to serve as a volunteer with Recount Michigan 2016 at one of the above locations, please CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

Recount Michigan Supervisors will be ready to train you and place you at a table to observe the ballot recount process.

#RecountMichigan