Berry Craig: Social Darwinists demonized unions. Trump prefers “right to work” states. Paul introduced a national “right to work” bill, though it’s evidently going nowhere.
Joe Mathews: California’s newest litmus test requires support of government healthcare—or else
Steve Hochstadt: Price’s luxury travel is the visible tip of the iceberg of the wider corruption of values and morality of those in power.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Make no mistake, currently, in the United States, health care is a commodity, and the profiteers are going wild. Since passage of the ACA, major health insurance company stock values have quadrupled.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Graham-Cassidy’s repeal of the state’s Medicaid expansion alone would leave four million California adults living at or near the poverty line without the health coverage they’ve had since 2014.
Lance Simmens: Chuck Grassley is an ignoramus, and Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy are political drug dealers willing to numb their Republican colleagues with lies and deception.
Michael Hertz: We have a shortage of doctors, Medicare is running out of money, and seniors are suffering from a lack of resources for their retirement.
RJ Eskow: With this bill, 17 senators – nearly one-third of the Senate’s Democrats, including several presidential prospects – are saying health care is a human right and a public good. That’s a declaration of principle.
Clifford J. Tasner: Why would the Speaker of the Assembly try to kill the one logical course forward to provide healthcare to all of California? It comes back to Insurance Company money.
Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese: The failed efforts to repeal and replace the ACA took up a lot of time and energy this year and left the country in no better position to deal with the ongoing healthcare crisis.
Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen: Everyone on the left agrees that single-payer health care is the goal. But a purist approach will only mean defeat
Ryan Skolnick: Virtually all of Speaker Rendon’s other arguments can be answered with the same response, “the Assembly was always intended to be the place where the bill was completed.”
Jaime O’Neill: That grim conversation took place at UC Davis Med Center on January 29th of this year. Things immediately began to speed up. A date for surgery was hastily arranged, a surgical team assembled.