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universal health care

In crafting the ACA, Democrats worked hard and failed to win Republican support, and they worked hard, with some success, to win support from doctors, hospitals, pharma and other “stakeholders.” But that support – from doctor and hospital groups in particular – was lukewarm at best eight years later as Republicans pressed their repeal efforts. And so, according to Pollack: “The lesson Democrats have learned politically is that they’re alone. They’re not going to get Republican support. They’re not going to get stakeholder support for some of the most critical things.” Pollack added that Democrats have also learned from the tactics Republicans used in their bids to ram through ACA repeal bills (very nearly successful) and tax cuts (successful) via budget reconciliation, a Senate maneuver that avoids filibuster and so can enable a bill to pass with just 51 Senate votes. (That would solve the problem, highlighted by Timothy Jost, of winning over the most moderate and vulnerable Democratic senators.) “Democrats will be much more ruthless the next time around,” Pollack asserts.

Medicare for (almost) all, brought to Earth

February 23, 2018 – There's not much for beneficiaries of such a system not to like. Medicare Extra promises all-but-universal access to virtually all… Read more

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Kennedy’s 1980 message perfect in 2012

September 4, 2012 – "Ted Kennedy’s speech at the 1980 Democratic convention still echoes in my mind. It remains the finest, most inspiring political oration… Read more

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Vermont moves toward single-payer

May 12, 2011 – Vermont is a signature away from adopting an ambitious plan that would put the state on a path toward a single-payer system and ultimately,… Read more

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Is health reform written in the stars?

April 30, 2009 – President Obama has a lot on his plate. If you hadn’t already sensed the magnitude of the challenges he’s facing, the POTUS… Read more