Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Politics of Health Care, or M4A Now!

RIP Carrie Ann Lucas

Put simply, our expensive and failing health care and health insurance systems are not amenable to incremental reforms. Radical changes are needed, and needed now. So-called moderate, centrist tweaks that don't fundamentally change our approach to health care amount to little more than whistling past the graveyard.

It's past time we recognized as a society that politics are not a horse race, a low-consequence game where we cheer for Team Blue or Team Red. Politics are a life and death struggle to meet the material needs of an entire population. We're battling for basic human rights against capital. And, we're losing. The bodies continue to pile up while we tolerate mendacious politicians betraying their constituencies, betraying us all.

Carrie Ann Lucas deserved better. Every person getting priced out of their insulin deserves better. Kids shouldn't be dying because their families can't afford inhalers.

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