Single-payer healthcare, or Medicare-for-all, is a very popular issue. You wouldn’t know it from watching any of the Democrat presidential debates, though. There may not be any issue that more starkly divides the progressive left from the corporate left, and it is of course the latter that controls the corporate media organizations hosting the debates.
Big pharma and the insurance companies shell out a lot of cash to underwrite the events. The moderators, good marionettes that they are, ask questions that frame the issue the same way the pharmaceutical companies do during the commercial breaks. “Senator Sanders, how will you possibly pay for this pipe dream without raising taxes infinity billion dollars on the middle class?”
There’s a huge opportunity for a Democrat contender to thread the needle, to own the popular position while being able to distinguish himself from the rest of the field of favor of Medicare-for-all-without-a-private-payer-option prodigals: Restrict it to American citizens. If she’s called out for having expressed support for Medicare-for-the-world in the first debates–all of them did–she explains that in order to address the real concerns raised by the costs of such a program, her team figured out a way to make it affordable without having to raise taxes on Americans.
Sure, Jorge Ramos will call him names, but Hispandering doesn’t work. They don’t much vote, blacks don’t like being second-class victims, and woke whites are more concerned about him decrying kids in cages than making single-payer any harder to turn into a reality than it already is. How are Beto, Booker, and Castro–the three amigos who spoke in Spanish in the first debate–faring at the moment? Dropped out, about to drop out, and set to drop out the week after, that’s how.
For those with triple digit IQs, she can further explain that under her plan, no one will have to worry about being unable to afford going to the doctor. But there are a finite number of doctors in the country, so sometimes people could have to wait. Unlike the plans on offer from X, Y, and Z, under her plan Americans won’t be stuck in limbo because American doctors will be treating American patients. There won’t be people from all over the world line-jumping ahead of our fellow Americans who need medical help.
America first without calling it America first.