Seriously: Is the Public Option really an option?

The Public Option doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of being enacted, even at the state level, as long as the insurance industry and its allies are able to continue spending whatever it takes to influence both elections and public policy.

Hillary Clinton, and now President Obama, have ‘Public Option Fever.’ But is it contagious enough to overcome the power of Big Money?

Well, well, well. It seems as if the Democrats have once again come down with Public Option Fever.

Forgive me for being cynical, but folks, until we address the democracy-stifling and status-quo protecting influence of Big Money in politics in this country, the Public Option – which the health insurance industry vehemently opposes – is not going …

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US elections 2016: ‘People are attracted to Trump because he’s not taking money’

Consumer advocate Wendell Potter, co-author of Nation on the Take, explains how legislation was overturned to allow the financial corruption of US politics and what needs to be done to stop it.
Originally published by The Guardian on April 10, 2016
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Take Back Your Power!

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downloadThere are not many things that Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on these days, but there is one issue in which there is almost unanimity: we must do something about the corrosive role that Big Money plays in American politics.

That “something” is this: We must take back our power. Our ability to self-govern. And we must undertake this with a sense of urgency.

There is agreement from one end …

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How a Little Known Native-American Tribe Is Leading the Way to Better Dental Care in America

In a David versus Goliath showdown, a small Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest is challenging one of the country’s most powerful and politically well-connected special interests in its mission to improve the oral health of its children.

The David in this fight is the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in Washington state’s Puget Sound area. The Goliath most likely will surprise you. It’s none other than organized dentistry, which over many years has spent millions of dollars on image …

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GOP candidates and the Faulty Five

“After dozens of attempts over the past five years, Republicans were finally able to get a bill through Congress last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It was all theatrics, of course. As everyone expected, President Obama vetoed the bill as soon as it reached his desk on Friday.

Despite what they might tell their constituents, Republican lawmakers know that as long as Obama calls the White House home, which he will for another full year, Obamacare will not …

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Debating ‘Medicare for All’ System Is Good for Nation’s Health, say Doctors

“Neither Clinton’s nor Sanders’ [plan] has much of a chance of being successful unless there are significant changes in the makeup of the Congress that would put Democrats in charge of both chambers again,” (said Wendell Potter).

Published by eNews Park Forest on January 22, 2016.

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