Thursday, February 25, 2010

SPUSA Statement on Obama's "Healthcare Summit"

A Corporate Restructuring of Healthcare Fails the American People
by Billy Wharton, co-chair Socialist Party USA

February 25, 2010 - At the President’s Healthcare Summit today, the American people witnessed a debate between the bad proposal for healthcare reform and the even worse one. The Democrats House and Senate Bill’s fail to address the growing problems of for-profit healthcare. Instead, by mandating the purchase of healthcare, their plan will create a profitable market for private health insurance companies to exploit. The Republican’s counter-proposal, which seeks to allow consumers to buy insurance plans across state lines, would reverse decades of necessary reforms carried out at the state-level. This would give mega-healthcare corporations a free-hand to expand their already abusive practices.

While the two parties squabble about how to carry out the corporate restructuring of healthcare, the American people continue to suffer under a for-profit healthcare system. 50 million people are underinsured, another 20 million underinsured and nearly 50,000 people die each year from preventable illnesses. In response, millions of Americans have begun to avoid healthcare – a recent survey indicates that 6 out of 10 have either deferred or delayed necessary care in the last year.

A fundamental political shift in the healthcare debate is necessary. Instead of a discussion of how markets should operate or how to build the proper risk pool to insure profits, we should be examining how to recognize healthcare as a basic human right of all people. Simply put, healthcare should not be treated as a commodity. Private health insurers provide no medical benefit to the people they cover. They merely extract profits from the doctor-patient relationship. Instead, we should create a comprehensive medical system that guarantees no-charge access and the provision of all medically necessary care.

Near the end of today’s summit, President Barack Obama asked “Can America, the wealthiest nation on earth, do what every industrialized country in the world does?” As a socialist, my answer is yes, but it will not come for the Democratic or Republican proposals. Instead, a single-payer National Healthcare Program would provide universal access for all people in America. Such a program would pave the way for the creation of a fully socialized medical system that would insure healthcare as a human right.

The time for high-level summits and backroom wrangling among politicians who have received large-scale contributions from private insurers and pharmaceutical companies has ended. It is now time for the creation of a mass social movement that expresses the desires of everyday Americans for a medical system organized around the values of solidarity, compassion and justice. Rejecting both the Democratic and Republican proposals will be a key part of this process.


Socialist Party USA on Healthcare

Obama's Reprehensible Attack on Single-Payer Option

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Great Recession (Depression?)

The signs of what is ahead for the U.S. working class continue to spell big trouble. More people are out of work and unemployed for longer than any other recession since the Great Depression. Millions of jobs are permanently gone, creating a "new" working class poor population. The condition of American workers is the worse it has been since the Great Depression. That word keeps popping up--DEPRESSION.

NYT: The New Poor--Millions of Unemployed Face Years Without Jobs

Fed Official Warns: Jobs will be Scarce--New Paradigm Shift

Socialists call this a class struggle!

The Economic Elite Vs. People of the USA

The Richest 1% Have Captured America's Wealth, What is it going to take to get it back?
The U.S. already had the highest inequality of wealth in the industrialized world prior to the financial crisis -- and it's gotten even worse.

Obama and the State of the Democrats

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Obama Still Doesn't Get It

In response to President Obama telling Business Week that he doesn't begrudge the excessive CEO pay and bonuses o Wall Street, several progressive commentators and bloggers have been in disbelief that Obama still does not seem to understand the magnitude of the disgust the American workers feel toward the capitalist class in the United States. In fact, Obama and the Democratic Party have been trying to win more support from the Wall Street business class that created the Great Recession. While the "leaders" and funders of the Democratic Party have been focusing on saving capitalism and the corporate elite, workers on main streets are desperately looking for a populist movement to support and fight back!

Paul Krugman, Oh.My.God Obama Clueless

Simon Johnson, Obama Still Doesn't Get It

Is Obama Committing Political Suicide? Calls Obscene Wall Street Bonuses Part of the "Free Market System"

Obama Bows to the Whinning of the Rich

What Does Obama Stand For?

Is Obama Trying to Dismantle Roosevelt's New Deal?

Thom Hartmann, Obama vs. FDR

FDR's Madison Square Garden Speech (Oct. 31, 1936)

Monday, February 1, 2010

This is Change?

President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union speech a few days ago, and while he performed well as usual, he delivered a SOTU speech that could almost have been given by Ronald Reagan, or George Bush. Tax Cuts, freeze government spending (except military and SS), etc. In other words, a President who promised "Change We Can Believe In" has delivered little change. It has been a sad year for Democrats and progressives as the Democratic House and Senate failed to deliver healthcare for all, or even a respectable "insurance reform" plan. The Democrats, and Obama, have blown the first year of this administration which promised so much but delivered so little. And the worse is yet to come!

Frank Rich: The State of the Union is Comatose

War Spending Surges in Obama's Budget

"Peace Prize" President Submits Largest War Budget Ever

Obama Increasing Funding for Nuclear Weapons