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Easy Fix for Health Care

Easy Fix for Health Care

By Dennis Loo (6-26-17)

You won't hear any of this from Congress, or mainstream media, or right-wing media, still less the White House: the insurance companies (HMOs) don't do anything except act as middle-men and are not needed. They only siphon off profits for themselves, like giant ticks. Health care should cost, and would cost, far less and for everyone, sick or healthy. Obamacare (the ACA) was originally a Heritage Foundation idea that Gov. Mitt Romney adopted for Massachusetts and then in order to become a "viable" (read: expensive) presidential candidates, Obama and Hillary made a pact with the HMOs not to offer a single-payer or a government option.

The Republicans are in a fix because they have been promising a better plan than Obamacare for years, but they can't deliver on their twin goals: enriching their friends in the insurance industry further but keeping enough healthy people in to make any insurance plan cost-effective. They just can't do it. The point I started from bears repeating: what we hear and what we don't hear from authorities is key to their decrepit system surviving. It is a form of governance and a mode of exercising power. It is nothing less. And the only way to break through that is for enough people making what isn't doscussed by authorities part of the whole discourse. You always start a social movement with small numbers and you have to be willing to start with those smaller forces with an aim in your strategy to grow larger. It is hard, but the only realistic alternative.

Trump, Pence: How to Best Take Them On Part 3

Trump, Pence: How to Best Take Them On - Part 3

By Dennis Loo (6/23/17)

Part 1 is here.

Part 2 is here.

There are, of course, many different dimensions to the question of how best to deal with this Trump-Pence regime. On the one hand, it can quickly become a very complicated issue, as anyone alive and at least semi-aware knows. On the other hand, there are certain simple truths that you have to get right or you will immediately, or soon thereafter, go astray.

Let's begin with the simple truths and then move from there.

The first simple fact: more of the same or similar won't do. We got here through those means and if this result is unacceptable to you, then you have to take a different path. As Sherlock Holmes said in The Sign of the Four story: "How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?"

We are dealing with a system and therefore our aim is to change the governing system logic with a different system. While Trump is hardly normal, in fact, highly abnormal, even his closest associates are running in circles trying to please their mercurial and agitated boss, and Trump though he doesn't like it, needs other people to do anything. As peculiar and out-from-right-field as Trump is, the issue is not mainly him. The problem we face is not "human nature" as people usually mistakenly mean that - greedy, selfish, narrow-minded - but the logic of capital and the pursuit of more capital. Even Trump obeys that law. As would anyone else, including Bernie Sanders. The existing system isn't going to offer you within its existing legal channels the means to undo that very system. It would be crazy to do that and there is a reason why no system ever has done so. If you think that voting for a new system is on the ballot, then you have another think coming. You have to go outside the normal channels. That is what the Civil Rights Movement, the anti-war movement and the women's movement all learned and showed. That is what history can teach us, if you pay attention to that cumulative and world-historic experience, which leads us to the second simple truth.

Read more: Trump, Pence: How to Best Take Them On Part 3

Trump and Pence: How Best to Take Them On? Part 2

Trump and Pence: How Best to Take Them On? Part 2

Part I is here.

By Dennis Loo (6/22/17)

For example, Revolution quotes Andy Zee, who is the main spokesman for this anti-fascist movement saying, 

All the more so because this regime is hell-bent on imposing fascism: with all the arrogance and ignorance, the Bible taken literally and the flag, the racist genocide and misogyny that is the true face of Make America Great Again. Yes, there are differences from German fascism in the 1930s, but two important points: one, there are striking parallels to the rise of fascism in the ’30s. And, second, and at the heart of the matter, the essential character of fascism is present: a qualitative change in how society is governed—through essentially open terror and the elimination of basic democratic rights. Only in the U.S. today, Donald Trump has nuclear weapons and the most powerful military in world history under his command.

Yes, the Trump regime is hell-bent on remaking the norms along fascist rather than bourgeois-democratic lines, where for example, due process for the accused is suspended permanently and the presumption is no longer innocent until proven guilty, but once accused, you are assumed to be guilty. The many Trump executive orders include such as at least implicit language within them. But note that Trump is getting a lot of resistance to his and Pence's efforts. Note that their intent and what they have been saying and all of their bluster is different from what they do. Rather than viewing this as a well-thought out strategy, consider how precious little Trump thinks ahead about anything. Look at when they tried to implement the travel ban at airports, how push back happened immediately from protestors and even judges. Trump can point to no legislation except the terrible (and likely unpassable through the Senate) GOP "health care" bill finally passed in the House but which even the GOP can barely muster comments, let alone enthusiasm for. 

Read more: Trump and Pence: How Best to Take Them On? Part 2

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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12