Medicare

It ceases to become patriotism. As a child, I remember reading about post-revolution farmers laying down their plowshares to serve a year or two in government. It was understood that serving one’s government was a patriotic, albeit temporary, duty, not a career. Growing beans, potatoes, and corn made you a...

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  • October 5, 2022

In the White House Rose Garden yesterday, President Joe Biden read from a twelve-page pamphlet labeled by its author Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) as the  “12 Point Plan to Rescue America.” The Republican party’s most fervent dreams are in it, getting rid of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Just as...

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  • September 28, 2022

Democrats have wanted to invest in climate control for twenty years and, at the least, take the issue seriously. After weeks of turning their backs on soldiers exposed to human, chemical, and toxic waste from burn pits, GOP politicians finished their ruthlessness by voting, by a majority, to deny children,...

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  • August 8, 2022

Arizona’s Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema vowed to constituents she would help to lower the cost of prescription drugs. “We need to make health care more affordable, lower prescription drug prices, and fix the problems in the system – not go back to letting insurance companies call all the shots,” she...

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  • August 3, 2022

In nineteen seventy-four, I reached three milestones in my life. In March of that year, I turned eighteen; ten days later, I registered with selective service—conscription ended in 1973, and naively I registered as an independent voter. I remember the sense of power I felt. I could join the military...

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  • October 27, 2021

The straight news or punditry often starts with the premise of scaring the American people away with a price tag. From the Biden Build Back Better plan reporting, one would think that its’ only attribute—or detriment, depending on your point of view, is the 3.5 trillion dollar price tag. Even...

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  • October 18, 2021

For Christmas (and Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa), Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to give working-class West Virginians a child tax credit, child care assistance, free preschool, two free years of community college, lower health insurance premiums, expanded Medicare, home health care assistance for the elderly, an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit...

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  • October 16, 2021

Republicans have proved to be masters at soundbite manipulation. The GOP has gotten, mainly, poor white people in the Red States to oppose Medicare expansion, happily believing that rich people trickling on them will eventually improve their lot. Truth in schools is being portrayed as a threat to whiteness, and...

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  • October 15, 2021

Thom Hartmann visits and reveals an inconvenient truth about Medicare and Medicare Advantage and the fraud that is our healthcare system. The first part of the interview discusses the ills of our healthcare system in general. We discuss the Medicaid Advantage fraud at18:33. Thom Hartmann describes our fraudulent healthcare x...

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  • September 15, 2021

Medicare Advantage is a corporate scam and Thom Hartmann makes that clear. Democrats in Congress school Republicans on Afghanistan. Lt. Governor admonished Red State Governors. Thom Hartmann on Medicare Advantage x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799...

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  • September 14, 2021

Civilized societies dictate that every opinion counts: but is that true? Put another way, yes, everyone is entitled to their opinion but the real question is; should every opinion count? Oh sure, there is value in hearing everyone out, but what happens once that opinion is given is what separates...

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  • September 1, 2021

Let me start by saying no one—for or against—is in favor of abortion. Subjecting a woman and her partner to outside scrutiny from what is the most anguished-filled decision of their lives, is no business of any of ours to decide for any woman. One of the few tenets left...

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  • August 20, 2021

From that moment in November of 1969, when former President Richard Nixon asked for a “silent majority” to support his ‘Vietnamization’ effort, utilizing the peace with honor strategy; America’s shotgun wedding to the GOP marriage of silent loyalty and moral obedience was consummated. Between the Nixon and Reagan administrations, Republicans...

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  • August 13, 2021

When former President Obama introduced the Affordable Care Act, he made the recurring mistake Democrats often commit; negotiating with Republicans in good faith. Mr. Obama took it a step further and negotiated against himself. Although there were varying views within his panel of healthcare experts on how far the legislation...

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  • May 24, 2021

Former Conservative Republican Bill Kristol did not mince his words as he disparaged Trump’s Republican Party, which for all practical purposes, he has left. He has been on this necessary crusade for some time. Bill Kristol makes his case against the Republican Party See full episodes here. Bill Kristol is...

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  • May 15, 2021

Conservative Bill Kristol provides a revealing interview about his party. Jen Psaki neuters another unprepared reporter. Deranged congresswoman? Bill Kristol castigates the GOP x YouTube Video Chat – Join Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Former Conservative...

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  • May 14, 2021

Conservative Bill Kristol provides a revealing interview about his party. Jen Psaki neuters another unprepared reporter. Deranged congresswoman? Bill Kristol castigates the GOP Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Former Conservative Republican Bill Kristol did not mince...

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  • May 14, 2021

Among the countless examples of inane “Washington group-think” is the notion that only Democrats have to “pay for” their legislative priorities (i.e., enact corresponding tax increases and/or spending cuts to match the costs of new programs).   Republicans do not remotely consider themselves so constrained — in part because they also are...

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  • May 13, 2021

The raison d'être of the Republican Party for much of the past 100 years has been to slam the brakes on anything that would make the poor and middle class feel more secure and prosperous.  Look at the list of popular government programs and initiatives they’ve decried as “socialism”: unemployment insurance, Social Security,...

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  • May 1, 2021

Is this guy blaming Daunte Wright for his death? BLM has been under attack, bit the real numbers are out. It’s time to force a reduction in drug prices. Daunte Wright is not to blame Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls:...

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  • April 23, 2021

Anand Giridharadas wrote a piece for The Atlantic asserting that Biden has been moving leftward.  This may only be a short term impression only because the GOP is trying to find its way after the previous guy is gone and before he may be indicted. The real problem lies with...

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  • April 16, 2021

An exasperated listener to PDR asked if my book addressed how to talk to Right-Wing friends whose sole intent is to prove they are right. How do you get past that knee-jerk reaction? How to talk to your Right-Wing friend See full episodes here. Guess what? Too many fall into the belief...

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  • April 15, 2021
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I read “Biden Can Go Bigger and Not ‘Pay for It’ the Old Way” by Economics Professor and MMT advocate Stephanie Kelton. It is an important read that we need to understand. Stephanie Kelton hits the nail on the head. See full episodes here. Ironically Professor Kelton shared some concerns with former...

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  • April 7, 2021

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg slammed Texas. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee supports Supreme Court Expansion. GOP ignores the M4A vote. It is time to tax the rich. Pete Buttigieg slams Texas Chat – Join Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254...

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  • April 1, 2021

It always seemed absurd to me that hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens have no effective representation in Congress. And I’m not just talking about Alabamans. But to hear some conservatives tell it, that’s as it should be because, you know, D.C. doesn’t have a car dealership. And they already make their...

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  • March 22, 2021

The GOP march to minority rule is aided by the constitution. My interview at Netroots with now Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. Medicare for All would have saved the lives of thousands. Deb Haaland, a real Progressive Chat – Join Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom:...

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  • March 16, 2021

Rep. Deb Haaland visited with Politics Done Right at Netroots Nation 2019. She is one of very few Native American women serving in Congress and now 1st Interior Secretary. First Native American Cabinet member, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland See full episodes here. I was so excited when President Joe Biden...

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  • March 16, 2021

I often get scolded by my Progressive brethren because they believe I should put no effort trying to bring in those on the Right into the fold. That is not what I am attempting, and the Conservatives I talk to know I am not trying to turn them into Democrats. When...

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  • March 5, 2021

These kinds of stories drive me up the wall. There’s nothing heartwarming or cute about this, but it’s the kind of thing people in this country slurp up like syrup. Nothing against the journalist who brought this grotesquerie to light, but my takeaway from this tragic tale is that we...

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  • March 1, 2021

The Republican Party should listen to both Fareed Zakaria and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Otherwise, the party will be dead sooner rather than later. UK Conservatives our Liberals? See full episodes here. Fareed Zakaria has some advice for the Republican Party. Adopt UK’s Boris Johnson’s social and economic progressive...

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  • March 1, 2021

Democrats look for solutions, and Republicans look for blame. I am not sure where I heard that phrase and I probably rejected it as just political rhetoric.  Recent events have given me reasons to examine and not dismiss the statement. Democrats are not perfect as demonstrated by the wavering support...

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  • February 22, 2021

The combination of Cancun Ted Cruz, lying Greg Abbott, and Texas Electric Collapse will be Strike 3 for Texas Conservatism if we make the case. Is Texas conservatism dead? See full episodes here. The misery that Texans are feeling right now is widespread. Both the rich and poor are stressed...

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  • February 19, 2021

Here’s some big news on health care: Sen. Michael Bennet is leading the drive for a public health insurance option in the U.S. The Colorado Democrat and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine first introduced their public option bill, Medicare-X, three years ago and reintroduced it on Wednesday. Under the bill, Medicare-X...

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  • February 18, 2021

Well, I will send one to old Rubio as well. Senator Scott,    You are an embarrassment to the people of Florida and have been for a long time. I must congratulate you however, for being in the presence of  likeminded company such as yourself in the Senate with  bootlicking...

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  • February 9, 2021

It’s easy to see why the minimum wage is unacceptable The minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.2  If it had been indexed to the consumer price index since 1968, the minimum wage would now be $10.15. If it had kept pace with executive-level pay increases, it would be $23.3 So...

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  • February 6, 2021

Trans activist Sofia Sepulveda discusses Medicare for all, immigrants, and more. It’s no fluke the economy does much better under Democrats. Democrats by far better for economy Chat – Join Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM CentralVideo Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics: We explore...

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  • February 3, 2021

Ali Velshi made it clear. Private prisons are a perverse incentive. The same applies to healthcare. It is tantamount to extortion for both. Ali Velshi nails it See full episodes here. Early in Ali Velshi’s piece, he said that private prisons are a stupid amoral idea. Later he made the case...

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  • February 3, 2021

There’s been considerable attention paid to Amanda Gorman’s poem at the Inaugural, and since I had 15 minutes to explain the last story on semiotics as a cultural analysis tool, I decided to try again, this time with twice as much time and with some simple and less-simple examples. From...

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  • January 22, 2021

I live in Virginia, where we have now entered phase 1b for vaccination. On Sunday  notices were sent out as to who was eligible. As a teacher in the Pre-K through 12 range, I was included. Our medical care is through Virginia Hospital Center, where my wife’s cancer was largely...

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  • January 15, 2021

LA County USC Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brad Spellberg reveals our failed healthcare system's inconvenient truth. A lousy healthcare system kills x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Dr. Brad Spellberg was on MSNBC discussing overwhelmed ICUs in Southern California. He said their ICUs have been full...

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  • December 28, 2020

A very concerned Anand Giridharadas wonders where is the muscularity of Democrats as Republicans continue to fail on American pandemic relief. Giridharadas is right to be concerned x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Anand said he was nearly brought to tears listening to the pain of a woman...

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  • December 11, 2020

Stephanie Ruhle did not hold back as she excoriated the government's response to COVID. Her empathy for the plight of most is unparalleled. Stephanie Ruhle gets it x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. In a very poignant message, Stephanie Ruhle detailed her experience in which the entire family was infected...

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  • December 8, 2020

Pundits in the media want me to believe that because 74 million people voted for Donald Trump, their opinions count more than the 81 million that voted for Joe Biden. Publications, tv talking heads, and analyst say over and over, we need to listen to the 70 million that voted...

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  • December 7, 2020

The best ad is one that is based on reality. West Wing star, Richard Schiff, contracted COVID-19 in Canada and saw Medicare For All in action. West Wing star supports Medicare for All in Canada x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. West Wing star Richard Schiff thought he...

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  • November 28, 2020

Joe Scarborough stumbles onto some truths. West Wing star tells the truth about Canada’s Medicare-for-All. Americans are suffering. Does Joe Scarborough have an inconvenient truth? x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics: Joe Scarborough...

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  • November 27, 2020

Republicans sure have some odd ideas about who should serve in Congress. They’ve backed alleged pedophiles, QAnon weirdos, and — because there’s simply no limit to the depths of indecency they’ll giddily plumb — an alleged multiple murderer: x KYLE RITTENHOUSE FOR CONGRESS— Rep. Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) November 21, 2020 And...

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  • November 22, 2020

UC Davis Professor Carlton Larson discusses ON TREASON. Lindsey Graham wants Georgia to steal the election, Medicare for All now. Professor Carlton Larson visits x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics: Former Obama official,...

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  • November 17, 2020

Heidi Heitkamp, former North Dakota Senator is a classic example of the attacks every progressive must endure, a reason for many losses. Progressive challenges GOP-talking-points sympathizer x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Heidi Heitkamp appeared on This Week to discuss the election. It is clear that some Democrats...

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  • November 8, 2020

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) responsibly hit hard on the current attempt to blame Democratic underperformance on Progressives. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) defends Progressives x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. It did not take long. Barely 48 hours after the election, a centrist Democrats began the irresponsible and unnecessary attack with...

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  • November 8, 2020

A former member of U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ (R. ME) staff released a very compelling op-ed piece in the Press Herald where she talks about how she was date raped by her boyfriend and another man. She explains how getting her job working Collins helped her cope and move on...

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  • October 30, 2020
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