Diane Archer on Medicare for All

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Medicare for All rally, Los Angeles 2017

(cc photo: Molly Adams)

This week on CounterSpin: As a report from the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets website noted recently, pharmaceutical manufacturers and health insurance companies have a lot of points of disagreement these days—about who’s mainly to blame for high drug prices, for instance. But they agree on something: Medicare for All cannot become law.

Partnership for America’s Health Care Future (PAHCF), a coalition of drugmakers, insurance companies and private hospitals, is lobbying hard to sink the popular proposal, recently introduced in the House by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D.-Wash.). The coalition has such powerhouses as the AMA and Blue Cross/Blue Shield on its side, and spent some $143 million in lobbying in 2018 alone.  On the other side: the growing majority of Americans who think a wealthy country can do better than forcing people to choose between buying insulin and paying rent.

Which side are corporate media on? Well, we’re learning more about that every day. We’ll talk about Medicare for All and the media with Diane Archer—founder and former president of the Medicare Rights Center, she is currently president of JustCareUSA.

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Plus Janine Jackson takes a quick look back at recent coverage of Tucker Carlson, Venezuela and progressive Democrats.

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This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission from FAIR.