Don Belcher on SIngle Payer

Originally published on 9/7/2019

What many of us have been saying for decades concerning the Democratic Party and Single Payer healthcare is that the Democrats always find ways to divert this discussion with language like, “Yes, we support Single Payer, but … we cannot do it because of A, B, C, D, E, F, or G” … and the list keeps going.

At a time when more and more people are bringing up the need for Single Payer, the Democrats divert the conversation away from Single Payer by insisting on the many things we need to do first.

There is a reason they do this: The Democrats, fundamentally, are supporting the 1 percent in this country, and Single Payer runs counter to the interests of the 1 percent. A lot of these people are big donors to the Democratic Party, and they have big investments in the health insurance companies.

What we must do is build an independent movement for Single Payer that is not beholden to the Democratic Party politicians.

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