Universal healthcare was unthinkable in America, but not any more | Adam Gaffney

A single-payer healthcare system appears closer than ever but to make it a reality we must avoid the pitfalls of the past

Barack Obama dropped a bombshell into the healthcare debate roiling the Democratic party last Friday. “Democrats aren’t just running on good old ideas like a higher minimum wage,” he said, “they’re running on good new ideas, like Medicare for All …” His endorsement made headlines, and for a good reason: until recently, real universal healthcare had long resided on...

Bernie Sanders: Trump is right, Australia’s healthcare system is better than ours – video

Donald Trump told the Australian prime minister in May, ‘You have better healthcare than we do’. As the US Senate votes on repealing the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders has taken to the Senate floor to agree with Trump: ‘He’s not right very often, but on this issue he is.’ Australia has a universal healthcare system that costs less than half what the US spends per capita on healthcare and delivers much better outcomes

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What conservative pundits say about Trumpcare (spoiler: they all dislike it)

Conservative commentators have derided the Republican bill as weak, visionless, and a treasonous acceptance of the basic thrust of the Affordable Care Act

Senate Republicans pleased no one this week. Granted, they were never going to get much love from Democrats defending Obamacare, or their more progressive colleagues who are daring to talk aloud again about a single payer scheme. But their own ideological bedfellows also went after them as their plan, such as it was, was shelved un...