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The coronavirus has created record support for Medicare For All

A new poll shows a solid majority of Americans in favor of Medicare For All. It should come as no surprise — the horrors of the private health insurance system are now being put on full display.
by Luke Savage
Amid all the anxiety and uncertainty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a majority of Americans do at least seem sure of one thing: they want Medicare For All.
According to a new poll released this week by Morning Consult, popular support for a single-payer program (M4A) has tied for a record high in the history of the firm’s own research – commanding a solid 55 percent support among all registered voters. Representing a nine-point jump since February, the surge has been driven in large part by independents, a majority of whom support M4A for the first time since June 2019.
The causes of this shift are not hard to identify given the scope of the current crisis and the strain it has visibly placed on America’s already ramshackle and largely profit-driven health care system. With…

There’s never been a better time for us to end private health insurance than right now

The coronavirus crisis will lead to health insurance premium increases by up to 40 percent next year. We can’t afford that. Instead of seeing premiums skyrocket or bailing out private health companies, we need to seize this moment to abolish private insurance and create a single, national insurance plan.
by Tim Higginbotham 
Part 2 - Now Is the Time
There has never been a more obvious moment to take the leap to single-payer health care. The familiar arguments against it, disingenuous in the first place, are suddenly outwardly ridiculous and easy to refute.
Joe Biden has been using his scarce media appearances to assure viewers that he still opposes Medicare for All, Bernie Sanders’s popular single-payer plan that would comprehensively cover all Americans at no out-of-pocket cost. But his arguments — that Medicare for All would be too expensive, that it would disrupt people’s employer-sponsored coverage, and that it would bring too large a change from the status quo — no longer carry th…

Already faced with famine and war, Yemenis fear Saudi Arabia is weaponizing COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Saudi Arabia has engaged in a number of questionable practices that have Yemenis fearing the Kingdom may be intentionally trying to spread the virus.
by Ahmed Abdulkareem 
Part 3 - Is Yemen already infected?
Thus far, there are no officially confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in Yemen; however, Ansar Allah officials told MintPress that they have recorded cases near the Saudi border and in southern Yemen, however, MintPress was not able to verify those claims independently. According to Ansar Allah, at least ten Saudi-backed militants in the Medi front near Hajjah have been infected with coronavirus, but those numbers have yet to be officially confirmed by medical bodies.
Although Yemen’s authorities have already taken pre-emptive measures by closing the ports under their control and preventing public gatherings, they would likely quickly be overwhelmed should there be an outbreak of coronavirus as they are already struggling to maintain essential service…

Meet the Americans studying medicine on the Cuban government’s dime

The Cuban government has been paying Americans through a little known program to study medicine in order to return to the United States and serve underprivileged communities.
by Alan Macleod
Part 3 - Necessity meets invention
Out of necessity, Cuba abandoned oil-thirsty, mechanized agriculture and embraced local, organic gardening, small-scale farming, permaculture, and a more vegan diet. As such, the changes, forced upon the population out of desperation ultimately led to positive changes in diet, industry, and lifestyle. Today, Cubans enjoy a longer life expectancy than Americans. The period is explored in the documentary “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil.”
The health industry was also forced to change to a cheaper system of preventative medicine. Health professionals across the country were assigned local neighborhoods and instructed to visit and consult with every resident, nipping problems in the bud before they developed into costly diseases. Thus, teenage obesit…

Dear Berners: Dementia Joe is how much “your” party HATES you

by Paul Street
Part 10 - Biden Would Veto Medicare for All, So Reciprocate the Hate

Meanwhile, this was just sent to me: “Biden Indicates He’d Veto ‘Medicare-for-All.
Just because it’s from FOX News doesn’t mean it’s not true. It’s accurate: Bernie’s (literally) demented “friend” Joe Biden would veto a measure to make health care a human right in the U.S. Think about that. Let that sink in. Biden is the very definition of a class enemy, comrades.
The corporate Democrats are Public Enemy #1 in my opinion. The Trumpenvolk would never ride without these sorry, sold out agents of capital posing as “democrats.”
“Progressive” Democrats, please have the mental and moral capacity to get and act on the simple and undeniable fact that “your” party’s establishment hates you. Hate them back. It’s okay: you need to turn your Bernie buttons in for Yellow Vests and gas masks.
Source, links, further info:
https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/03/13/dear-berners-dementia-joe-is-how-much-your-party-hates-yo…

Σχέδιο για στήσιμο κάλπης πάνω στον φόβο

της Μαρίνας Αλεξανδρή
Τα σημερινά «ΝΕΑ» κυκλοφορούν με πρωτοσέλιδο τίτλο «Εγώ και η καραντίνα».  Οπου «εγώ» ο Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης, και το story αφορά και περιγράφει «το 24ωρο του πρωθυπουργού στην εποχή του κορονοϊού».
Προφανώς το πώς έχει προσαρμοστεί και πώς αντιμετωπίζει το social distancing ο πρωθυπουργός είναι η κυρίαρχη αγωνία των πολιτών της χώρας – των ίδιων πολιτών που περνούν τα δικά τους 24ωρα με φόβο για την ζωή τους, τρόμο για την ζωή των δικών τους ανθρώπων και σε πλήρη αβεβαιότητα για το εάν, μετά τον κορονοϊό, θα επιβιώσουν και από την οικονομική κρίση.
Προφανώς επίσης, το πρωτοσέλιδο αυτό δεν είναι παρά ένας ακόμη κρίκος στο σχέδιο επικοινωνιακής και πολιτικής διαχείρισης, πάνω στο οποίο ο Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης έχει επιλέξει να πορευτούν, από την πρώτη στιγμή της πανδημίας: Αντικατάσταση της πολιτικής και κρατικής ευθύνης από την «ατομική ευθύνη», χτίσιμο ηγετικού, έως «πατρικού» προφίλ, για τον πρωθυπουργό, κεφαλαιοποίηση του φόβου, εργαλειοποίησή του κοινωνικού σοκ ως…

Varoufakis claims that the innermost circle of the Greek PM owns shares of vulture funds connected with the non-performing loans of Greek banks

globinfo freexchange
A fierce denunciation that could trigger a political earthquake was made by Yianis Varoufakis (the former Greek minister of finance under SYRIZA government, and current leader of DIEM 25), who, during a live broadcast of a TV Channel of Thessaly-Greece, revealed that the innermost circle of Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ family owns shares in funds that buy non-performing loans from Greek banks.
As he said (emphasis added):
                    The most important – and this demonstrates the government’s criminal negligence- is a law that was passed in December, called ‘Hercules’, which entitles the funds that buy people’s non-performing loans, if they do not receive the money that borrowers owe them for three consecutive months, to ask Mr. Mitsotakis and Mr. Staikouras for €12 billion, which the State certainly does not have.
                    You know where the State will find the money: It will borrow it from the Troika to give it to the funds. Good grief! At such times, …

US Treasury is running ‘mafia racket’ against Venezuela

The Grayzone
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Pino Arlacchi, the former Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Prevention, about the US decision to charge Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with drug trafficking. 
Arlacchi explains that in his 40 years of anti-narcotic work, he never came across evidence of Venezuela’s involvement in the drug trade— instead saying that the US and Colombia drive drug production and consumption. 
As a leading expert on the Italian mafia, Arlacchi says the US government is actually the party behaving like an organized crime unit in its treatment of Venezuela. 
Arlacchi also discusses his work at the UN, which included a push to end the heroine trade in Afghanistan. He says his efforts were undermined by US officials after the 2001 invasion of the country. 

Amazon on strike: what workers need to know about their rights

The Grayzone
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Kevin Gustafson, an organizer with Democracy at Work and host of the Sensible Socialist Podcast, about the strike sweeping the online shopping industry. On March 31st, workers for Amazon, Whole Foods, and Instacart went on strike to protest unsafe working conditions in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Anya and Kevin discuss their demands as well as what workers should know if they are planning to strike.

Που είναι οι 3.285 γιατροί και νοσηλευτές που «προσέλαβε» ο κ. Κικίλιας;

της Μαρίνας Αλεξανδρή 
Πριν από δέκα ημέρες ο υπουργός Υγείας Βασίλης Κικίλιας δήλωνε ότι οι διαδικασίες προσλήψεων ιατρικού και νοσηλευτικού προσωπικού «τρέχουν» πάση δυνάμει, ότι ήδη «έχουν αναλάβει» 176 νεοπροσληφθέντες γιατροί, και πως έχουν εγκριθεί 2145 προσλήψεις - 431 γιατροί και 1714 νοσηλευτές - που θα ολοκληρωθούν «μέσα στο επόμενο δεκαήμερο». Και δεσμεύτηκε ότι «όπως έχει τονίσει ο πρωθυπουργός, θα γίνουν όσες προσλήψεις χρειαστούν».
Το δεκαήμερο πέρασε και προχθές ο υφυπουργός Υγείας Βασίλης Κοντοζαμάνης δήλωνε ότι, μέχρι την περασμένη Πέμπτη, είχαν εγκριθεί 3.285 προσλήψεις ιατρικού και νοσηλευτικού προσωπικού, και ότι οι κλίνες ΜΕΘ σε όλη την χώρα έχουν αυξηθεί σε 813 από 565 που ήταν πριν από δύο μήνες.
Το πρώτο ερώτημα είναι που βρίσκονται και ποια κενά έχουν καλύψει - ή θα καλύψουν - οι γιατροί και νοσηλευτές που, κατά τους δύο υπουργούς, έχουν προσληφθεί, ή τουλάχιστον βρίσκονται καθ’ οδόν προς τα νοσοκομεία. Το δεύτερο ερώτημα είναι πώς ακριβώς «ανοίγουν» και με πο…