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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

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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…

Ο Χρυσοχοίδης επικροτεί την άθλια προπαγάνδα της μιντιακής χούντας!

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Μετά τον αποκλεισμό της βουλευτή ΣΥΡΙΖΑ στο νομό Καστοριάς, Ολυμπίας Τελιγιορίδου, από τη συνάντηση που έγινε στην Καστοριά με κλιμάκιο του ΕΟΔΥ, ήρθε η σειρά του Χρυσοχοίδη να αποδείξει πόσο "καθεστώς" είναι αυτή η κυβέρνηση.
Όπως αναφέρει το tvxs.gr:
                    Αίσθηση και αντιδράσεις προκάλεσε η δήλωση του Μιχάλη Χρυσοχοΐδη στο Πρώτο Θέμα, καθώς παραδέχτηκε πως τα μίντια «μεγέθυναν» τις συμπεριφορές ελάχιστων πολιτών. Ο υπουργός Προστασίας του Πολίτη, ανέφερε συγκεκριμένα ότι «η τηλεόραση μεγέθυνε ελάχιστες μειοψηφίες στις παραλίες και στα άλση» και μάλιστα προχώρησε επικροτώντας αυτό το γεγονός: «Καλά έκανε η τηλεόραση γιατί η πειθαρχία πρέπει να είναι απόλυτη. Οι πολίτες πειθάρχησαν και πειθαρχούν όταν αντιλαμβάνονται ότι τα προτεινόμενα είναι προς το συμφέρον τους. Είναι υποχρέωση της πολιτείας να τους κάνει να το αντιληφθούν».


Η απαράδεκτη δήλωση του υπουργού, υποτίθεται, προστασίας του πολίτη, δεν αποτελεί απλά άλλη μια απόδειξη της καθε…

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 1
The US health care system is going to be overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic for months to come. But when the spread of the virus finally does subside, many of its impacts will be here to stay. With millions of Americans likely to need expensive hospital stays this year, our nationwide health care costs are expected to increase by as much as $251 billion, according to a new analysis. As a result, US health insurance premiums could rise by up to 40 percent in 2021, exacerbating a crisis of ever-increasing costs that already leave Americans paying far more for care than the people of any other country.
What this means is that we’re about to hit a fork in t…

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 2 - Weaponizing COVID-19
Moreover, authorities in the Sana’a Health Ministry accused Saudi Arabia of trying to spread the coronavirus intentionally. On Monday, Saudi warplanes dropped boxes containing face masks in the al-Ahli district in Hodeida province and Bani Sa’ad and al-Taweilah in the al-Mahwit governorate as well as Nugom in Sana’a. The number of masks was insignificant and dropped into densely populated areas causing a predictably frenzied panic among desperate citizens who all stormed the locations to retrieve what protection they could. 
Authorities accuse the Saudi government of intentionally causing panic among Yemenis in order to encourage them to break social distancing guidelines and expedite the spread of COVID-19. If Saudi officials genuinely wanted to provid…

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 2 - “It was like going to the UN”
MintPress News spoke with two American attendees of ELAM to understand why they chose Cuba and how they found themselves on the tiny Caribbean island that has been shunned by American media and foreign policy. “It was like going to the UN,” said Sarpoma Sefa-Boakye, a Ghanaian-American who studied there between 2002 and 2009.
Dr. Sefa-Boakye now practices family medicine in San Diego. Walking to school every day, she said, she passed dorm rooms filled with Africans, Latin Americans and students from other Caribbean islands, all speaking different languages. “The teaching [here] is of the highest quality,” Olive Albanese assures me, with class sizes similar to those in American medical schools. Albanese is a fifth year student from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, currently…

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

by Paul Street
Part 9 - An Orwellian Masterpiece / AK-47?

The media,” a left friend writes from Michigan, “did everything they could to paint Sanders as anti-American and radical and hide Biden’s awful record.
Why is it,” a mainstream, pro-establishment Michigan Democrat (MPEMD) responds, “that Bernie can’t just admit he lost without blaming it on a grand conspiracy? More voters voted for Biden because more voters wanted to.
The MPEMD is off base. Bernie hasn’t acknowledged defeat yet and is too polite and respectful to blame his losses on a big plot. Call it a “grand conspiracy” of whatever you like, this is just an accurate description of historical reality: “the media …did everything they could to paint Sanders as anti-American and radical and hide Biden’s awful record.” That happened. It is precisely what occurred at “liberal” MSNBC (MSDNC) and CNN (and other outlets). MSDNC is reporting on history it helped make — “an Orwellian masterpiece” in the words of my friend Terry Thom…

Νεοφιλελευθερισμός: Ο καπιταλισμός της παρακμής και η δημόσια υγεία

«Αν υπάρξουν απολύσεις γιατρών στον ΕΟΠΥ, σας παρακαλώ αυτό δεν θέλω να το χρεωθεί η τρόικα, δεν θέλω να μου παίρνει την δόξα ο Τόμσεν για τα αυτονόητα. Οι αποφάσεις είναι δικές μου» (Άδωνις  Γεωργιάδης, 13/11/2013) 
του Λεωνίδα Καρίγιαννη
Μέρος 5ο - Δημόσια υγεία: Στήριξη όχι διάλυση

Η κυβέρνηση της ΝΔ είχε πάρει απόφαση να αποτελειώσει ότι είχαν διαλύσει οι μνημονιακές εντολές. 
Οι υπουργοί της κυβέρνησης δήλωναν σε όλους τους τόνους ότι θα «τελειώσουν» με κάθε τι το δημόσιο και κυρίως με την δημόσια υγεία. 
Αυτήν την δύσκολη στιγμή κοινωνία και εργαζόμενοι πρέπει να σταθούν απέναντι στις διαθέσεις της κυβέρνησης για «ιδιωτικοποίηση των πάντων».
Συνδικάτα, κοινωνικοί φορείς, κόμματα της αριστεράς πρέπει να απαιτήσουν την δραστική αύξηση των κονδυλίων για την δημόσια υγεία.
Πρέπει να απαιτήσουν την ορθολογική οργάνωση της δημόσιας υγείας με αύξηση του προσωπικού στα προ κρίσης επίπεδα, ενίσχυση  του ιατροτεχνολογικού εξοπλισμού, αγορά  ικανοποιητικού αριθμού σε αξονικούς  τομογράφους,…

Βαρουφάκης: πράξη νομοθετικού περιεχομένου άμεσα για πάγωμα του νόμου "Ηρακλής"

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Ο Γιάνης Βαρουφάκης συνεχίζει τον ανένδοτο αγώνα εναντίον του ύποπτου νόμου "Ηρακλής" που ψήφισε η κυβέρνηση Μητσοτάκη τον περασμένο Δεκέμβριο. Με νέα ανακοίνωσή του τόνισε:
                    Κόκκινα δάνεια: πράξη νομοθετικού περιεχομένου, σήμερα, άμεσα, με την οποία να παγώνετε όχι μόνο τους πλειστηριασμούς , αλλά ολόκληρο τον νόμο "Ηρακλή". 
                   Όπως σας έχω θυμίσει κύριε πρωθυπουργέ, αν δεν παγώσετε τον "Ηρακλή", θα ενεργοποιηθεί δημόσια εγγύηση από τα αρπακτικά ταμεία και τότε η κυβέρνησή σας, θα αναγκαστεί να δανειστεί από την Τρόικα, άλλα 12 δισεκατομμύρια, αυτή την εποχή κιόλας, υπέρ ποιανών; Όχι των τραπεζών, ή των δανειοληπτών βεβαίως, αλλά υπέρ των ταμείων! 
                    Σας προειδοποιούμε κύριε πρωθυπουργέ, κυρίες και κύριοι της κυβέρνησης: αν δεν κάνετε το αυτονόητο, να παγώσετε με πράξη νομοθετικού περιεχομένου τον "Ηρακλή", με αποτέλεσμα να αυξήσετε το δημόσιο χρέος κατά 12 δισεκατομμύρια(…

Despite calls for global ceasefire, Trump threatens war with Iran amid COVID-19

"Unsatisfied with a global pandemic and an economic collapse, Trump wants to add a major war into the mix."
by Andrea Germanos
As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on world economies, claims tens of thousands of lives, and cripples healthcare systems worldwide, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to threaten to attack Iran and make the country "pay a very heavy price" for any "attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq."
The threat comes on the heels of the Trump administration crippling Iran's access to crucial medial supplies as it battles over 47,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 by ramping up a sanctions regime on Iran that leading economists said was "feeding the coronavirus epidemic" and progressive organizations and Democrats said must be eased in light of the deadly disease.
"Unsatisfied with a global pandemic and an economic collapse, Trump wants to add a major war into the mix," Stephen Miles, executive dir…

Pompeo's 'transition' plan tells Venezuela to suffer into submission

The Grayzone
The Trump administration has unveiled a so-called 'democratic transition' plan that demands the ouster of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in exchange for a five-person "Council of State," and threatens "increased" sanctions if Venezuela does not comply. Latin America policy analyst Leonard Flores says that the plan is a non-starter and the latest US effort to starve Venezuelans into submission. 

Despite Joe Biden opposition, Bernie Sanders' Medicare For All surges in support

Christo Aivalis
A new poll by Morning Consult shows that 55% Registered American voters support Medicare for all, which is up 9% since last month, and up among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.

This is showing that as more people find themselves unemployed and affected by the crisis, they are realizing that private healthcare is not serving their needs, especially as they lose access to job-linked insurance plans. Despite all this, Joe Biden continues to oppose Single-payer Medicare for All, and is thus blowing an opportunity to win over the electorate. This, combined with his dementia and cognitive decline, will cause him to lose to Donald Trump.

But Bernie Sanders' solid commitment to medicare for all shows that he is the man to lead America during these hard times.

Καταγγελία-βόμβα Βαρουφάκη: ο κλειστός κύκλος της οικογένειας Μητσοτάκη έχει μετοχές στα ταμεία που αγοράζουν τα κόκκινα δάνεια!

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Το τελευταίο διάστημα, ο Γιάνης Βαρουφάκης αναφέρει συνεχώς, σε διάφορες συνεντεύξεις και ανακοινώσεις του Μέρα25, τον ύποπτο νόμο "Ηρακλή", που ψήφισε τον περασμένο Δεκέμβριο η κυβέρνηση Μητσοτάκη. Στο ακόλουθο βίντεο, με ημερομηνία ανάρτησης 30 Μαρτίου, δηλώνει χαρακτηριστικά:

                    Ακόμα δεν απάντησαν για τα κόκκινα δάνεια. Για τη μονιμοποίηση της προστασίας της πρώτης κατοικίας και των μικρομεσαίων. Ή, γι'αυτό που πρότεινα προσωπικά στον πρωθυπουργό: μια πράξη νομοθετικού περιεχομένου, με την οποία πρέπει να παγώσει ο "Ηρακλής" άμεσα. Γιατί και να αναβάλουμε τις πληρωμές των στεγαστικών, των επιχειρηματικών δανείων, τις δόσεις, να μην ενεργοποιηθούν οι εγγυήσεις στα αρπακτικά ταμεία, που έχουν δικαίωμα σε τρεις μήνες να ζητήσουν από το δημόσιο 12 δισεκατομμύρια, τα οποία ο κύριος Μητσοτάκης θα πρέπει να πάει στην Τρόικα να τα δανειστεί, υπέρ των αρπακτικών ταμείων! Αν είναι δυνατόν! Πράξη νομοθετικού περιεχομένου σήμερα ν…

April 1st 1957: the day Western mainstream media officially became masters of propaganda through a seemingly innocent April Fools' Day joke

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In 1957, BBC conducted a very interesting experiment. The spaghetti-tree hoax was a three-minute hoax report broadcast on April Fools' Day 1957 by the BBC current-affairs programme Panorama, purportedly showing a family in southern Switzerland harvesting spaghetti from the family "spaghetti tree".
At the time spaghetti was relatively little known in the UK, so that many Britons were unaware that it is made from wheat flour and water; a number of viewers afterwards contacted the BBC for advice on growing their own spaghetti trees.

Decades later, CNN called this broadcast "the biggest hoax that any reputable news establishment ever pulled".


This "innocent" farce showed dramatically the unimaginable power of TV and the mainstream media to shape massively the minds of millions. Earlier, Freud's young nephew, Edward Bernays, had set the foundations of modern propaganda.

It is worth to add that the technology of real-time video man…

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 1
The war in Yemen began in earnest on Mar. 26, 2015, but it is about to take on another complex dimension as that country grapples with a collapsed healthcare system and a new Saudi military escalation amid the looming threat of a coronavirus outbreak. That outbreak threatens a population already struggling against an unprecedented explosion of famine, epidemics and disease.
On Monday, the Saudi-led coalition announced a new military operation targeting three major Yemeni cities, including Sana’a, Hodeida, and Sadaa. In Sana’a, More than ten airstrikes struck a farm that bred Arabian horses in southeast Sana’a, killing 70 horses and injuring many more. A number of horse breeders were also killed or wounded in the attack. Saudi airstrikes also targeted the populated Attan neigh…

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 1
It’s a medical school like no other: the largest of its kind in the world. The Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba hosts students from well over 100 countries and every year, dozens of American students are paid to go there to train as doctors. Paid, that is, by the Cuban government on the proviso that they return to the U.S. and serve underprivileged communities.
Generally, students come from underprivileged backgrounds themselves and would not have been able to attend medical school in the U.S. for financial reasons. The average cost of in-state training at am American public college runs to nearly $35,000 per year, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, with private universities charging well over $50,000. Women and people of color make up the clear…