The political victory for President Obama in the Supreme Court has created an interesting shift in American politics. More important than the blow against his Republican opponent has been the re-energizing of Obama’s base, a loose coalition of liberals, labor, and leftists.
Introduction by Shamus Cooke, June 28, 2012 Workers Action is re-posting the following health care articles that were written as “Obamacare” was coming into existence. These article show that since day-one, nothing pro-worker was going to emerge out of the Democratic controlled congress. The interests of the health care corporations were placed ahead of everyone else’s interests, […]
Introduction by Shamus Cooke, June 28, 2012 Workers Action is re-posting the following health care articles that were written as “Obamacare” was coming into existence. These articles show that since day-one, nothing pro-worker was going to emerge out of the Democratic controlled congress. The interests of the health care corporations were placed ahead of everyone else’s interests, […]
Mark Vorpahl Any day the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most at risk is this act’s “individual mandate” which requires everyone to buy health insurance from a private insurer or face a steep fine.
Mark Vorpahl The following report of a rally in Chicago supporting the “Robin Hood Tax,” led by National Nurses United, provides a small glimpse of the potential power that a union allied with the community can wield. The “Robin Hood Tax” is a tax-the-rich measure that would collect 25 to 50 cents for every $100 in […]
The “transparent government” that President Obama guaranteed during his electoral campaign has become yet another broken promise. On August 14, the Huffington Post revealed a memo containing details of “the deal” that Obama cut with health care mega-corporations in secret White House meetings. And although the White House denies the authenticity of the memo, the […]
The group organizing the national town halls is the “non-partisan and non-profit” America Speaks. But scratching the surface of this purportedly harmless group reveals a corporate snake pit. America Speak’s Board of Directors and National Advisory Board showcase an impressive list of corporate CEO’s, CFO’s, consultants, politicians, and elite law firms. Not a single voice from working people is to be found.
The final health care vision is the brainchild of the monopoly corporations who dominate health care in America. Their power will remain untouched. Indeed, it will only grow.
The ability for millions of people to see through the muddle in Washington points to a larger distrust of the two-party system. Even as “progressive Democrats” and other liberal pundits bow before the health care industry by urging passage of “an imperfect” health care bill, workers, the poor and the elderly aren’t taking the bait.
What was the union head’s “big success” in their negotiations with Obama? According to The Times, the threshold of the tax was increased “to $8,900 for an individual and $24,000 for a family.”
Shamus Cooke Wading through the endless debate over health care has exhausted the patience of most Americans — the zigzags, obscure language, and long-winded discussion is inherently repulsive.