#1316 Winning the messaging war for a just, moral health care system

Air Date: 11–1-2019

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Today we take a look at how the debate over our health care system has been framed and how we should frame it.

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Ch. 1: Ex-Health Insurance Exec Industry Is Using Decades-Old Scare Tactics to Fight Medicare for All - Democracy Now - Air Date 8-2-19

We speak with Janet Golden, professor emerita at Rutgers University-Camden and a historian of U.S. medicine

Ch. 2: Best arguments for Medicare for All - The Young Turks - Air Date 4-30-19

The fundamental moral underpinning for why we need a Medicare for All system

Ch. 3: 3rd Democratic Debate Medicare for All as the Bogeyman? - The Real News - Air Date 9-13-19

We take a closer look how candidates discussed the healthcare issue. Our panelists are Osita Nwanevu, Helena Olea, and Jacqueline Luqman, with Greg Wilpert as host.

Ch. 4: Matt Bruenig’s case for single-payer health care - The Ezra Klein Show - Air Date 8-12-19

Matt Bruenig, the founder of the People’s Policy Project, is firmly in support of true single-payer. No compromise, no chaser.

Ch. 5: Democrats Talk Healthcare - Democracy Now! - Air Date 10-16-19

Dem Debate: "Disingenuous" Attacks on Medicare for All Distract from Cost of Today's Broken System

Ch. 6: Pass #MedicareforAll Resolutions in Your Communities to Build the National Movement via @PublicCitizen Medicare4AllResolutions.org - Best of the Left Activism

Join the campaign to pass local resolutions demanding Medicare for All!

Ch. 7: Healthcare: America Taken Hostage - Progressive Faith Sermons - Air Date 10-21-19

We need candidates for president to stop lying and start having compassion regarding our health care system.


Ch. 8: Critiquing Johann Hari - Dave from Olympia, WA

Ch. 9: Challenge pledge - Todd from Utah


Ch. 10: Final comments on Johann Hari’s story and Todd’s Patron challenge

Ch. 11: Limerick of the Day from @Limericking


Pass a local #MedicareforAll Resolution in your town or city! 

Take Action in Your Town

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Watch the Week of Action Town Hall with Reps. Pressley and Omar


Nationwide Campaign Urges Cities and Towns to Pass Resolutions Supporting Medicare for All (Common Dreams)

Massachusetts Unions Vote to Vet Presidential Candidates on Medicare for All, Breaking with Labor's Top Brass (The Intercept)

Elizabeth Warren’s plan to pay for Medicare-for-all, explained (Vox)

Ady Barkan: Elizabeth Warren’s Plan Is a Massive Win for the Medicare for All Movement (The Intercept)

Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-all plan, explained (Vox) 

Two Leading Economists Say Medicare for All Would Give Workers 'Biggest Take-Home Pay Raise in a Generation' (Common Dreams)

Researchers Detail How Slashing Pentagon Budget Could Pay for Medicare for All While Creating Progressive Foreign Policy Americans Want (Common Dreams)

Researched & written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Moon Bicycle Theme - American Moon Bicycle
  • Vengeful - Warmbody
  • Glass Runner - Marble Run
  • On Our Own Again - The Pine Barrens
  • Celestial Navigation - Aeronaut
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


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Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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