Socialist Night School: Medicare for All After Bernie

June 2, 2020

This pandemic lays bare how broken our market-based healthcare system is, as millions of Americans lose their employer-sponsored insurance and lack access to testing and treatment for COVID-19. Medicare for All is now more popular than it’s ever been, yet Democrats refuse to fight for it. Instead Speaker Pelosi is pushing for subsidizing COBRA — a massive giveaway to private insurers. Especially after Bernie’s presidential run, we have no blueprint for how to build the movement that we need to finally guarantee healthcare as a human right.

How has COVID-19 altered the terrain for healthcare reform? Despite its popularity, why do Democratic politicians refuse to fight for Medicare for All? After Bernie, how can DSA confront the colossal for-profit healthcare industry and continue the fight for Medicare for All?

Join us Tuesday, June 2 at 7pm as we discuss these questions and more with talks from guest speakers Rachel Madley and Natalie Shure.

Rachel Madley is a Ph.D. student at Columbia University Medical Center.

Natalie Shure is a Los Angeles-based writer and researcher whose work focuses on history, health, and politics. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, In These Times, Slate, Jacobin, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Pacific Standard, New York Observer, Metro, Democratic Left, and more.



COVID-19 and the Myth of 'Choice' in American Healthcare — Rani Marx, James G. Kahn, Common Dreams

Medicare for All Is the One-in-a-Million Shot We Have to Make Happen — Natalie Shure, Jacobin

Why Does Nancy Pelosi Want to Subsidize a Brutal For-Profit Health Insurance Industry? — Ari Rabin-Havt, Jacobin

Deep dive:

Why Congress Did Not Enact Health Care Reform — Vicente Navarro, PNHP

Bonus charts:

COVID-19 Emergency Legislation Comparison Chart — PNHP

Who are the uninsured in California? — Social Security Works

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When: June 2, 2020, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Zoom
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