stoningroll.com sent the following letter to Tulsi2020 in August 2019 regarding her position on healthcare. We received no response just for the record, but were not expecting any.
Some Tulsi surrogates on Twitter have recently suggested that Tulsi’s healthcare plan is a single-payer Medicare for all plan, arguing that other countries that have their version of single payer healthcare also have duplicative care (forbidden under the plans of Bernie and Rashida Tlaib). Their disingenuous suggestion is that Tulsi’s single-payer plan is compatible with other countries’ single-payer healthcare systems - you don’t have to ban duplicative care to be single-payer.
The key point to note is that in other countries with a single payer health care system (no premiums, no co-pays, no deductibles) which also have duplicative healthcare, that duplicative health care DOES NOT INVOLVE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE! For example no-one in the United Kingdom pays a monthly premium for health insurance. If you are a wealthy person in the U.K. and need e.g. a hip operation you can just go to a private clinic and pay for the operation out of your own pocket. No private health insurance company is involved in the proceedings. Canada is the same. The success of a private health insurance company is measured by how often they can get away with denying people coverage when they need it. It is very disappointing to see Tulsi (Progressive in other ways) not acknowledge this fact.
Warrenpeace has acknowledged the above about private health insurance companies, but her track record doesn’t instill much confidence that she would fight for single payer Medicare for all. She has recently met with Hillary Clinton who in 2016 claimed universal health care would never come to pass and has indicated that she would raise funds for the DNC if she won the nomination (which in turn would then be funneled to her, bypassing the $2700 max primary donation for individuals, just like Hillary in 2016) conning voters who thought she was a grassroots gal. She’s just another corporate oligarchy pawn, masquerading as a progressive. Warren has to do that because Bernie has changed the political landscape since 2016 (when Tulsi resigned from the DNC and supported Bernie’s opposition to the Iraq war and regime change war in general).
The (open) letter to Tulsi is as follows:
I have a site called stoningroll.com, which includes op ed pieces about politics. I recently wrote an op ed piece about your apparent inconsistency regarding your stance on regime-change wars and your position on health care. The url for the piece is:
I will publish an article on my site to correct any errors you find or criticisms you have with regard to the above piece. I support your progressive policies generally, but don’t understand why you are in favor of keeping private health insurance.
I am originally from Northern Ireland (part of the U.K.) where hospitals are nationalized (doctors work for the gov) but there are no private health insurance plans! Instead, there are private health practices where wealthy people can get private health treatment.
I’m concerned that you will be criticized for advocating Medicare for all, whilst apparently also (inconsistently) advocating that people can keep their private health insurance if they like it. The goal of private insurance is to deny people coverage as much as they can get away with it, in order to max profits.
Thanks for reading this. Thanks for supporting Bernie in 2016 (unlike Warren).
Slante / Cheers