John Delaney v AOC
At the California Democratic Convention (CADEM) of early June 2019, John Delaney was booed for more than a minute due to his claim that Medicare for all is neither good policy or good politics. (Unsurprisingly Joe Biden did not even attend the convention - one can only imagine how his lies, plagiarism and vague Republican slurred sound-bite speech would have been received.) John Delaney is a corporate stooge, in bed with the health insurance companies. His claim that Medicare for all would throw 150 million people off their health insurance is a disgracefully disingenuous scare tactic since it would do the opposite of what he claims. Delaney’s lie is that losing private health insurance under Medicare for all means losing access to health care. On the contrary, people would have better health care and have more flexibility to keep the doctor they like rather than be subject to arbitrary employer changes to health insurance plans. On top of that, everyone would have free point of service access to heath-care, eliminating the sort of health-care bankruptcy situation that many Americans are in today. On Twitter, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez firmly rejected John Delaney’s proposals about health-care, in light of the sort of claims he makes described above. Despite that, John Delaney replied that he would be willing to debate AOC about the issue of health-care, claiming that Twitter was not the appropriate venue. One can’t help think of a parallel between this dispute between Delaney and AOC with the similar dispute between the well-financed creationist think-tank ‘Discovery Institute’ from Seattle Washington and the idea that religion should not be taught in science classes in high-school. In the case of Kitzmiller v Dover 2005 it was ruled that a textbook used in high schools in Dover P.A. was plagiarized from a creationist book repackaged under the alias of intelligent design. In general, the ruling was that Creationism and Intelligent Design are not science, and should not be taught in science classes. Relatedly, all the evidence shows that private health insurance is not the best alternative for health care in America, as far as all Americans are concerned. The point is that (if one can avoid it) one should not debate publicly in a political context with someone who shows egregious disregard for evidence: to do so with e.g. John Delaney, Ben Carson, Betsy Devos, Joe Biden, Donald Trump etc. only provides them with a platform from which they can spew more lies.