PDACNM Monthly Gathering


PDACNM IN NOVEMBER

Community Gathering

November 13, 2019
First Congregational United Church of Christ
2801 Lomas Blvd NE.

HAVE YOU HEARD A LOT ABOUT HOW THE U.S. CAN’T AFFORD A MEDICARE FOR ALL SYSTEM LIKE MUCH SMALLER COUNTRIES SEEM TO HAVE AND ENJOY???………  GET SOME ANSWERS AT THE NOV. 13 PDA  MEETING!!!

This program will be a presentation by the Medicare For All Speakers Bureau on how to pay for a Medicare for All Single Payer Healthcare System followed by a Q&A with the Speakers Bureau Panelists.

The core of the presentation is two videos – a brief “hit-the-highlights” video from “The CNN Business  Dude”,  and then a short excerpt from a video by Professor Robert Pollin, PhD,  CoDirector of the Political Economic Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts. In a talk at The Sanders Institute, he has clear, simple answers for the major questions being raised about funding Medicare for All. He and 4 colleagues at the Institute wrote a 200 page exhaustive study on the subject and then asked 11 peer Economists to review and remark on it. Professor Pollin makes a strong case for the affordability of Medicare for All. Hope to see you there!!

Doors open 5:30       Program begins 6:00

Childcare

Medicare for All Calculator

The Medicare for All Calculator is a free, online, user-friendly tool based on a proposed financing plan for H.R. 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All bill in Congress. With this calculator,mfacalc.com, anyone can enter information anonymously about the number of people in the household with health insurance, their current income, a typical year’s health insurance premium and out of pocket health costs. Once this information is entered the calculator will determine the savings (in most cases) that HR 676 would provide if enacted.

H.R. 676 would expand Medicare to cover all Americans, regardless of age, income or disability. It eliminates ALL individual healthcare costs, premiums, co-pays and deductibles. It adds comprehensive healthcare coverage, including dental, vision, mental health, long-term care, prescription drugs and other benefits.

We are indebted to Kris Hardy, owner of Albuquerque Software for his role in developing the Medicare for All Calculator. And to Health Action New Mexico for their sponsorship.

A group of concerned citizens, many who are former healthcare providers and associates, have formed the Medicare for All Speakers Bureau. We have created a 30 minute Power Point presentation which compares single-payer health system myths vs facts, gives the pertinent points of the bill and a picture of the financial analysis done by Gerald Friedman, PhD., Economics Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, on how to pay for this bill if enacted, “Funding HR 676”, published in 2013.

If your group would like to schedule a presentation email  mc4allnm@gmail.com for more information.

Progressive Democrats of America CNM Chapter – 11/12/19 – PDACNM Community Gathering this week!

Medicare for All Act of 2019
U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal

Today’s healthcare system fails to provide quality, therapeutic healthcare as a right to all people living in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans are uninsured, and at least 40 million more cannot afford the costs of their co-pays and deductibles. The quality of our healthcare is much worse than other industrialized countries-the life expectancy in the U.S. is lower than other nations, while our infant mortality rate is much higher. Yet the U.S. spends more money per capita on healthcare than any other industrialized nation. We waste hundreds of billions of dollars every year on unnecessary administrative costs, while healthcare industry executives measure success in profits, instead of patient care.

The current healthcare system in the United States is ineffective, inefficient and outrageously expensive. It is time to remove the profit motive in healthcare, to resolve the inefficiencies and to guarantee quality, therapeutic healthcare to every person living in the United States.

The Medicare for All Act of 2019 improves and expands the overwhelmingly successful and popular Medicare program, so that every person living in the United States has guaranteed access to healthcare with comprehensive benefits.

Rest of summary here.

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Gaslighting the Country


by Jerilyn Bowen

The 1938 play Gas Light tells the story of a man who contrives to make his wife believe she’s losing her wits by dimming the gas-fueled lights in their home on the sly and insisting that her perception of the dimmed lights is a misperception. In our times gaslighting is widely recognized as one of the principle strategies employed by narcissists to undermine and control the people with whom they have relationships.  By assuming an air of authority and calling into question the feelings, intuitions, interpretations and responses of their intimates, the narcissist maneuvers to make their unfortunate victims doubt their own sense of reality, thereby psychologically disempowering them so that they will go along with the narcissist’s hidden agenda of domination and emotional exploitation.

What plays out at the interpersonal level of human interaction can be magnified to apply to the collective level.  And has been.  Across the globe, here and abroad, the diabolical tactic of gaslighting is a key feature of the disinformation playbooks of state authoritarian forces.  The aim is to undermine any reliable public standard of truth by which these bad actors can be called to account.  In situations where they can’t supplant the truth with their lies, they settle for generating doubt about what is true and what is not.  That allows them to escape accountability by creating a narrative in which it’s a matter of competing interests vying with one another for dominance rather than a matter of lawfulness, honorable action, and objective evidence.

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Progressive Democrats of America CNM Chapter newsletter 11/6/19

A Win and a Loss for Honest Elections

The influence of money in politics lost a little of its impetus in Tuesday night’s election with the approval of Prop 1, which gives much needed improvements to the city’s campaign finance law.

However, DEMOCRACY DOLLARS, an idea that would have provided a more just election system, giving every voter a way to feel invested in the process as well as allowing persons with modest resources an opportunity to run for office, was narrowly defeated Tuesday night. Those of us who believe that Money in Politics is destroying our Democracy could surely have done more to help pass this proposition. However, it was hardly a “dud” as blogger Joe Monahan chose to call it in his blog, and which Pete Dinelli chose to repeat in his blog. In most circles, two percentage points difference is usually considered a close race. The schadenfreude was not lost on us.  With friends like Joe and Pete, who needs enemies?

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Commemoration of a Campaign & Tribute to a True Leader                      

by Jerilyn Bowen, 11/3/19

When Maggie Toulouse Oliver suddenly announced her withdrawal from the New Mexico Democratic Senate nomination race on October 29th, her devoted progressive supporters were stunned and stricken.  Say it ain’t so, we silently pleaded.  We’d had such hopes of her carrying the day despite what she was up against:  a corporate Democrat with the full backing of the national party establishment behind him and the money that comes with that.  By contrast, Maggie was carrying the flag of the people as vs. the interests of the 1%.  Accordingly, like Bernie, she was committed to relying solely on donations from her supporters to finance her campaign.

Sadly for all of us, that turned out to be (as they say) infeasible.  Just not enough money coming in to counterbalance the enormous war chest of her adversary.  When it became obvious that no way could she mount an effective challenge to his deep-pockets bid, she must’ve felt she had little choice but to accede to this reality.

So it is that her now unopposed Democratic opponent will most likely claim Tom Udall’s Senate seat in 2020, replacing a reliably trueblue progressive with a centrist neither-here-nor-there politico.  The irony of it is that we have to hope he does–and do our best to get him elected–because the alternative is far worse.

What we can be thankful for is that Maggie will remain as our New Mexico Secretary of State, a position in which she has distinguished herself by instituting one the cleanest,  fairest, most accessible electoral systems in the country.  No small feat.  We honor her for that, and for the integrity she demonstrates as a public servant who holds the common good close at heart and puts herself on the line for justice.

“Not my time,” Maggie said as she made her graceful exit.  The wheel does keep turning.  Who knows what the future holds?  However that goes, Maggie will no doubt continue to have an important role to play in New Mexico.  Her light will not be hid under a bushel.  She is young and strong.  We have every reason to believe that she will occupy positions of public leadership for years to come, and that our state will be the better for it.

May it be so.  Our blessings and more power to you, Maggie.

 

Harvest Time 

by Jerilyn Bowen

The whirlwind has descended.  We knew it was coming, now it’s upon us and picking up momentum by the hour.  It may be a long time before we get back to Kansas, if ever we do.

Up to now, Trump and his band of transactional spintalkers have been emboldened by getting away with egregious violations of both law and decency ever since the Russia-rigged election of 2016 that made this exceedingly poor excuse for a human being ‘the leader of the free world.’  Three years later, the very fabric of our country is being shredded by tiny rapacious hands that take pride in grabbing women by the genitals, aided and abetted behind the scenes by large fleshy hands that take pride in grabbing as much of our national wealth as they can stuff into the yawning maws of their tax-free offshore bank accounts.

What stands in their way?  What is going to keep these invisible hands from continuing to exploit and disempower the vast majority of their fellow beings with few consequences to themselves?  What is going to prevent the agents of corporate power from transforming our country into an authoritarian state?  Beyond that, what is going to stop them from stealing the future of all coming generations by continuing to poison Mother Earth for profit?

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Progressive Democrats of America CNM Chapter newsletter 10/24/19 – Medicare for All and More

Corporate money in elections is a problem

Proposition 2 (Democracy Dollars) is an innovative solution which reduces the influence of outside, large donors and keeps Albuquerque’s existing voter approved public financing viable!

People across the country are supporting and using small donor public financing programs like Democracy Dollars. This helps restore balance to elections, encourages participation by candidates, and gets more voters voting. This will in turn elect more racially and economically diverse leaders. The city benefits when elected officials engage with their constituents and represent their communities!
Once passed, the city will provide each eligible Albuquerque resident with a secure and unique $25 coupon. The coupon can be donated to the publicly financed candidate of their choice, who has qualified for the program and can collect a limited amount of these Democracy Dollars.

It won’t increase taxes or cause cuts to other city programs, and Albuquerque residents will be directly involved in choosing which publicly financed candidate to support!

Website: https://www.burquebucks.org/

VOTE FOR PROPOSITION 2 on NOVEMBER 5!

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