by Danny Cross
Durham and López want healthcare for all
President Obama hopes to rely on all the socialists who in 2008
elected him with hopes of seeing all of America’s wealth get spread
around, he better come up with something even more radical this year.
called the Freedom Socialist Party announced in December that it is
running two candidates in a national write-in campaign — New
Yorker Stephen Durham for president and Christina López, of Seattle,
for vice president. And today the duo sent out a press release
demonstrating that America’s real socialists are none too pleased
with Obama’s first three years in office.
a memo titled, “Recognize
healthcare as a human right — make it universal and free,” Durham
and López refer to Obama’s healthcare reform as one of the biggest
disappointments of his presidency.
of stepping up to the plate and acknowledging that public healthcare
is a need as great as public education,” the release states, “Obama
made one concession after another to the pharmaceutical and insurance
mega-corporations. As he restated in his February State of the Union
address, his Affordable Care Act does not give the government the
role of guaranteeing universal care; instead, it relies on a
reformed private market.”
goes even further, calling the healthcare program just another one of
Obama’s “sellouts of the human rights of women and immigrants
under corporate and right-wing pressure.”
according to the FSP website, says Obama and the other jokers in
Washington have furthered the struggle of America’s working class
and poor during their bipartisan attempts at correcting the
Democratic and Republican parties have done nothing but cooperate in
forcing workers and the poor to pay the costs of the Great Recession
caused by the banks and Wall Street,” the site says. “President
Obama may play to the crowd by criticizing ‘bad apple’
corporations, as he did in his State of the Union address. But the
facts show that the program of corporate coddling, which creates
austerity for the masses, is completely bipartisan.”
also offended by Obama’s recent compromise with religious
institutions over providing birth control coverage.
says the only way to provide quality health care is to get private
insurers out of the picture altogether. For-profit insurance
companies, according to a Baltimore-area neurologist Dr. Steven
Strauss, are a fundamental problem.
one should be making a profit from providing — or, more to the
point, denying — the medical care that should be treated as a basic
human right,” Strauss says, according to the release. “But
insurance and drug companies are among the biggest money-makers in
the nation, amassing billions each year from people's suffering.”
Freedom Socialist Party believes that a single-payer option such as
Medicare, if it were to be offered to everyone, would be a reasonable
first step but that all for-profit entities must be removed from the
medical supply and hospitals industries.
also suggests taxing corporations and the very wealthy — something
that’s not going to take away any of Obama’s votes because he’s
trying to do that, too. And the duo’s ideas for redirecting
military spending to the nation’s human needs probably won’t cost
the president too many reelection votes, either. For more information go to www.socialism.com or email the stuff you hate about unrelenting capitalism to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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