Category Archives: Progressive Platform

Class Warfare

Class Warfare

I come from a long line of warriors on both sides of my family, including two ancestors who won the highest military honor in the country for which they fought, the United States and Cuba. My father and three uncles were officers in the Second World War, and one died with the 82nd Airborne in Italy. The heroism and service of these men has always been a source of tremendous pride in my family. Continue reading

Single Payer Health Care

If you are one of the super-rich and have given in to the various stereotypes, you probably don’t know it is broken.  If you are one of the 46 million Americans who are uninsured, you know it is broken.  If you are one of the god-knows-how-many others who are under-insured, you know it is broken. Continue reading

Health Insurance, the Incentive Not to Care

I have chosen this evening to talk about health care in this country.  It is a shame indeed that an endeavor so deeply rooted in the most fundamentally decent human instinct, the effort to alleviate suffering, should have deteriorated into a mechanism for the creation of wealth. That the wealth created accrues to only the very few could be excused if at the same time the citizens of this country could count on the most efficient and best medical care available. Sadly, very few commentators make such a claim.  As good as the treatment is for many Americans, it is surely not available to all on an equal basis, and its costs are close to twice what Canada spends on a per capita basis.  That such good treatment, where it exists, comes attached to an impenetrable bureaucracy of private health insurance companies simply underscores the critical nature of our situation. Continue reading