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A Different Kind of Going Broke

A Different Kind of Going Broke

July 15, 2019

This is episode 16, “A Different Kind of Going Broke.”

My guest, Professor Neil Buchanan, discusses how our current health care system is destroying the economy and how single-payer Medicare for All would fix that.

Neil Buchanan is an economist and a professor of law. He is an expert on the federal budget and the budgeting process. Professor Buchanan recently accepted an offer to move from The George Washington University to the University of Florida, where he will hold an eminent scholar chair in tax law. His research focuses on government finances, debt, deficits, and obligations between generations.

Do not miss episode 16 as Professor Buchanan provides insight about the problems with our current health care system and how Medicare for All can solve them.

Please note that there was a connection problem during the interview, which sometimes affected audio quality. 

A Revelation

A Revelation

July 1, 2019

This is episode 15, “A Revelation.” My guest, Stephanie Nakajima discusses her personal experiences with health care systems in the United States, Japan, and Denmark.

Ms. Nakajima is the Director of Communications at Healthcare-NOW, which advocates for the United States to implement a single-payer health care system. She previously worked as writer, editor, and journalist in Tokyo and covered the Fukushima nuclear disaster and organized crime. She has also worked for the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Danish Refugee Council in Copenhagen.

Do not miss episode 15 as Ms. Nakajima experiences as a health care consumer clearly illustrate the benefits of national health programs and why we need single-payer Medicare for All.  

Health Care In Rural America

Health Care In Rural America

June 14, 2019

This is episode 14, “Health Care in Rural America,”

My guest, Dina van der Zalm, discusses health care problems faced by rural Americans.

Ms. van der Zahm has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University. After a brief stint with corporate America, she joined the Peace Corps. She worked in Lanzhou, China teaching English for two years on the edge of the Gobi Desert. When she completed her Peace Corps service, she moved to Missouri where sheattended the University of Missouri and received her MSW and Masters of Public Health in 2016.

She has been working as a Health Care Organizer at the Missouri Rural Crisis Center for three years.

Do not miss episode 14 as it discusses the unique and common problems that rural Americans have obtaining and affording health care.

We’ll Win by Building a Grassroots Movement

We’ll Win by Building a Grassroots Movement

May 31, 2019

This is episode 13, “We’ll Win by Building a Grassroots Movement.”

My guest, Max Cotterill, is a community organizer with the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United. He works on their Medicare for All organizing campaign. Mr. Cotterill previously worked as the Deputy Field Director of the Real Justice PAC, helped to start an organization called Knock Every Door, and worked on the national organizing staff of the Bernie 2016 campaign.

Do not miss episode 13 as it explains the most effective methods to build support for Medicare for All.

If you want to help make Medicare for All a reality, here is the link that was mentioned in this episode, https://medicare4all.org.

When You’ve Got a For-Profit System, True Care Goes Out the Window

When You’ve Got a For-Profit System, True Care Goes Out the Window

May 14, 2019

This is episode 12, “When You’ve Got a For-Profit System, True Care Goes Out the Window,” and it explains why nurses support Medicare for All.

My guest, Jean Ross, is a registered nurse and President of National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the United States.

Ms. Ross is a passionate advocate for social justice. She grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota and has worked at the same medical center, Fairview Southdale Hospital, for 35 years.

Ms. Ross was chief steward at her hospital for 20 years, and she played a key role in merging several unions to form National Nurses United in 2009. National Nurses United is a leader and passionate advocate for Medicare for All.

Do not miss episode 12 as it explains the problems with our current health care system, why we need Medicare for All, and the false arguments against it. 

If you want to help make Medicare for All a reality, here is the link that was mentioned in this episode, https://medicare4all.org. Any help will be appreciated.

Hearing Highlights

Hearing Highlights

May 1, 2019

This is episode 11, “Hearing Highlights.” On April 30, 2019, in Washington, DC, the House Committee on Rules held a historic hearing. It was the first ever hearing in Congress on Medicare for All. This episode highlights some of the major arguments that I think are likely to occur during the debate on Medicare for All.

As the debate over Medicare for All heats up, this episode should not be missed.

Building Solidarity – Why Seniors Should Support Medicare for All

Building Solidarity – Why Seniors Should Support Medicare for All

April 14, 2019

Episode 10 explains why seniors should support Medicare for All.

My guest is Alex Lawson, the Executive Director of Social Security Works. As Executive Director, Mr. Lawson coordinates education and advocacy operations that work to protect and enhance economic security for disadvantaged and at-risk populations while maintaining and improving Social Security and Medicare. 

Do not miss episode 10 as it explains why seniors and everybody else should support Medicare for All.

 

The Economics of Health Care, Part 2: The Solution - Medicare for All

The Economics of Health Care, Part 2: The Solution - Medicare for All

March 31, 2019

Episode 9, “The Economics of Health Care - Part 2,” explains how a single-payer Medicare for All system would make health care affordable and available to everyone.

My guest is Gerald Friedman, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Professor Friedman obtained his PhD in 1986 from Harvard University, and has published numerous books, papers, and articles. He has been researching the economics of health care for 15 years. Professor Friedman rejoins us in Part 2

In Part 1, we discussed why our current health care system is not affordable. In Part 2, Professor Friedman explains how Medicare for All would make health care affordable, provide more comprehensive coverage, and allow anyone to get the medical care they need without having to worry about cost.

Do not miss this episode as it explains how Medicare for All would relieve the financial stress of our current health care system and help individuals, businesses and the country.

The Economics of Health Care, Part 1: The Problem - Our Current Health Care System Is Unaffordable

The Economics of Health Care, Part 1: The Problem - Our Current Health Care System Is Unaffordable

March 14, 2019

Episode 8 explains why our current health care system is unaffordable.

My guest is Gerald Friedman, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Professor Friedman obtained his PhD in 1986 from Harvard University and has published numerous books, papers, and articles. He has been researching the economics of health care for 15 years.

My interview of Professor Friedman covers two episodes, 8 and 9. This episode explains why we cannot afford our current health care system. Part 2, available on April 1st, explains how a single-payer Medicare for All system would make health care affordable and available to everyone.

Do not miss this episode. It powerfully explains why our current health care is bankrupting individuals and the county.

 

Putting Out the Fire With Medicare For All

Putting Out the Fire With Medicare For All

March 1, 2019

My episode 7 guest, Dr. George Bohmfalk, talks about the history of fire departments and the wild days when they were private. He explains why people decided that they needed public fire departments and why this history is relevant to the current debate surrounding health care.

Dr. Bohmfalk practiced neurosurgery in Texas. When he retired, he moved to North Carolina to be closer to his grandchildren. In 2017, he became involved with  Health Care Justice, North Carolina, the Charlotte chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. He chairs Health Care Justice’s Education Committee/Speakers Bureau and has written several newspaper articles and editorials on Medicare for All. 

Do not miss episode 7 for some interesting history, insight into the healthcare debate, and why Medicare for All is needed.