M4All saves money while covering everyone. Support for Medicare for All reaching 70%, according to Fox. Health insurance companies double profits. Over 90 million Americans uninsured or underinsured and can’t afford to go to a doctor when they get sick

By Matt Bruenig the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an estimate of the cost of implementing a single-payer health insurance program in the United States. The CBO’s report is more exhaustive than any other recent study on the subject and concludes that replacing our current system with a single-payer system would insure every American while reducing overall health spending in the country. …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …

No recovery without a universal income?

The coronavirus crisis could pave the way to universal basic income, Apr. 16 2020, CNBC, Sam Meredith@SMEREDITH19 KEY POINTS Guy Standing, a research professor in development studies at SOAS, University of London, told CNBC via telephone that there was no prospect of a global economic revival without a universal basic income. The International Monetary Fund expects the global economy in …

65 million people have filed for unemployment assisstance since March. A Universal Basic Income would result in economic growth

Oct 2020. Excerpt from https://www.laprogressive.com/ubi-would-result-in-economic-growth/ The top 1 percent of Americans hold 40 percent of the wealth, and the poorest 90 percent have less than one-quarter. We’ve had about four decades of near-zero wage growth, and of declining labor unions and worker bargaining power. Even before the pandemic, 40 percent of Americans lacked $400 to cover an emergency expense, while one-quarter had to forego …

‘We have to be better’: For Dems to deliver the change desperately needed by so many Americans, the party must pursue more progressive policies and leave behind the mediocrity of incrementalism

An aside: Anthony Rogers-Wright of the Cli­mate Jus­tice Alliance sees unique­ly pow­er­ful oppor­tu­ni­ties now and online to broad­en the movement’s base. ​“It’s real­ly one of our only choic­es right now, so how do we use the time to reshape the nar­ra­tive for every­thing that we want?” We can reach more of the coun­try and devel­op new local lead­ers using the same online …

National League of Cities releases universal basic income guide

National League of Cities releases universal basic income guide, July 2020 In a first-of-its-kind pilot last year, 29-year-old Tubbs launched the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration (SEED) to provide over 100 low-income Stockton residents with $500 per month for a total of 18 months. The initiative was wildly successful, The Guardian reports, and led to the creation of MGI to foster widespread education and …

Even Republican Voters Support $2,000 a Month Payments During Coronavirus Crisis: Poll

It took just two weeks for the government to run out of funds for its $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program, meant to help small businesses struggling with the coronavirus shutdown. Where did that money go?  Over the last several days, stories have trickled out about the supposedly small businesses – chains like Ruth’s Chris steakhouse and burger giant Shake Shack …

O&G leaving a mess behind, Warren and Bruenig’s conditions for stimulus

Excerpt from NYTimes, March 2020. The $700 billion bank bailout elicited a voter backlash, which means any aid this time is likely to have large strings attached. Those could include limits on executive compensation, prohibitions on stock buybacks and, most prominent, measures to force bailed out companies to keep workers on their payrolls. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, released an …

Government interventions should be predicated upon making the urgently required transition to a post-fossil fuel economy and society. Rescued or subsidized institutions (especially oil companies, airlines, and the banks that finance them) should be put under public control as part of an emergency climate transition plan

Lessons learned from 2008 In this case, any government interventions should be predicated upon making the urgently required transition to a post-fossil fuel economy and society. Rescued or subsidized institutions (especially oil companies, airlines, and the banks that finance them) should be put under public control as part of an emergency climate transition plan. Once in public control, these institutions …

21st Century Bill of Rights

From Brand New Congress: The founders of the United States of America and those that followed established a Bill of Rights to constitute the values reflected by this great nation and those who reside within. Now more than 225 years into our nation’s founding, we recognize the current Bill of Rights falls short of securing the full scope of unalienable …