I think that, as a national conversation, there certainly should be an ongoing review of what Medicare-for-All can do. Thank you. Abrams showed how to do that. Stacey and her party never bothered to explain to Georgians what Medicare For All was, or to line up behind it. What's more important is that the economic benefit to our state is dramatic, thousands of more jobs, thousands of good-paying jobs, access Abrams’ decision not to challenge US senator David Perdue in 2020 keeps the door open on a possible presidential run this year, a prospect the former Georgia state lawmaker has teased in interviews and appearances. Maternal mortality rates show that mothers, especially black mothers, risk death to give birth. A Democrat, when asked how long today’s meeting at the White House will go, doesn’t know but responds: “People are excited and want to talk about infrastructure.” ✈️ . I attended some fundraisers. Why? The midterm elections are a week away and I can’t find anybody worth voting for. This annual ritual of a president coming into The People’s House to deliver a national health check-up has become political theater. They’re all bright and well informed people, especially Stacey. weaponizing COVID; co-signing starvation; In other words, that the current crisis has elevated governing concerns above political ones — and that the times call for someone with her policy chops and, yes, plans. [Sen. Ayotte, R-NH]: We have 3 choices when it comes to addressing rising health care costs in Medicare. By expanding Medicaid, we can AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. | Scott Eisen/Getty Images, In the thick of primary season, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden brawled over "Medicare for All”: He called her approach “angry,” “elitist,” “condescending”; she shot back, anyone who defends the health care status quo with industry talking points is “running in the wrong presidential primary.”. Medicare for all, taxes on the wealthy, a Green New Deal are all sensible and popular proposals. We have indeed seen this one before. Warren is trying to demonstrate her value to a future Biden administration and interest in the job without too explicitly campaigning for it, which could backfire. As a tax attorney, Stacey developed a specialty in … ObamaCare requires that healthcare plans fund abortions; this state law would remove that stipulation from Georgia insurance plans offered under ObamaCare. Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Empire from Itself, or Stop China’s Rise. But none so far. "While people are always gaming out all the angles on who they think can best help the candidate win, I find they tend to underestimate the degree that someone who has been in the White House for eight years and held the job [himself] is going to be thinking about" the decision, he said in an interview. Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council in the Obama and Clinton administrations who has worked closely with Biden and many of the potential vice presidential picks including Warren, made a similar point. Among the speakers is Ady Barkan, a progressive activist who is dying from ALS. The New York Times reported a year ago that Prince arranged an August 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr and foreign nationals eager to help the Trump campaign. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Warren's been plugging Biden’s website in media appearances. She used language that was not about power and violence, but about compassion, service, and justice. Didn’t we just see three million American families lose their homes? Elizabeth Warren Wants Green Bombs, not a Green New Deal, Parallels Between Black and Palestinian Struggles, Bill Cosby Should Have Been Denounced by Black America Long Ago. Ad free partners: Salon.com & RawStory.com. It supersedes any specific policy while at the same time informing all of them. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Whether Stacey Abrams joins the ballooning Democratic field of presidential candidates is less relevant than this: Can a Democratic candidate create a compelling vision of what America might be? Warren pivots on Medicare for All in bid to become Biden's VP. And in case her enthusiasm for a Biden presidency wasn't apparent, her team produced a video lauding Biden’s implementation of the 2009 stimulus package. The question is what kind of a package they’ll be presented in. See our, Read a limited number of articles each month, You consent to the use of cookies and tracking by us and third parties to provide you with personalized ads, Unlimited access to washingtonpost.com on any device, Unlimited access to all Washington Post apps, No on-site advertising or third-party ad tracking. The red hat is not a value-neutral symbol. Former Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. She has met with several 2020 presidential candidates, including Joe Biden, who reportedly wanted to name her as a running mate before he had even announced his own candidacy. By Aaron Kessler, CNN. She served as former minority leader in the Georgia statehouse from 2011 to 2017, has published several romance novels under the pseudonym Selena Montgomery and is an unabashed Trekkie. Click here to donate by check. Stacey Abrams’ decision not to run in Georgia for a US senate seat has intensified months of speculation about what’s next for the Democratic rising star after she narrowly lost the state’s governor’s race last year. Barack Obama’s “Hope and Change” proved a stronger engine than John McCain’s “Straight Talk Express.” And Trump’s “Make America Great Again,” despite its brashness, couldn’t be countered with Hillary Clinton’s exhaustive list of sturdy policy proposals. Speaking through a computer system that tracks his eye movements and subsequently converts text into speech, Barkan offered his own experience as an example of why universal coverage is needed. He wasn’t going to pivot to centrism the way any other president might in order to set up a re-election run. Meanwhile it’s kumbaya Tuesday, with the Democratic leaders of Congress heading to meet Donald Trump at the White House this morning to discuss a potential deal on infrastructure. Harris recently introduced legislation with Bernie Sanders to give Americans $2,000 a month until the crisis abates, and another with Rep. Ayanna Pressley focused on minority and women-owned small businesses. Medicare will not be there 5 or 10 years from now. There was even a kernel of truth to some of his remarks. The mainstream punditocracy won’t again make the mistake that MAGA is empty of meaning as so many did in 2016. The committee considered the latest version of a Medicare-for-all bill, which was introduced by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal earlier this year. All told, 1.9 million people were counted as having voted for Stacey Abrams for governor, and she lost by 54,723 votes. The key contest in the struggle for control of the government is one of values. Didn’t we see the first black president expand fracking around the world, privatize big chunks of public education, and let all the torturers and kidnappers on the US payroll off the hook? No matter who sits in the white peoples’ house, we will have to continue to fight for social justice, democracy, and People(s)-Centered Human Rights. The Democrat running against Handel is Lucy McBath. For Black Agenda Report, I’m Bruce Dixon.