Did I do a mountain of crack or did Bernie just endorse Hillary’s 2016 plan.
All of the Bernie Bros on Twitter are tying themselves in knots to defend Bernie on this (Incrementalism is okay! We have to do what we can in the short term! Bernie is a genius!) after calling HRC a corporate whore for championing this exact policy in her platform two years ago.
Fuck that. Fuck this. Fuck all these people. Fuck Burning Sandals.
Fuck men who repeat women’s words as if they are their own, after spending months lambasting them for those exact words. Fuck people who dismiss or outright shit on women’s ideas, but immediately accept the same exact idea when it’s parroted from a man’s gaping maw.
Fuck people who will say he can’t credit HRC because she’s ‘divisive’.
Fuck people who will still find a way to suggest that this wasn’t really HRC’s platform, and will try to write her out of that history, too. Fuck them, most of all.
He still wants universal healthcare, but since that’s not realistic right now with a Republican Congress, he says the goal should be to improve the ACA. That is not the same as copying Hillary.
☝️ The fact that people don’t realize that this was exactly what HRC ran on makes me want to lose my fucking mind. She ran on universal and affordable healthcare made possible over time through incremental improvements to the ACA, including those points that Bern snatched. And she knew from the get-go that obstructionism of the Republican Congress would make even that much nearly impossible – let alone the single payer pipe dream.
The inability to rally around shared goals regardless of the method to get there (who gives a shit if it’s single payer or multi payer – use the best one and drop the dogmatism), or to even acknowledge that those shared end goals exist at all, is fucking the progressive left.
She said in 2016 that universal healthcare will never happen. She conceded upfront. Bernie would’ve fought for universal healthcare if he were elected president, but as a temporary solution he wants to improve the ACA instead. His ultimate goal, however, is universal healthcare, something he has fought for for decades, unlike Hillary.
#like… if you weren’t born when Hillarycare was going on that’s fine but like#google exists#HRC became INFAMOUS for advocating for universal healthcare.#PEOPLE LOATHED HER FOR TRYING TO IMPLEMENT UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE#AND SHE FAILED BTW#IN PART#BECAUSE#OF#BERNIE (via leupagus)
Those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it LEARN YOUR FUCKING HISTORY YOU FUCKING ASSWIPES
she ran expecting that people would hold her liable for her promises and bernie didn’t.
Yeah, I was 18 when that proposal came out. (And uninsured. With my family at risk of losing the house thanks to medical debt.)
The situation was already bad enough by then that, as pointed out through that earlier link, Bill Clinton’s first campaign relied heavily on the need for healthcare reform. So, the administration actually did try to follow through. And the US did come that close to getting some form of universal healthcare almost 25 years ago!
So, the fact that Hillary did work on the initial proposals very deliberately got used to help discredit and ultimately scupper the whole idea. Then the fact that the task force was set up to fail got used to discredit her further.
(Sort of a prequel to the whole “Obamacare” demonization act, yeah. With some of the same loud assholes involved. What a surprise 😩)
It was all a disgusting mess at the time, and in the meantime the political climate around healthcare has shifted to the point of seriously trying to destroy what little safety net already existed.
I’m not a huge Clinton fan overall–either of them, for that matter. But, I can’t help but get frustrated at the amount of just plain bad information which continues to get pushed. Including around things that easily checkable.
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