January 29, 2017: Dr. Margaret Flowers interviewed by Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey of Black Agenda Report.
Instead of attempting to salvage the doomed and fatally flawed Affordable Healthcare Act, progressives should seize the time and push for single payer health care, said pediatrician and political activist Dr. Margaret Flowers. “Eighty percent of Democratic voters want a single payer health care system, and now polls are showing that even Republicans, particularly those with lower incomes, are moving into majority support for National Improved Medicare for All.” The push, however, must come from the people, not the Democrats. “Even Sen. Sanders has backed down and is saying, Let’s protect the Affordable Care Act now and we’ll fight for single payer later,” said Flowers. The HOPE campaign — “Health Over Profit for Everyone” — begins February 1.
January 29, 2017: Dr. Margaret Flowers speaks about HOPE and Popular Resistance on the Jimmy Dore Show.
Jan. 30, 2017: Dr. Carol Paris and Russell Mokhiber on Clearing the FOG Radio with Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese.
February 18, 2017: On Contact: Medicare for All with Dr. Margaret Flowers
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses how the dysfunctional U.S. health care system can be fixed with Dr. Margaret Flowers, a pediatrician and leading advocate for a single-payer system. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the soaring cost of health care.
February 20, 2017: A Trump Show: Repeal and Replace – with What? Dennis Trainor, Jr. interviews Margaret Flowers
March 9, 2017: Ten Million Americans May Lose Health Insurance Under New GOP Plan
An analysis of the Republican plan to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare, shows that the question with the GOP plan, which, after US President Donald Trump’s endorsement has caused some on the left to call it ‘TrumpCare,’ is not a matter of how many individuals will gain health coverage, but how many millions will lose it.
S&P Global Ratings wrote in a new report, “we expect a decline in enrollment in the individual” market by 2-4 million, with a further decline among the Medicaid segment of 4-6 million.”
Margaret Flowers, M.D., co-director of Popular Resistance, said Paul Ryan’s claims that the new American Health Care Act lowers costs and provides healthcare to all Americans are simply not accurate, according to a recent episode of Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear hosted by Brian Becker.
Within Trump’s Republican party, conservatives in Washington have complained confidentially to Sputnik that the plan is a “God-awful bill.”
“Having Access to purchase health insurance doesn’t mean you’ll actually be able to purchase health insurance, or that once you purchase it, you’ll have access to care,” Flowers said. One major change is the way in which tax credits are distributed. Instead of being based on income, the new tax credits will be based on age, with potentially damaging results to many vulnerable populations. A major K Street lobbyist in Washington, Ceci Connolly of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, said during a conference in Nashville, Tennessee, “A $2,000 tax credit, what is that going to buy you?”
Flowers agreed with Becker, that even under the Affordable Care Act, sky-high deductibles mean that consumers have to spend $1800, $2500, or $5000, depending on the plan, before one can begin to access insurance benefits. “We continue to see tens of millions of people who are underinsured and can’t use the insurance they have,” Flowers said.
Martha Brawley, 55, who voted for Trump, told the New York Times, “I’m scared, I’ll tell you that right now, to think about having insurance at my age.” Under the proposed plan, Brawley would have to pay over $5,150 more per year under TrumpCare just to keep her same plan. Brawley’s doctor recently diagnosed her with autoimmune liver disease. “If I didn’t have insurance, these doctors wouldn’t see me,” she said.
March 15, 2017: Love and Revolution Radio on Health Over Profit for Everyone
This week on Love (and Revolution) Radio, we interview Dr. Margaret Flowers about the new HOPE Campaign – Health Over Profit For Everyone – to make a national improved Medicare for All healthcare system the best and only and most sane choice for ending the healthcare crisis.
March 29, 2017: After Trumpcare Fail, Activists See Opportunity for Single-Payer
Dr. Carol Paris, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, says the Republican failure to repeal Obamacare has energized the movement for universal health care.
March 31, 2017: Now Age Conversations: “Why Single Payer Now” with Dr. Margaret Flowers
For this edition of Now Age Conversations I speak with Dr. Margaret Flowers about the new push and possibilities for a single payer health care system in the U.S., and about her years of advocacy on the issue.