Koch-backed study finds ‘Medicare for All’ would save U.S. Trillions

The right-wing gonna lose this battle just like they lost the battle with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc.:

A single-payer Medicare for All system would reduce the amount the U.S. spends on health care by more than $2 trillion, a Koch brothers-funded study released Monday found.

Research by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University — a libertarian think tank backed by the Koch brothers — projected that the Medicare for All plan championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would cost the government $32.6 trillion over 10 years. The highly critical report found that even doubling all federal individual and corporate income taxes would not cover the costs of Sanders’ Medicare for All plan.

The study did conclude, however, that Medicare for All would result in significant savings for the government because of lower prescription drug costs, saving $846 billion over the next decade. Streamlined administrative costs under the plan would save another $1.6 trillion, the researchers at the Mercatus Center found.

Robert Reich: Almost 80% of US workers live from paycheck to paycheck. 

The mainstream media bares a lot of the blame for perpetuating the myth that the economy is booming. It is not. Barely making ends meet is not a successful economy. It’s great for big business and the wealthy. The result, the gap between rich and poor is the worst since the 1920s, just before the Great Depression:

The official rate of unemployment in America has plunged to a remarkably low 3.8%. The Federal Reserve forecasts that the unemployment rate will reach 3.5% by the end of the year.

But the official rate hides more troubling realities: legions of college grads overqualified for their jobs, a growing number of contract workers with no job security, and an army of part-time workers desperate for full-time jobs. Almost 80% of Americans say they live from paycheck to paycheck, many not knowing how big their next one will be.

Blanketing all of this are stagnant wages and vanishing job benefits. The typical American worker now earns around $44,500 a year, not much more than what the typical worker earned in 40 years ago, adjusted for inflation. Although the US economy continues to grow, most of the gains have been going to a relatively few top executives of large companies, financiers, and inventors and owners of digital devices.

America doesn’t have a jobs crisis. It has a good jobs crisis.

U.S. frees asylum-seeking Mexican journalist detained since last year

Not only is the U.S. government doing nothing about the narco-state in Mexico, it is indifferent to the victims of violence occurring in that country:

A Mexican journalist held in U.S. immigrant detention since last year has been released.

Emilio Gutierrez Soto fled to the U.S. with his teenage son a decade ago after Gutierrez said he was threatened by the Mexican military.

The pair have been held at a detention center in El Paso since their asylum claims were denied by a judge in 2017. In May, the Board of Immigration Appeals found that additional information should be considered in the case and sent it back to immigration court for a new hearing.

Donald Trump falsely says new Carter Page documents show Steele dossier launched Russia probe

Put simply, Trump is wrong about the triggering event. The Steele dossier did not launch the FBI’s investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The dossier was used, to some extent, to persuade a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court to authorize surveillance of Page. But it was the actions of another Trump campaign adviser — George Papadopoulos — that actually started the investigation.

The federal government started looking into Russian election involvement in July 2016 based on information from Papadopoulos. This was confirmed by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee.

“The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Pete Strzok,” the House Intelligence Committee’s GOP members wrote in a Feb. 2 memo.

Source: Donald Trump falsely says new Carter Page documents show Steele dossier launched Russia probe | PolitiFact

Centrist Dems begin arguing against far-left agenda as 2020 play

The Democratic establishment is desperate to try and defeat the movement within the party that threatens their hold on power:

Leading moderate Democrats forcefully argued this week that the party can embrace a robust agenda of change while still praising capitalism and downplaying income inequality.

In other words, everything the empowered liberal base has spent a year and a half mobilizing against.

Watch the BBC Documentary Exposing Trump’s History of Sexually Pursuing Teenage Women

Make sure to watch this BBC documentary (shown on the Panaroma program) that exposes Donald Trump’s history of harassing young women. It will be shown in the U.S. Sunday morning starting at 5:30am (so make sure to set your DVR). If you miss that  you can watch it at 5:30pm:

Donald Trump is an admitted sexual predator, philanderer, and all-around creep when it comes to women. With that in mind, we probably shouldn’t be all too shocked to learn of new allegations concerning his predatory behavior—this time from a new BBC documentary, uncreatively titled, Trump: Is The President a Sex Pest?

The documentary, which recently aired as part of the network’s investigative series Panorama and is being shown in the United States for the first time on Saturday, alleges that during the ‘80s and ‘90s, Trump hosted and attended a series of wild bacchanals featuring booze, coke, and young women—often teenagers—who “were there as consumables,” according to one male attendee who spoke with the program.

Trump: U.S. Can’t Afford Veterans’ Health Care Without Cuts

Last year, the Trump administration insisted that its regressive tax cuts were so important, it was worth adding $1.5 trillion to the national debt to ensure their passage. Now, the White House is warning Congress that the United States cannot afford to add $1.6 billion to the deficit to expand health-care options for veterans.

Source: Trump: U.S. Can’t Afford Veterans’ Health Care Without Cuts