I just attended the kick-off presentation of the Cross-California Medicare-For-All Bus Tour. Jointly sponsored by PDA, the California Nurses Association (CNA) and number of other groups. It is so sad I want to cry! The presentation, which will be taken in an obviously well funded bus tour to 19 Cities around California, was professionally a beautifly made and presented. It started out giving all the common, well known facts about Medicare for all; slides about the lack of healthcare to many, the in-humanity associated with the denial of servce, the fianancial product aspects, how US care performance is worse than many other countries, AND how most other countries provide health care at less than half, or a third of what the US pays (accounting for all government, business and employee payments). At the point of this last slide, if one thought about it for a second, one would naturally ask the next question, why can't we in the USA drop our costs for medical care to one-half of what it is now by going to medicare-for-all? And WE CAN of course. But now the presentation goes into 'Robinhood for taxes' slides talking about how we should have a transaction tax for wall street - and this would raise hundreds of billions of dollars. Yes, we should have a transaction tax; but this has nothing to do with health-care for all - EXCEPT to enforce the message that medicare-for-all will COST US hundred of billions (not save us)! CNA has changed the 'Medicare-for-all would cut our medical expences in half' campaign into a 'we need to raise hundreds of billions in taxes for healthcare' campaign. Anyone knowing anything about messaging knows how powerfully the bus tour is re-enforcing the mis-enforming conservative message that healthcare is too expensive. Yes; where did all the money for the professional production and bus tour come from?
Chris Barroso, Encinitas CA