Single Payer on the Ropes as Bernie is Top Banana in the Health Industry Donations Sweepstakes

The Candidates

Pete Buttigieg
“Senator Sanders’ plan by definition abolishes private

plans like what… [union] workers have. Mine does not.”

Amy Klobuchar
“I’m the only one on the debate stage when asked ‘Do you have a
problem with a Socialist leading the Democratic ticket’ and I said
yes”

The knives are out dear readers. We may be on the cusp of losing our best chance to finally join the rest of the developed world with universal single payer healthcare. Buttigieg’s plan is a thinly disguised sell-out to the wealthy hedge and private equity funds and corporate healthcare companies who have a gilt-edged oar in the healthcare water and are determined to keep it. To counter the Bernie threat, they send out paid stenographers masquerading as Democratic candidates to spin the public with one of two fairy tales — private healthcare with a few tweaks (very few) will do just fine as it always has (for rich folks). Credit Pete Buttigieg with that lie. Waiting in the wings, the queen of the fear mongerers, Amy Klobuchar, clutching her pearls and forecasting catastrophic consequences if even a whiff of what she calls socialism (single payer healthcare) is allowed to displace privatized healthcare. Tell that fairytale to nearly half of American adults (84½ million) with little or no insurance. The only obstacle in the way of the Democratic stampede to protect the status quo appears to be Bernie Sanders. But questions abound. If you judge a candidate by his donors, Bernie appears to be in bed with the enemy. SA recounts the troubling tale in Single Payer on the Ropes as Bernie is Top Banana in the Health Industry Donations Sweepstakes. Have we placed our bets on the wrong horse?

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Progressive Alert

Obama - Buttigieg

Were you surprised at Pete Buttigieg’s performance in the Iowa Caucuses? Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Twice. First, on August 1, 2019, Suspicious Angels published Will a Charm Offensive and Oodles of Money Land Pete Buttigieg in the Oval Office? Ask Barack Obama — an exposé laying out chapter and verse how he planned to rise through the ranks to the top tier using the Obama playbook. Again, on December 3, 2019, Suspicious Angels published What makes Pete Buttigieg Run — spelling out how he intends to grab the nomination. And now he appears to have won Iowa. The same way Obama did with a staff of former Obama campaign advisers, scooping up largesse aplenty from the same democratic moneybags that bankrolled Obama, enticing super delegates to hop on the Buttigieg express if the selection process requires a second round. One thing is certain — Buttigieg is out to win it all. Remember the high hopes we had for Obama? “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. For all our sakes, read (or reread) both.

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Single Payer Healthcare or a Public Option? 159,000 Doctors Got It Wrong

Patients Not Profits

Read all about it. Headlines trumpet a revolutionary about-face among thousands of doctors on how to fix U.S. crumbling healthcare. “Major Doctors’ Group Calls for U.S. to Read all about it. Headlines trumpet a revolutionary about-face among thousands of doctors on how to fix U.S. crumbling healthcare. “Major Doctors’ Group Calls for U.S. to Assure Coverage for All (The Washington Post and The New York Times); “In Historic Shift, Second Largest Physician’s Group in the U.S. has New Prescription: It’s Medicare-for-All (Common Dreams). It sounded like a dream come true and though we hate to admit it, Suspicious Angels swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. Until we actually read the report and realized it was another attempt to “make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” The author of the report, The American College of Physicians, is the second largest medical society in the U.S. with a membership of 159,000 internists (aka primary care physicians). You might say they didn’t really take a position coming out somewhere between single payer and a public option. In contrast, the largest medical society, the American Medical Association with 218,000 members, in June, 2019 voted to oppose single payer or even its second-class cousin, a public option. Thoughts of an approaching revolution called single payer is having another effect. The billionaire class is in a tizzy. Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks, declared that single payer was “un-American.” So Assure Coverage for All (The Washington Post and The New York Times); “In Historic Shift, Second Largest Physician’s Group in the U.S. has New Prescription: It’s Medicare-for-All (Common Dreams). It sounded like a dream come true and though we hate to admit it, Suspicious Angels swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. Until we actually read the report and realized it was another attempt to “make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” The author of the report, The American College of Physicians, is the second largest medical society in the U.S. with a membership of 159,000 internists (aka primary care physicians). You might say they didn’t really take a position coming out somewhere between single payer and a public option. In contrast, the largest medical society, the American Medical Association with 218,000 members, in June, 2019 voted to oppose single payer or even its second-class cousin, a public option. Thoughts of an approaching revolution called single payer is having another effect. The billionaire class is in a tizzy. Howard Schultz, founder of Starbucks, declared that single payer was “un-American.”

So what’s the real deal? Will we settle for a public option or go whole hog like the rest of the developed world with single payer? It’s time to rally around the flag. But which flag? You may find the answers in “Single Payer Healthcare or a Public Option? 159,000 Doctors Got It Wrong

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The Higher Education Mafia: Making Their Bones the Old-Fashioned Way: Defrauding Students and Rubbing Out the Competition

Buying SAT Names

We just exited out of that great commercial bash —the season of giving. But in elite colleges and universities and among the mighty gatekeepers of college admissions, the College Board, the season of giving never ends. Like any garden variety criminal enterprise, the education Mafia operates a hustle victimizing students by “monetizing their personal information” under the guise of “connecting millions of test takers with colleges [and] universities.” After you’ve discovered that the bridge they were selling is a bridge to nowhere, you probably have a pretty good idea how betrayed millions of students feel when their eyes are opened. Conspirator 1 is the College Board, a billion-dollar operation, selling (they call it leasing) the names and personal information of the majority of two million test takers to 1,900 top-ranked colleges and universities, who turn the screw on these students by sending them promotional materials and encouraging them to apply (with application fees ranging from $50 to $90) even though they haven’t a prayer of being admitted. Who benefits as the doomed applications pour in? The schools as the applicant pool inflates and schools lower their admit percentage, their reputation for selectivity grows and before you know it, the ratings czar U.S. News and World moves them closer and closer to those coveted spots in the top ten. Since the mainstream media think we are all a bunch of dumb bunnies, they come right out and with no shame confess their complicity in the giant fraud—”A school’s academic atmosphere is influenced by the selectivity of its admissions.” Reading between the lines, keep the public thinking the rankings are the Rosetta Stone of a school’s ultimate worth. That way all the conspirators prosper: U.S. News and World Report sells lots of magazines to gullible parents and students, executives at both the College Board and elite colleges and universities take home million-dollar paychecks The details are more horrific and you’ll find them in “The Higher Education Mafia: Making Their Bones the Old-Fashioned Way: Defrauding Students and Rubbing Out the Competition.

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Brothers in Blood — Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump

Obama - Trump

Hold onto your phones people. The result of the Gallup Poll for the most admired man of 2019 has been announced. Obama and Trump tied for first place. Could any two leaders be more different —in style. Unfortunately, they display an eerie sameness when it comes to the business of governing. Both are war mongers, Obama five-upped the two wars he inherited from Bush to seven and Trump has set the Mideast on fire with his assassination of one of the leaders of a sovereign nation. Just America being America is the excuse. But for most of the rest of the world, the U.S. no longer invokes the respect and admiration Americans feel is their birthright. In the latest poll, almost 40% of respondents in 38 countries consider the U.S. a major threat to world peace. Only 31% feel the same about either Russia or China. Don’t be fooled by Democratic claims that everything will be hunky-dory if the voters dump Trump and elect one of them. It won’t be. Read “Brothers in Blood: Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump” and find out how in four decades “the shining city on a hill” has become a police state with permanent war and mass surveillance its guiding principles and wealth and privilege its trademark.

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Amazon Workers Get the Deal of a Lifetime: Starvation Wages and Prison Camp Working Conditions

Amazon Hurts Working-

The only way I can see to deploy this much financial resource is by converting my Amazon winnings into space travel.” That’s what Amazon’s founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, plans to do with his personal wealth. Is he kidding or blinded by a combination of greed and ego? You decide. With over 100,000 Amazon workers in the U.S. forced to operate in unheated (in winter) and un-air conditioned (in summer) factories working 12 hour shifts, surveilled by personal tracking devices they are forced to wear, fired for not keeping up with the inhuman quotas Amazon’s managers set for them, urinating in bottles to avoid taking time off to go to the bathroom, not one penny of the $11.2 billion Amazon made in profits in 2018 or the over one quarter of a million dollars it received in refunds from the IRS in 2017 and 2018 plus the zero dollars paid in income taxes in those two years will be spent making life easier for the workers responsible for Amazon’s success. Think of it, with $110 billion dollars in his personal treasure chest, Jeff Bezos is too greedy to spend even a couple of million to upgrade the conditions of servitude at Amazon warehouses. Instead he yearns to go to the moon. Some might say good riddance. In 2019 at Whole Foods, part of his empire, he eliminated health benefits for 1,900 part-time workers. Despite the fact that he, along with 180 other fat cat liars, signed a pledge, committing to Investing in our employees. This starts with compensating them fairly and providing important benefits.” It took Bezos one month to break that pledge. Just goes to show how worthless promises made by money-grubbers are. If you’re in the mood for a true Halloween horror story, don’t miss “Amazon Workers Get the Deal of a Lifetime: Starvation Wages and Prison Camp Working Conditions.

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What Makes Pete Buttigieg Run?

Con Artistry

Suspicious Angels one-upped the mainstream media and much of the alternate media by predicting on August 1 that with a campaign staff of Obama golden oldies and a personal career of water carrying for big money grifters, Mayor Pete, adding folksy charm to the Obama playbook of reassuring falsehoods and promises made to be broken, is determined to be the top dog in the scramble for the 2020 presidential sweepstakes. In the same way SA exposed the truth behind the onerous debt burden shadowing the lives of three-quarters of U.S. college graduates to the mind-numbing stupidity of our killer health care system, we chart the progress of the Buttigieg campaign from obscurity to stardom. In Part 2 of the Buttigieg story, we lay out shameless Pete’s version of the Obama swindle. Will his labors produce a four (or eight) year lease on the White House? Hop on the Suspicious Angels express, read “What Makes Pete Run” and see if the Democrats are doomed to be on the wrong side of history again. It’s a ride worth taking.

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Handcuffed, Tasered, Pepper Sprayed, Kicked, Choked and Beaten: Students Brutalized by Bullies Masquerading as Cops

Armed and Dangerous

What has the global war on terror wrought? A militarized justice system that has crept into every aspect of life in the U.S. Particularly affected are America’s school children? 80,000 school-based robocops, armed and carrying chemical sprays and tasers, have transformed our schools into military encampments. Their presence is a fact of life for two-thirds of high school students, 45% of middle schoolers, and 19% of elementary school children. It gets worse. Although only 6% of Americans are veterans, 20% of school cops have a military background. Evidence suggests that ex-military police react more combatively to even the most minor infractions. Veteran or not, the majority of school cops receive little or no training in the delicate business of de-escalating tense school situations. More often than not, the response is the taser, pepper spray, a well-aimed punch or kick, then off to the local lock-up in handcuffs. For those targeted, arrest and conviction is a life-changing event. If you want to know how bad school policing is, how excessive force, racial bias and reinforcement of the school-to-prison pipeline is the result, read “Handcuffed, Tasered, Pepper Sprayed, Kicked, Choked and Beaten — Students Brutalized by Bullies Masquerading as Cops.

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Corporate Democrats Using Insurance Industry Talking Points and Republican Fear Mongering to Defeat Medicare For All

No More Private Insurance

How often have democratic politicos from Obama to the current crop of “hold the line” democrats vying for the presidential nomination tried to convince democratic voters who should know better but sadly don’t that a national health insurance plan (aka single payer) would be a disaster especially for workers depriving them of the “joys” of employer-sponsored health insurance. That idiocy won’t work much longer. Scare tactics don’t hold a candle to evidence-based conclusions. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, all is not coming up roses in private insurance land. Workers are in desperate straits, the cost of health insurance rising faster than wages. Last year, half of covered workers (75 million) facing exorbitant out-of-pocket costs skipped doctors’ visits or failed to fill prescriptions. And those aren’t the only costs baked into their paychecks. Workers are responsible for almost one-third ($6,300) of the cost of premiums for family coverage plus $1,500–$5,000 to meet their deductibles on top of copays from $10-$40 for each doctor visit. A worker unlucky enough to land in the hospital faces additional outlays of hundreds of dollars. To complete the perfect storm, employer health care is not a shield against “surprise billing” which can tack on thousands to an employee health tab. Does that sound like irreplaceable health insurance to you? Just a little less crappy than other crappier options in the privatized U.S. health insurance system. Don’t believe the do-nothing democrats when they assure you that freedom and choice are the hallmarks of a private insurance industry. It’s no secret that the industry MO is ripping off customers in the name of profits. All the info is here in Corporate Democrats Using Insurance Industry Talking Points and Republican Fear Mongering to Defeat Medicare For All.

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The Verdict is in: Poor Women Aren’t Entitled to an Abortion

Keep Abortion Legal

Outrage is the emotion most Americans feel when they learn Medicaid, the federal insurance program for the poor, does not cover abortion. Actually no. Most Americans are dead set against “their” tax money being used for other peoples’ abortions. They have plenty of company in the three branches of government —legislative, executive and judicial. What’s going on? Americans celebrating themselves as paragons of generosity and kindness turning thumbs down on helping poor women who want to terminate a pregnancy. Want to have an abortion and can afford to pay for it? A June Marist poll found overwhelming support (77%). Yes to abortions for women who can afford them, but hell no to the government paying for them. How do we make sense of these seeming contradictions? The answer may lie in the widening income gap between the very rich and the rest of us. Read “The Verdict is in: Poor Women Aren’t Entitled to an Abortion and decide for yourself.

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