Romneycare and Obamacare are class warfare and failures

Romneycare and Obamacare are class warfare and failures, says Stein; calls for “real solution” of Medicare for All


singlepayer.pngIn the wake of this morning’s Supreme Court ruling maintaining the health insurance mandate, Dr. Jill Stein declared it, “time for all Americans to reject the failed Obama and Romney approach to the health crisis, and demand an improved Medicare for All system that provides health care to all at an affordable price.” Stein noted that “Obamacare is based on Romneycare, and as with so much else, Obama implemented a Republican scheme to impose mandates that are a regressive tax on working people. The Roberts Court may call it constitutional, but the mandate is still bad news for our suffering millions. Romneycare has meant that the working poor have seen a health cost increase ten times that of the wealthy.”

Dr. Stein is not only the presumptive Green Party presidential nominee, she is a Harvard-trained physician and a leading advocate for single-payer Medicare for All who twice ran against Romney in Massachusetts. “As a physician, I’ve seen Romneycare in action in my home state of Massachusetts. Forty percent of the people who need health coverage find that it’s still too expensive for them. And a quarter of the people who seek payments get denied by their private insurers.  It has failed to control costs, and as a result they are raising co-pays and attacking public employee health plans. It’s a fiscal and administrative nightmare which has gutted public services in Massachusetts. Schemes developed by health industry lobbyists to enrich themselves will never take care of our real needs.”

Dr. Stein made her position crystal clear, saying that, “We must implement a publicly administered non-profit system with no premiums, no deductibles, no co-pays and no co-insurance. This kind of system is proven. It is providing affordable health care all across the developed world, and providing better health outcomes. It’s the only fiscally sound approach to health care costs because it eliminates the inefficiencies of private insurance corporations, and provides effective cost controls. And it can’t reasonably be challenged on constitutional grounds.”

Yesterday, in advance of today’s ruling, five leading advocates for Medicare for All threw their personal support behind Dr. Stein’s Green Party campaign with a national letter whose individual signers included the newly elected president of Physicians for a National Health Program, Dr. Andy Coates. Mark Dunlea of Single Payer New York said, “When Obama slammed the door in the face of single-payer advocates, and even abandoned the “public option”, he forfeited any right to ask for support from those who are truly interested in solving our health care crisis. No genuine progressive will help him defend a Republican idea that will never work.”

Concluded Dr. Stein, “The real leadership on health reform is being shown at the state level where single-payer legislation is moving forward. As President, I would take these successes to the national level so that no longer in America are working and poor people denied their inalienable rights to lead healthy lives.”

Top Ten Things That Have and Have Not Changed In the Era of Obama


Top Ten Things That Have and Have Not Changed In the Era of Obama

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

In the spirit of Bill Clinton’s 1992 “the Man From Hope” slogan, Barack Obama in 2008 declared himself the candidate of Hope and Change. So what about it? Are the real changes, if we can find them, at all what Obama voters hoped for?

10 Black America’s median household wealth, compared to that of whites, has sharply declined under Barack Obama. That’s a change. Just not a good one.This is a consequence of the foreclosure epidemic which began in 2007 and 2008 and has always been concentrated in black and poor neighborhoods. But the Obama administration has allowed the foreclosure wave to continue without any letup during its first three and a half years, rejecting demands for foreclosure moratoriums or other measures which would make it easier for large numbers of families to remain in their homes. Where the ratio of white to black household wealth four years ago was around 11 to one, today it is greater than 20 to 1.
9 African Americans still make up 12 or 13% of the nation’s population, remain more than 40% of its locked down and locked up, No change there at all..Latinos, who make up another 13%, are about 30% of the nation’s prisoners and rising, a slight change, but distinctly for the worse. So seven of every ten US prisoners are from the one quarter of the nation that is black or brown, and that percentage is rising.
8 The fifty-year war on drugs continues. No change for the better at all there.Like every president since Nixon, Barack Obama has thwarted states that wanted to decriminalize small amounts of drugs, refuses to treat drug use as a medical problem rather than a police one. Like its predecessors, the Obama administration has expanded the frontiers of the drug war into places like Mexico and Colombia, where the US demand for illegal drugs has given birth to vast industries which may be among the largest and most lucrative, and certainly the most deadly, in those countries..
7 Too big to fail” banksters and other financial criminals are still above the law. No change here either.Not a single person responsible for crashing the economy in 2007 has seen the inside of a prison. It’s just not going to happen. Wall Street insiders give as much, and often more to Democrats than they do to Republicans. So the Obama administration has protected banks and lenders and their co-conspirators from prosecution, and shoveled more than ten trillion more at banksters, including those based outside the US, than the Bush-Cheney gang ever did.

It’s worth remembering that when Bush could not pass his own bailout bill six weeks before the 2008 election, he called Barack Obama into town to spend the week on the phone with Congressional Democrats getting them to switch their votes. So the only change here has been the party in charge.

6 Although governments will create trillions of new dollars to give to banksters and borrow it back from them at interest in the name of “fixing the economy”, it still won’t create millions of jobs for the unemployed. No change:In the 1930s, the federal government addressed the Depression by creating hundreds of thousands of jobs out of thin air. They built roads and subways, parks, recreational facilities, dams and bridges. They did theater and historical research like tracking down and interviewing the last living survivors of slavery. It was called the WPA, or Works Progress Administration, under the administration of Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The White House could do the same today, creating millions of new jobs, repairing and rebuilding infrastructure, building high speed rail, refitting millions of homes for energy efficiency. But Barack Obama disdains the heritage of his own Democratic party. He sounds more like Hoover than FDR today when he says that it’s the exclusive role of the private sector to create jobs.

5 It’s still almost impossible to organize a union and fight for your own rights on the job anywhere in the US. No change:There are laws against firing workers who try, but employers are unafraid to break those laws, while working people are very much afraid to lose their jobs. Candidate Obama did promise to put on his comfortable shoes and walk a picket line. Maybe he just lied. President Obama has frozen the wages and pensions of government workers, and endorsed the traditionally Republican idea that public employee and private pensions and health plans cause economic distress to employes and the economy.
4 The bipartisan corporate-funded drive to “reform” education by breaking teachers unions, turning teachers into Wal-Mart style temps, hi-stakes testing, dissolving public schools and replacing them by privately owned charter schools, exempt from public accountability continues apace. No change there at all.Bush’s Secretary of Education called teachers unions “terrorist organizations.” Obama’s Secretary of Education declared that Katrina was the best thing that could have happened to public education in New Orleans.

If anything, the Obama administration’s Race To The Top program pushed the envelope further than Republicans would have been able to without sustained resistance. It required states to compete for available federal education funds based upon how many teachers they can fire, how many public schools they can close, how many so-called “merit pay” schemes and similar atrocities they can inflict. Just as only a vicious warmonger like Nixon could have made the first presidential trip to China, only a black Democrat could have successfully pushed the education policy envelope this far in the anti-democratic directions of charters and educational privatization. If anything, the Obama’s heinous education policies provide an even further rightward step-off point for those of Republicans like Mitt Romney. It didn’t have to be that way.

3 US troops are in more than 140 countries worldwide, and the US, with under 5% of the world’s people, spends more on the military than the other 95% of humanity combined. Not much change there.On the other hand, in the first weeks of his administration, President Obama received a Nobel Peace Prize. So the pan-European elite, which feared and despised George Bush, loves Obama. That’s a kind of change they call a distinction without a difference.

The Afghan war drags on, apparently indefinitely. A hundred thousand US-paid mercenaries remain in Iraq, and the war there too is far from over. On the other hand, Barack Obama has been able to use cruise missiles and drones to kill black and brown civilians including children in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan, among other places. US military forces took part in the invasion and overthrow of the African nation of Libya, and the White House has openly rather than covertly sent unknown numbers of US special forces into nobody knows how many countries of Central Africa. A Bush administration doing this would have been greeted with nationwide street demonstrations. But a black Democrat gets a near automatic pass. Is this what the real “race card” looks like?

2 A US president is still orders torture, murder, indefinite imprisonment without trial, and lets corporations that commit crimes abetting those of government employees completely off the hook. But there is has been a change here.When the Bush-Cheney gang did all this stuff, they did it as scofflaws. The Obama Administration has rammed through legislation in Congress and asked for court decisions to cloak most of the previously illegal torture, murder, kidnapping, warrantless spying and similar crimes with thin veneers of legality. This is the all-important difference between having an MBA as president as opposed to a professor of constitutional law.
1 Deep, real and significant change here. Black politics, at one time heavily influenced by what Martin Luther King called opposition to the triple evils of racism, militarism, and economic injustice, has shrunken and shriveled under the influence of a new class of corporate funded black political leaders like Corey Booker and Barack Obama.Black politics ain’t about fighting for decent housing or jobs any more. It’s not about diverting resources from the war machine to uplifting the downtrodden. It’s not about funding education or working for the end of the prison state. It’s certainly not about defying unjust laws in the pursuit of just ends, as the Freedom Movement once routinely did.

People forget that King was murdered in Memphis in the middle of a sanitation workers strike in which the National Guard had been called out to patrol the city, and students had stayed home from high school for days to participate in illegal mass actions.

21st century black politics is about electing black politicians, no more and no less. That, and observing Black History Month.

This is far from an exhaustive list, of course.

We could have mentioned the fact that big oil, big agribusiness, big insurance, and big pharma all continue to get whatever they ask for. We might have pointed out that local and state fiscal crises are constantly being provoked to which the solutions are always “public private partnerships” a standard euphemism for privatizations of public assets like roads, waterworks, generation facilities and public services like payroll, parking and fleet management. We could have pointed out that medical costs are still factors in a majority of personal bankruptcies, and the FCC has essentially abandoned any pretense of regulating the cable and broadcast industries, preferring to simply lease out or auction off the electromagnetic spectrum and leave it all to the “free market”.

Some things have changed the last four years, and some haven’t. One thing that seems never to change, as long as our choices are restricted to the two corporate parties, is that while you can squint hard enough to make distinctions between Republicans and Democrats, there are few important differences.

Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report. He lives and works in Marietta GA, and is a state committee member of the Georgia Green Party

Texas has Qualified!

Matching Funds Map

Change the world in 8 days


Texas has qualified. New Mexico is 3/4 of the way. Oregon is close behind, along with Arizona, D.C., Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and then also Indiana, Missouri, Maine, South Carolina and Tennessee! The ice is breaking in our Double Your Green campaign to win federal matching funds, we are really moving, and a good thing too, because . . .

We have 8 days, until June 30th, in which to succeed.

With just days left, we need you to take 3 steps right now:

1. See a fundraising letter from Jill Stein. She needs you to forward that letter to at least 10 people you know — 100 or 1000 is even better — letting them in on the urgency of this moment.

2. Make a donation so that when you send that letter out, your message arrives with conviction. You did your part; so can they.

3. Contact us if you have lists of people you think would want to know about the campaign.

We’ve posted the latest progress reports on our matching funds campaign here. Please click here or read on for the letter from Dr. Stein, and please copy and forward that letter to everyone you know . . .

URGENT: Eight days to ensure that your voice is heard in 2012!

Jill_Stein_head_shot.pngDear Friends,

What you do with this letter in the next few hours could change the direction of the 2012 presidential campaign.

The big money forces think that they’ve bought this election and that they can frighten people into meekly endorsing one of the two establishment candidates. But thanks to a breathtaking outpouring of support from across the nation, our campaign is poised to shake up the political establishment and answer this politics of fear with the politics of courage.

My campaign for president is within striking distance of qualifying for federal matching funds that will allow us to launch a people’s campaign for economic justice, peace, and an end to Wall Street rule in Washington.  We need to raise only about $24,000 more by June 30th to apply for FEC matching funds that will DOUBLE  the value of contributions received so far. Please donate here. This will not only give our campaign the enhanced credibility that comes with qualifying for public funding, it would mean that we can finish our ballot access drives and burst onto the national scene with an adequately funded campaign.

Last fall, the Occupy movement took to the streets and changed the national political dialogue. This fall, our campaign — based on Madison, Wisconsin’s Capitol Square — is poised to show that millions of Americans will vote for real change instead of more of the same.

You know that neither of the establishment candidates will speak for you in this election. They will continue to promote their failing strategies for propping up Wall Street and the status quo, while our society and the planet move ever closer to disintegration. I am prepared to provide a clear voice for justice, civil liberties, environmental rescue, and an economy that works for everyone.  But I need your help.

Victory is in sight!  Please pitch in NOW by donating on our web page –  Then forward this note to 10 friends who might be willing to join you in contributing.  We will file for matching funds on July 1, so quick action is essential.  Help push us over the top!

Dr. Jill Stein
P.S. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar (up to donations as big as $250) by federal funds once we qualify.



DC, CO, CT, FL near halfway mark


Double Your GreensWe now have fifteen days to “Double Your Green” by June 30th by securing federal matching funds. Since Tuesday, when the Stein campaign launched its final push in the Double Your Green campaign (see video here), every target state has made progress, and five states have crossed key thresholds.

Good work D.C., Colorado, Connecticut, and Florida in closing in on the halfway mark! And Texas Greens have raised $2000 in just days, meaning that Texas needs just $400 to become our 11th qualifying state.

To see how your state is doing, and to get the details on why your immediate donation (before June 30) will double and insure that your voice is heard in the 2012 elections, see:

And click here to contribute your part!

To discuss this locally, contact Meghan: Email:


Meghan Owen LIVE on KROV

Saturday, June 16th, 9:30-11:00 am hear the Green 35th Congressional candidate (along with Paul Pipkin, Green candidate for Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector)

The Down Below Show”, hosted by Mario Marcel Salas, former SA City Councilman, activist & professor.

San Antonio Community Radio: KROV 91.7 HD2 FM (Hear the station online)

National Campaign


Ballot Access Map

We are currently petitioning in: Alaska, Alabama, Connecticut, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia

We are on the ballot in: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawai’i, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and new state Delaware!

Some states have not yet begun their official petitioning period.

If last week you were watching the Green Party for signs of progress, you would have seen us surging forward. Not only did Dr. Stein clinch the presidential nomination with her big win in California, but on Saturday she sealed the deal with 80% of the vote at the state convention of the Texas Greens. Stein has now won 203.5 of 304 delegates at the national convention.

Big news came in from the little state of Delaware, as well. Delaware is the 22nd state in the country to certify the Green Party for the 2012 presidential ballot. To see how your state is doing in terms of ballot access,click here.

And the most important news moving forward has come from the states of Minnesota, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, the latest states to qualify for federal matching funds. Great work! Congratulations also to Arizona, Maine, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas, the latest to move to the next level in our efforts to qualify.

UPDATE: Texas Greens have raised $2000 in just days, meaning that Texas needs just $400 to become our 11th qualifying state.

Qualifying Donations as of June 14th
TX $ 4,606.05

Matching Funds Map

Stein clinches nomination

Stein clinches nomination with big wins in California, Michigan, Florida, Iowa


Jill_Stein_head_shot.pngThe Green Party’s Jill Stein has clinched her party’s presidential nomination after celebrating a major victory in yesterday’s California primary, winning 49% of the vote against her chief contenders, television comedienne Roseanne Barr and public servant Kent Mesplay. The California win followed other recent Stein victories in Michigan, Florida, and Iowa.

With 182 delegates required to win the nomination, and 194 delegates now in hand, Stein will go into the Green Party convention in Baltimore, July 12-15, with a clear majority of delegates. She has won over 66% of all delegates allocated, and 27 of 29 Green Party primaries, with the next nearest candidate, Roseanne Barr, at 22%.

Dr. Stein will be guest speaker at the GPTX state convention on Saturday,  June 9 here in San Antonio (Grey Forest).

GPTX State Convention Agenda

PDF from the State party here 

State convention will be June 9-10 in San Antonio (Grey Forest)

Here is where statewide candidates are nominated or not, presidential electors are elected (35), delegates to the national presidential nominating convention are elected (12), state officers are elected, national committee delegates are elected (3), resolutions from country conventions are considered, and any bylaw changes are voted on. Platform changes are voted on in odd years only.

If you want to to be a delegate to the national or a presidential elector and can’t attend the convention where you would be elected, then you MUST contact your county party BEFORE the convention date.

Delegate and Observer Registration

Contact Christine Morshedi at or call 713-866-6285
Delegates must be on the official list submitted by the County Convention chair

Media Credentialing

SA Express-News

More parties organize for fall

By John W. Gonzalez
Updated 10:56 p.m., Sunday, June 3, 2012

Numerous candidates had no opposition in the May 29 primaries, but many of them will have competition from the Green Party and Libertarians in November.

With several contenders emerging from the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Green Party will hold its state convention near Helotes Saturday and Sunday to approve a slate of statewide and Bexar County contenders…

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