2020-08-18 11:01:07

As DNC Begins During Pandemic, Why Not Medicare For All?


Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Paul Song about Medicare for All.

The Democratic National Convention has begun and now through Thursday will feature a stellar cast of politicians and popular Democratic-Party supporting figures. It will even feature registered Republicans like former Ohio Governor John Kasich.

But, unlike previous party conventions, this one will be held almost entirely online—because we are in the midst of a historic pandemic that has claimed more than 160,000 American lives and resulted in the loss of employer-based insurance for tens of millions of people. Expanding the federal government’s Medicare program to cover all Americans has long been a popular idea and still—in the middle of a devastating pandemic, the Democratic Party refuses to endorse the idea as part of its platform.

Paul Song, a board-certified radiation oncologist. He is co-chair of the Campaign for a Healthy California, and is on the board of Physicians for a National Health Program. Paul is also the Healthcare Correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali

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