Recently, Dr. Margaret Flowers initiated an online petition declaring herself a conscientious objector to the Affordable Care Act and asking others to send a message to President Obama that the ACA is a scam.
In this short clip (above), Dr. Flowers states:
The most important question we should be having right now, knowing that insurgence is not protective, is do we want to continue to treat health care as a commodity and people only get what they can afford, or do we want to join the rest of the industrialized nations in the world and treat health care as a public good and create a system where people can get what they need.
You can watch the full interview below:
Dr. Margaret Flowers (@MFlowers8) is a pediatrician from Baltimore who is an organizer at PopularResistance.org, co-directs ItsOurEconomy.us and co-hosts Clearing the FOG on We Act Radio. She is adviser to the board of Physicians for a National Health Program and is on the steering committee of the Maryland Health Care is a Human Right campaign.
Dennis talks with Dr. Jill Stein, President of the Green Shadow Cabinet about the recently published U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) fifth assessment on climate change. The findings, combined with the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community, paint a picture of humanity committing a collective genocide and ecocide. The end of civilization scenarios, once projected for your grandchildren’s grandchildren are now a reality for anyone ho plans to be alive in 2050.
“The IPCC has finally stepped up to the plate in saying what we are up against,” says Dr. Stein, “but they have not begin to step up to the plate, in fact they are really not qualified to say how we fix this. The IPCC is not calling for radical transformation. They have yelled, ‘fire!’ and come out with a squirt gun. What they are calling for is not what we need.”
In the second half of the show, Dennis sits down with Dr. Margret Flowers.
Recently, Dr. Flowers initiated an online petition declaring herself a conscientious objector to the Affordable Care Act and asking others to send a message to President Obama that the ACA is a scam.
“The most important conversation we should be having right now in the United States is not how many people are insured,” says Dr. Flowers “knowing that insurance is not protective, it’s: do we want to continue to treat healthcare as a commodity where people only get what they can afford, or do we want to join the rest of the industrialized nations in the world and treat healthcare as a public good and create a system where people can get what they need.”
Bios: Dr. Jill Stein (@DrJillStein) is a mother, physician, longtime teacher of internal medicine, and pioneering environmental-health advocate. She was the 2012 Green Party presidential nominee and current president of the Green Shadow Cabinet. She is also an initiator behind the Global Climate Convergence, which is an education and direct action campaign running from Mother Earth Day to May Day. It seeks to build collaboration across national borders and fronts of struggle to harness the transformative power we already possess as a thousand separate movements springing up across the planet.
Dr. Margaret Flowers (MFlowers8)is a pediatrician from Baltimore who is an organizer at PopularResistance.org,co-directs ItsOurEconomy.us and co-hosts Clearing the FOG on We Act Radio. She is adviser to the board of Physicians for a National Health Program and is on the steering committee of the Maryland Health Care is a Human Right campaign.
At an Affordable Care Act rally President Obama was delivering a speech defending ACA (Obamacare) protesters interrupted the proceeding by shouting “Mr. President! (Inaudible)! Stop climate change! For our generation! Stop the pipeline!”
“Okay, we’re talking about healthcare today, but we will,” Obama said, as the crowd started to boo the protestors. “No, no, no it’s okay,” Obama said. Before delivering a line that drew a huge laugh: “That is the wrong rally!”
Well, Mr. Yuck-yuck in chief, here is why those kids WERE at the correct rally:
The common denominator between Keystone XL and Obamacare is the neoliberal Corporate Capitalism ball field (if you will allow a baseball metaphor today of all days) on which the game of hope change is played. On this field, change means health care equals health insurance- mandating that we give money to insurance companies that profit only when they deny service. In the extreme, this means insurance companies profits- and the profits of their stockholders, increase when people die.
That is not hyperbole that is how the game is played.
Profit, in this game, is how the players win. The players this game favors are corporations, who under the infinite sadism of our Supreme Court, have been cleared to play in this game as people, be they health insurance corporations or corporations who want to increase their bottom line by piping the dirtiest oil in the planet through the middle of our country so we can continue to destroy the earth and increase the frequency and ferocity of super storms like Hurricane Sandy so that Rock stars can sing at a benefit concert and we can feel good by can texting our donations to the red cross so they can pay their salaries and maintain their bricks and mortar while the residents of Staten Island, for example, fester and wait empty handed.
So the protesters were in the right place, Mr. Obama- because it is the rules of the game itself that need to change.
Are Ted Cruz and the Tea Party the only ones to blame? No. They are, however, a great place to start a discussion about the Tyranny of the minority.
The likelihood of a government shutdown morphing into a situation where Congress does not vote to raise the nation’s borrowing limit by some time in mid-October, and leaving the nation not having money pay its bills, grows more likely by the hour.
We need a Democracy Movement to fix this shit!
Tyranny of the minority, it could be argued, has a long tradition in how the United States governs. When we broke from the British and established the constitution, “We the people” rights extended to only 5% of the citizenry: white male property owners.” And while we do allow women the right to vote and black folks the right to drink out of the same water fountains now, the ruling elite have never let go of the three branches of our so called representative government.
The boldness with which the Koch Brother fueled power grab via the co-opted Tea Party and their Pirate lunatic fringe front men like Ted Cruz is frightening only because any serious view of our elected officials tells the same story, which is this: while they like to occupy opposing sides of a false narrative for the Sunday morning talk shows and opposite side of the MSNBC and FOX news pendulum, the ruling elite have always had a vise grip over the narrative of the collective imagination what was possible within our political and cultural sphere. They have held that vice grip by controlling who governs.
Think I am exaggerating? The candidate who spends the most money wins about 94% of all elections. End of story. Sure, occasionally people like Bernie Sanders or Alan Grayson launch a meme that takes the air out of the whole farce, but their influence is similar to that of a court jester in a Shakespearean tragedy- the audience can see their wisdom, but the main players cast them off to the wilderness.
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