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California is on the verge of being the first state to adopt single payer health coverage. The state legislature is considering a plan in which payroll taxes replace premiums, deductibles and co-pays as a funding mechanism for health insurance. This is how almost all other developed countries succeed in providing affordable coverage for everyone — and for about half as much as what Americans pay.

When this latest legislation is passed California will still have a few more legislative steps to take. This legislation declares the Legislature’s “intent” to pass a law that would “establish a comprehensive universal single-payer healthcare coverage program and a healthcare cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state.”

During the last few weeks, hundreds of California nurses and community activists rallied in favor of a bill that could make the state the first to launch a single-payer health care system.

They see this as a chance for the large state to show how a single-payer system can work and illustrate the necessity of providing universal health care coverage, according to Bonnie Castillo, the director of the Registered Nurse Response Network, a project of the union National Nurses United.

“We believe [health care is] a right and not a privilege,” she told ABC News. “We know at the federal level there is debate and quandary about what to do, and we know that this provides an opportunity in California to set a standard and a model for the nation.”

Supporters of the plan say the timing is right for this kind of legislation in the state, which has enormous influence, with a population of nearly 40 million people and the sixth-largest economy in the world. Health care coverage has been under added scrutiny as Republican leaders in Washington, D.C., have pledged to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, leaving many questions about the public’s options for health insurance.

See California’s single payer health system–LA Times

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Texas and Kansas are the homes of low taxes, low wages and fewer regulations. California is the state of high taxes (especially on the rich), high wages and more regulations. According to conservative economic gospel, Kansas and Texas should be outperforming California.

However, the reality is the opposite. California easily outperforms Kansas and Texas and any other states that are low tax, low wage, and fewer regulations. Robert Reich explains why in the video above.

On the other hand, Minnesota is a higher tax state than Wisconsin. Guess which one is performing the best. You bet. It’s Minnesota.

Forbes magazine listed Minnesota No. 9 in its 2014 ranking of best states for business, even though it had a higher tax rate than Wisconsin. In this same ranking, Wisconsin rated number 32.

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Bernie Sanders Surges In California


Bernie Sanders has surged into a statistical tie with Wall Street’s candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in the California primary to be held next month.

The survey, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, finds Clinton with only a small lead over Sanders, 46 percent to 44 percent, among likely voters in the Democratic primary next month.

This means Bernie will likely win California since Bernie voters turn out in greater numbers than those who will vote for the Wall Street candidate.

The PPIC poll shows the race breaking along familiar lines. Sanders holds a large advantage among younger voters — leading 66 percent to 27 percent among voters under age 45 — while Clinton leads, 59 percent to 28 percent, among voters 45 and older.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/poll-clinton-and-sanders-in-dead-heat-in-california-223580#ixzz49nJ6tm68
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There are 10 states to go in the Democratic Primary. Bernie Sanders needs to win 65 percent of the vote the rest of the way in order to win, and that is plausible considering all of these states will likely vote for him, several of them overwhelmingly.

In the latest poll, Bernie is slightly behind the Wall Street candidate in Indiana 50-46. That suggests Sanders will win the state. Typically, if he’s behind by five points the day before an election, he wins by two or more because more and more people like his message, and Bernie voters turn out in higher numbers for their candidate than the voters who turn out for his opponent, the Wall Street candidate.

After that, Bernie will likely win most of the states by wide margins, except for New Jersey and California. Those two states are critical. Bernie can likely take California with 57 to 62 percent of the vote, but that doesn’t mean he will. But if he can, he’ll be in a hell of a position to take the nomination.

The last New Jersey poll showed Clinton up by nine points, but that was nearly a month ago. Bernie likely has made up lost ground since then. In Oregon, Bernie was up by 15 points in the last poll I saw.

Washington held its official delegate awarding caucuses yesterday, May 1. Bernie won over 70 percent of the vote, and took 25 delegates, to 9 for the Wall Street candidate. Hillary Clinton led Sanders by 310 pledged delegates before then, and now that advantage is reduced to 294. The corporate media decided not to report this result to keep you ignorant.

Take a look at California. There are 475 pledged delegates up for grabs. If Bernie wins 60 percent of the vote there, he’ll take 285 delegates to 190 for Clinton. One state will reduce Wall Street’s candidate’s lead by 95 pledged delegates, meaning she’ll be up by 199. His winning margin could be even greater.

Significant and sizable wins by Bernie elsewhere can completely eliminate Wall Street’s lead in this race. It ain’t over, not yet, but the Democratic Wall Street Party Leadership, and the corporate news media, want you to believe it’s over. It’s not, because the rest of this race is taking place in Bernie country.

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Bernie Sanders Wins Wyoming Caucus!

Bernie Sanders took the Wyoming caucus yesterday, defeating the Democratic Establishment Wall Street candidate 55.7 to 43.3 percent. For Sanders, this was another win against an old confederacy regional candidate who cannot seem to win much outside of her region, and those old states have already voted.

Sanders has now won eight of the last nine contests between him and Wall Street candidate Hillary Clinton.

Now Sanders must do well in upcoming states, such as New York. He is behind by slightly over 200 delegates, but a good showing in California with 548 delegates, means Bernie makes up quite a bit of ground. Most of the California superdelegates reportedly are leaning toward Sanders. A win with 60 percent of the vote in California means that Sanders will make up more than half Hillary’s lead.

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Bernie and Veterans

In the Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary today, Senator Bernie Sanders trounced the Wall Street candidate by ten points. According to Realclearpolitics.com, Bernie has picked up 44 delegates so far, while Hillary has received 26. There are over eighty delegates in Wisconsin’s Democratic Presidential Primary to be divvied up between the two candidates.

Hillary Clinton still leads Bernie by about 230 pledged delegates. Many more are at stake, but the math makes this out to be a tight race. California, New York and Pennsylvania are up. There’s about a thousand delegates to be shared among those states. If Bernie wins 60 percent of the vote in those states, he will just about eliminate Hillary’s current delegate lead. If Sanders wins those states with 55 percent of the vote, he will wipe out half of her lead with a lot states still on the table.

On the heels of caucus conquests in Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii and Washington, Sanders has shown little patience for those who insist Clinton’s delegate lead is insurmountable. And having hauled in a record $44 million during March, largely from small-dollar donors, the Vermont senator believes he can barnstorm through the remaining states and broadcast his campaign appeals in major media markets for months to come.

“There are many, many states to go,” Sanders said last week while campaigning in New York, where he was born and Clinton served as senator (and where 247 delegates are in play).

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A new Marquette Law School poll released yesterday shows that Bernie Sanders is leading Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin by 49-45, raising the possibility that Sanders will win there. However, as Sanders continues to develop his message and grassroots support, it is likely he will defeat Hillary by a larger margin. Many months ago, Hillary was beating Bernie by 50 points in Wisconsin.

In addition, a new LA Times poll shows Sanders beating Clinton 45 to 37 percent. Sanders came from way back. And just like in Wisconsin, Bernie’s lead is likely to grow.

In my lifetime, we’ve seen the 1 percent go from getting 8 percent of the total income produced in the United States to 37 percent. I’ve seen tens of millions of jobs exported overseas, and the difference between the old higher US pay and the new lower overseas pay goes straight into the pockets of the 1 percent via higher corporate earnings, rising dividends, and surging share prices. I’ve seen a government and both its major political parties become intensely corrupted by that money. Bernie says enough is enough. I agree, and so do a lot of other people. The more his message gets out, the more people flock to him.

As for Hillary. It becomes difficult to like Clinton as more people get to know about her ties to Wall Street, her support for exporting jobs overseas, her support for deregulating Wall Street way back when, and her strong backing for legislation making it more difficult for people to go bankrupt, which helps the big banks who support her. And that’s just a few of the things people don’t like about her.

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