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  •  Generally I find it a trend in social programs (22+ / 0-)

    Where the needy are conflated with people of color. The white poor (who are a majority of the poor in this country) are often pitted against people of color, as if welfare is winner-take-all.

    This has been the case with social movements since the nineteenth century. Blacks against Irish, Irish against Italians, so on and so forth.

    "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." -Albert Einstein

    by Kazmarov on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 11:50:02 PM PDT

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    •  The Insurance Industry Has Amies of PR... (4+ / 0-)

      ...and political operatives whose job it is to drive these kinds of wedges.  RockyLabor is correct.

      The quest for single payer is on the same level with the civil rights movement...and it will take that scale of action to win this battle.

      •  Movement (0+ / 0-)

        This is key, and it's why single payer is a long shot at best. African-Americans had to engage with Jim Crow every day; people engage with the health care sector only when they are sick, and usually old and stick. It's just not the stuff of a mass movement.

        As much as my heart is with single payer, I've concluded that the right approach for liberals is to deal with the system we have and push for nuts-and-bolts reforms that add value by improving quality and reducing costs and that expand access. This may not set anyone's hair on fire, but it will accomplish more.

        "I want real loyalty. I want someone who will kiss my ass in Macy's window, and say it smells like roses." Lyndon Johnson

        by pkgoode on Mon Sep 03, 2012 at 08:14:00 AM PDT

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