Jill Stein addresses “receptive audience” in Oregon and calls for Medicare For All

From Green Party Watch, January 22nd, here and here:

steinoregonOregon’s Corvallis Gazette-Times reports on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s visit to the city, writing that Stein told “a receptive audience of about 100 people” Thursday evening that they should “quit voting for ‘the lesser evil’ and cast a ballot for genuine political change.”

In an hour-long speech, Stein detailed “her platform, which is built around the traditional Green Party values of environmentalism, nonviolence and social justice. But she devoted most of her talk to persuading voters who feel trapped by the two-party system that a third-party candidate like her could actually win — eventually.”

Stein said, “We have to build to get to the point where we can win office, because you don’t get to 51 percent overnight. We have to commit to our values. We have to commit to bring our moral compass to our politics, because politics needs a moral compass. … The lesser evil, if you look at the track record, has been paving the way for the greater evil.”

steinflowersGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers, both physicians, write at Truthdig that the debate between Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders over healthcare illustrates the importance of backing a single-payer “Medicare For All” system.

They write in part that the Affordable Care Act and Medicare For All “cannot exist in the same system, because if the insurance industry continues to play a role, it will undermine any publicly funded system. The insurance industry is adept at attracting the healthiest people and leaving those who need health services to public systems or else uninsured. The industry is an impediment to health. It must be ended, not reformed.

“To achieve improved Medicare-for-all will require strong leadership, someone who is willing to tell the truth and not bow to industry pressure. People often believe that single-payer is not politically realistic. As physicians, we understand the difference between political reality, which is malleable, and the reality that many are suffering in the U.S. and dying of preventable causes.”

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