A Communist’s View of Healthcare….and Rep. Barbara Lee


From Peoplesworld.org, the news of the Communist Party USA:

A view from a reader; a possible Communist sympathizer……or possibly politically correct terms a “Fellow Traveler”……

National health service

Erica Smiley’s letter, “Will the real socialist health care please stand up?” is right on target. The “single payer” and “public option” proposals are in line with the current health care movement in our country. We must continue our mass struggle for the best public option that we can get.

And, you’re right, each is a compromise, albeit very good compromises, from our goal.

That goal is what our friends and comrades enjoy in the United Kingdom and what is also enjoyed in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and many other industrialized countries in the world. Of course, the crown jewel of health care is in Cuba.

What is that goal? Oddly, it is exactly what is enjoyed by our veterans who utilize the Veterans’ hospitals in our country. (Not the military hospitals, like Walter Reed, which is still woefully poor medicine.)

VA hospitals and those countries have salaried physicians (or physicians who may work independently, but accept government-established fees for procedures, as in France.) And, as in ALL of those countries, hospitals are government-run and financed. That is a must.

Whatever private hospitals there are small and not significant.

The Josephine Butler National Health Service Bill, HR 3000, first introduced in the 1970s by Congressman Ronald V. Dellums, now the mayor of Oakland, Calif., is now introduced by the heroine of the House of Representatives, Barbara Lee.

I use HR 3000 in my classes as an example of real health care. Yes, it is “socialized medicine.” All students support this approach and wonder why we can’t have this in the U.S.

And, it works around the world.

It works in our VA hospitals where the level of quality of care is on a par with if not greater than most hospital in the U.S.

Regardless of the outcome of this struggle, we must elevate the struggle for a true public option, i.e., a national health service.

Phil E. Benjamin
New York, NY




End notes:

About Barbara Lee:

  • Democratic Member of Congress
  • Co-chair of the Progressive Caucus
  • Former agent of Black Panther leader and convicted killer Huey Newton
  • Collaborated with the Marxist dictatorship of Grenada to deceive the U.S. Congress
  • Voted against using military force against terrorists following the 9/11 attacks
  • Has consistently voted against U.S.-led military action, regardless of circumstances
  • Read her entire background here: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=936


    Rep. Barbara Lee is the representative from California’s 9th District. Do the citizens of California’s 9th District actually know her views and ideology?  Or do they vote “blindly” because she is a Democrat?


    More information HERE from Sourcewatch.


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