A recent study from the Commonwealth Fund has an excellent analysis that compares universal health programs in 12 other wealthy developed nations on several important components: the roles of the federal government, the roles of private health insurance, and the role of consumer cost sharing.
In 2015-16, Candidate Trump ran on an anti-immigrant platform, claiming that Mexico was exporting its rapists, murderers and drug lords to the US. Not only was this not true, but there was no crisis at the border – illegal immigration was on a steady downturn and had been since the early 2000s. Two years later, there is a very real crisis at the border, and President Trump is preparing his re-election campaign on the same themes of building a Southern border wall and cracking down on illegal immigrants. What was fiction then has turned into a real crisis under President Trump’s leadership and management skills (or rather lack thereof). Families from Central America are trying to get from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala into the US and Mexico to claim asylum from the dangerous conditions prevailing in their own countries.
President Trump seems to be in a deep and angry funk, lashing out and firing staff and cabinet members left and right, and is continuing to ever more deeply alienate all but his most core supporters.
I think the nation needs a candidate who can thoroughly trounce him in just as many states as possible – the industrial Midwest, parts of the South and the Southwest – so that there is no earthly doubt about his complete repudiation. It has to be with a message of hope and optimism that appeals to the best in Americans and looks to our collective future, not to their worst fears.
Steady and strong economic growth is central. https://www.thebalance.com/us-economic-outlook-3305669 It has been strong since the Great Recession under President Obama and now President Trump; however we are overdue for an economic slowdown. We don’t know when it will occur, how long it will last, or how deep it will be. It may occur in the next two to three years. If so, unemployment will rise; businesses will be hurt; tax revenues will fall, and programs most needed by the newly impoverished will be threatened. The next President needs a strong pro-growth economic program and a strong counter-cyclical economic plan to execute during a likely recession.
Leading Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced important new legislation to improve the affordability of private individual health insurance and bolster enrollment in the Exchanges (e.g. Covered California).
By the start of the 2oth Century, Argentina was the 7th wealthiest nation in the world, based in large part on its strong agricultural sector, but also on its growing industrialization. Argentina is now ranked in the mid 50’s in per capita GDP; its per capita GDP is about 1/4th of the US. This is a huge, beautiful and under-populated nation of 46 million; most live in and around Buenos Aires (14 million). What happened to its economy over the last 120 years
Socialism is when the state owns the means of production. The British National Health Service is socialized medicine in that the state pays the doctors and nurses a salary (they are employees of the state and the state owns the hospitals); it works very well. Great Britain is not a socialist state, but it has chosen socialized medicine to deliver health care for its citizens. Cuba is a socialist state that likewise uses socialized medicine to deliver health care to its citizens. While its economy is a mess, its delivery of health care is excellent with very good health outcomes.