The Struggle to Abolish Private Health Insurance and Establish Medicare for All

The demand for Medicare for All has captured the political limelight. Since 2016 no other transformative demand has garnered nearly the same amount of attention and enthusiasm from American workers, nor the same amount of scrutiny and criticism from the business press, establishment politicos and the ire of the business community.

Today, legislation introduced in both the Senate and House are set to socialize health insurance under a single public provider. Despite the momentum and excitement surrounding single-payer the road ahead is fraught with challenges. How can the Medicare for All movement defeat such an entrenched opposition in the State and civil-society? What is the role of the labor movement in pushing forward this demand? What will the establishment of Medicare for All mean for the future of working class politics?

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