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Subject: qotd: Geraldo Rivera supports single payer
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2013 10:47:58 -0800
From: Don McCanne <>
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Geraldo Rivera
November 1, 2013

"You know, it's great that people get health care. I want everyone to
have health care. I want single payer. I want Medicare for everybody. I
want it to be like Sweden. I want it to be like the United Kingdom or
Canada. I want everyone to have health care. This program (Obamacare),
though, is deeply flawed, and I think part of the problem is we let the
insurance industry write the legislation, and when the insurance
industry, like they did for the prescription plan, Part B (D), when they
write the legislation, they stack the deck so they're the beneficiaries.

Geraldo Rivera Radio, 11/1/2013 - at the 48:55 mark:

Comment: Geraldo Rivera was quite sincere when, on his radio show, he
discussed briefly the serious flaws of Obamacare and then explicitly
supported single payer - Medicare for everybody. This is from a
Republican who also has a show ("Geraldo-at-Large") on the Fox News Channel.

Recently, much of the media attention on single payer has been coming
from conservatives who seem to be threatening us with the prospect of
single payer as an inevitable outcome of expanded coverage through the
Affordable Care Act. They may be correct, but not for the reasons they
imply. Rather than ACA being a step closer to single payer, it moves in
the direction of expansion of enrollment in private plans, whereas
single payer would essentially eliminate private plans.

The real reason that ACA moves us closer to single payer is that the
plans are further limiting our choices of physicians and hospitals, and
they are shifting an unbearable amount of the costs to patients. Once a
critical threshold of patients experience these abuses, the public will
demand that everyone be covered with a public program like Medicare.

During our PNHP meeting in Boston last weekend, Fox News broadcast an
attack on single pager (likely only coincidental that it was during our
meeting). It represents what seems to be an orchestrated attempt to
discredit single payer before it gains further traction. If you watch
the 7 minute video at the following link, you may find disconcerting
the fact that media professionals apparently believe that the intellect
of the average American is so low that they would be swayed by their
framing. Anyway, I report, you decide:

On a more positive note, there are many Republicans, such as Geraldo
Rivera, who do understand and support the single payer model. We need to
expand our message beyond the progressive community by increasing our
efforts to communicate with Republicans and with the business community.

Tomorrow, November 7, Geraldo Rivera is going to have as a guest on his
program, PNHP co-founder David Himmelstein:

WABC at 10:00 AM Eastern (Click on "Listen Live" or listen later to the

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