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"How Do We Build A Mass Movement to Reverse Runaway Inequality?" with Les Leopold, author of "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice,"May 22, 2016, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, 860 11th Ave. (Between 58th and 59th), New York City. Between The Lines' Scott Harris and Richard Hill moderated this workshop. Listen to the audio/slideshows and more from this workshop.





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JEREMY SCAHILL: Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker "Dirty Wars"

Listen to the full interview (30:33) with Jeremy Scahill, an award-winning investigative journalist with the Nation Magazine, correspondent for Democracy Now! and author of the bestselling book, "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army," about America's outsourcing of its military. In an exclusive interview with Counterpoint's Scott Harris on Sept. 16, 2013, Scahill talks about his latest book, "Dirty Wars, The World is a Battlefield," also made into a documentary film under the same title, and was nominated Dec. 5, 2013 for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category.

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"The Rogue World Order: Connecting the Dots Between Trump, Flynn, Bannon, Spencer, Dugin Putin," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Feb. 13, 2017

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"MSNBC Editor: Women's March is a Revival of the Progressive Movement," by Anna Manzo (GlobalHealing), Daily Kos, Jan. 24, 2017

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On Medicare's 50th Anniversary, Bills in Congress Would Expand Medicare to All Citizens

Posted Aug. 5, 2015

MP3 Interview with Vijay Das, healthcare policy advocate with Public Citizens' Congress Watch, conducted by Scott Harris

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July 30 marked the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's signing of the Medicare program into existence. In essence, the program is a single-payer health care system for America's 55 million senior citizens and those with serious and permanent disabilities. Widely popular among both young and old, Medicare has substantially lower administrative costs at 2 percent than the average administrative overhead of private, for-profit health insurance companies.

While many conservative politicians have often called for the privatization of Medicare, asserting that the program is unsustainable in its present form, Medicare's trustees recently announced that the Medicare trust fund will remain solvent until the year 2030. The Affordable Care Act's reduction in the growth of overall health care costs has had a positive impact on Medicare's longevity. And according to economists, raising Medicare premiums on higher-income beneficiaries will serve to greatly increase the fiscal health of the program.

But despite these facts, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently called for the phasing out of Medicare and replacing it with a system of privatized vouchers – not a very politically popular move with the nation's senior citizens. On the opposite end of the spectrum, however, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Reps. John Conyers of Michigan and Jim McDermott of Washington have submitted legislation that would expand Medicare to include health care coverage for every American citizen, just as virtually all other industrialized nations around the world have done for decades. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Vijay Das, healthcare policy advocate with Public Citizens' Congress Watch. Here, he talks about the current status of Medicare and the effort to expand the program to a universal single-payer health care system.

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