Sunday, June 26, 2016

What Cowardice Looks Like

The Democratic Party's Platform Drafting Committee rejected "Medicare for All" by a 7-to-6 vote on Friday night. The vote is a slap in the face to the 81% of Democrats who support Medicare for All.

Many believed that the Platform process would be a means of unifying the Clinton and Sanders campaigns by incorporating key Sanders proposals. The drafting committee was anything but: single-payer was one of dozens of amendments put forward by Committee members appointed by Bernie Sanders, only to be shot down by appointees of Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman-Shultz. The committee also voted against supporting a federal $15 minimum wage, opposition to fracking, and even opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which both Clinton and Sanders agree on.

You can watch the full debate and vote here, along with a scathing rebuke by Cornel West:

Friday's meeting was just the first step in the process, and the Platform draft can receive further amendments from the full Platform Committee 2 weeks from now, which consists of delegates from around the country. Finally, the Platform can be amended on the Convention floor before being adopted by the full party.

With a coalition of national allies and mounting grassroots pressure, we will drag the Democratic Party kicking and screaming into a commitment on healthcare justice!

Benjamin Day
Executive Director

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