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Socialist Summer School – Medicare for All, By All: A Libertarian Socialist Approach
June 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This session will explore the limitations and possibilities of the Democratic Socialists for Medicare for All campaign and the Medicare for All Act from a libertarian socialist perspective. While recognizing the potentially transformative aspects of Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Bill, it will also discuss challenges such as the concentration of decision making and implementation of M4A in the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and potential leverage that might be enjoyed by healthcare providers upon the full implementation of M4A. Using the historical example of the anarchist restructuring of healthcare in Spain during the Spanish Civil War will give us an opportunity to propose ways to make sure that healthcare is for all and by all, a system that empowers health workers and patients from the bottom-up. This is not an alternative to universal healthcare, but a more advanced version of it consistent with a program of building working class power and directly confronting oppression in all its forms within our broader healthcare system.