As Washington grapples with health care policy again, the head of the 185,000-member National Nurses United is turning her attention to a seemingly unlikely advocate for a single-payer system. “The one I’m counting on the most is Trump,” RoseAnn DeMoro said,
DeMoro, who serves as executive director of both the Oakland-based National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association, told POLITICO California on Thursday that she is “disgusted” with Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and believes that the president-elect may actually get action.
“He’s a businessman, he has an international perspective — and his wife comes from a country where they have single payer,’’ said DeMoro, who also is an AFL-CIO national vice president and executive board member. “I think that Donald Trump is not about either party; he’s about something very different. He’s the one who can actually rise above this and do what’s right, and he knows as a businessman, it’s the most cost effective,’’ she said.
Right. With real leftists like Paul Ryan and Donald Trump having replaced useless neoliberals like Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, we can expect Congress to pass Medicare For All, a $15 minimum wage, $3 billion in mass transit funding, a carbon tax, a repeal of Taft-Hartley, and a free monthly case of Pappy Van Winkle 23 delivered to the home of every American.
If Sanders had won the Democratic nomination and then the White House, I’m curious whether DeMoro would have suddenly learned that Paul Ryan has considerable influence on American public policy, or if Bernie would have been branded a neoliberal after his first blistering speech did not cause Congress to immediately pass his legislative agenda.