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Michael Lighty

Michael Lighty

Michael Lighty is president of Healthy California Now and a consultant with National Union of Healthcare Workers. He is a founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute, and worked for 25 years at California Nurses Association/NNU. 

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Commission's Report Shows Medicare for All Is Logical Next Step for California

A universal healthcare system utilizing a single-payer model in the state will save California families and businesses over $100 billion per year. The door to quality, universal, and affordable care is open and so now we must walk through.

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On What Just Happened to Medicare for All in California—and the Organizing We Need to Win

Why hasn't the overwhelming popularity of Medicare for All—85% of Democrats, 66% of independents and 52% (!) of GOP support it—translated into legislative majorities?

Michael Lighty ·


Locked Out of the Sausage Factory: Will Medicare Expansion Survive the Budget Reconciliation Debates?

It's gut-check time, quite literally. And the Build Back Better Bill is gutted, House Democrats should vote down the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and hold out for a program that meets the needs of most voters.

Michael Lighty ·


Nothing Less Than Improved Medicare for All

Now that we have the historic force of a united front in national Medicare for All legislation—HR 1384 and S. 1129—let’s review the bottom line

Michael Lighty ·


'Medicare for America' Will Not Get Us Where We Need to Be

The incremental approach to healthcare reform is an approach the nation can no longer afford. Only Medicare for All will do.

Michael Lighty ·


Concerning Medicare for All, It's Not a Time for "Can't"

Now is the moment for people arguing against a system that covers everyone while reducing overall costs to be quiet and enjoy some moments of reflection

Michael Lighty ·


Now That Everybody Is for Medicare for All, Opponents Say Let’s Dilute It

Tweaks and fixes that leave the for-profit insurers intact won't work. Only a mass social movement can overcome the huge resource and political advantages of the medical-industrial complex

Michael Lighty ·


$3.5 Trillion on Healthcare Each Year and We’re Still Uninsured, Underinsured, and Unhappy

Our health is not a commodity to profit from, nor is it a welfare program to be minimized or privatized

Michael Lighty ·

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