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Michael Lighty

Michael Lighty

Michael Lighty has organized, advocated and developed policy for Improved Medicare for All nationally and in California for 30 years. He is a founding Fellow of the Sanders Institute. Lighty is currently on sabbatical from the California Nurses Association/NNU where he was director of public policy. During his tenure there from 1994-2018, Lighty coordinated campaigns for an HMO patients’ bill of rights, clean money elections, Healthy California, and nationally, for a Robin Hood Tax. Lighty was the first openly LGBTQ person to lead a socialist organization as Democratic Socialists of America’s National Director in the early 90’s. In 2009 Oakland Mayor Ronald V. Dellums appointed Lighty to the Board of Port Commissioners. For NNU, Lighty coordinated the Peoples Summit in Chicago in 2016 and 2017, and the Bernie Bus campaign, an independent effort to elect Bernie Sanders for President. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Peoples Action; Progressive Democrats of America; and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland, CA, where he lives with his husband.

 

Articles by this author

 

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 ·


A Labor-Based Movement For Medicare for All

A defensive posture and incremental demands have not worked. Let’s play offense instead.

Michael Lighty ·


Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

Why should we subsidize the failed business model of health insurers?

Michael Lighty ·


Liberals Strike Back... Against Single Payer

In the name of political reality, some liberal pundits, politicians and policy wonks are scolding progressives to give up on Medicare for All. They are dead wrong.

Michael Lighty ·

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