Richard Eskow

Richard Eskow

Richard (RJ) Eskow is Senior Advisor for Health and Economic Justice at Social Security Works and the host of The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow on Free Speech TV. Follow him on Twitter: @rjeskow 

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Her plan has an overarching, fatal flaw: It relies on the benevolence and good intentions of America’s health insurers. (Photo: Rhona Wise / AFP / Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
The Fatal Flaw in Kamala Harris’ Health Plan
Sen. Kamala Harris has become the latest presidential candidate to unveil a healthcare plan. Her proposal would take current Medicare, including the private plans known as Medicare Advantage, and extend it to the entire population. Her staff says that her plan would sharply limit out-of-pocket...
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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are seen during the Capitol "Swamp" to unveil college affordability bills, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 24, 2019
Ilhan Omar and Bernie Got It Right: Full Student Debt Cancellation Is the Best Approach
Sen. Bernie Sanders, together with Representatives Ilhan Omar and Pramila Jayapal, has introduced a dramatic reform package on college affordability. It goes far beyond anything proposed so far, both in its scope and in its potential to reshape the way Americans think about their society and...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks while introducing health care legislation titled the 'Medicare for All Act of 2019', during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on April 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Medicare For All: Accept No Substitutes
Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2019 . A companion bill of the same name has already been introduced in the House by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). That’s good news for the country. Unfortunately, these bills are facing opposition from what, for some people,...
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The nation deserves a meaningful debate about Medicare for All. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Views
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Democrats Shouldn’t Abandon Medicare for All Over a Misleading Survey
David Leonhardt of the New York Times has highlighted a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation that, if true, would suggest that Medicare for All is not nearly as popular as initial polling would suggest. Based on this survey’s results, Leonhardt concludes that Democrats who support the idea are...
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The Trump administration and its corporate allies are trying to con all of us into believing that for-profit corporations can carry out Medicare’s mission. They want to weaken, and ultimately dismantle, the superior government program. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Don’t Let the Trump Administration Corporatize Medicare
The Trump administration is engaged in a massive deception about Medicare Advantage plans, those commercial insurance plans that contract with the government to offer Medicare benefits. These plans are offered as an alternative to traditional Medicare, the public plan administered by the government...
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Wall Street Is Leading the Attack on Pelosi—Steny Hoyer Is the Real Barrier to the Progressive Agenda
It’s impossible to understand the Democratic rebellion against Nancy Pelosi without understanding the way power works in the House of Representatives. To understand the self-serving men behind this rebellion, heed the words of the late screenwriter William Goldman: Follow the money. There is...
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"The economics of the moment call for a political response – with policies that eliminate poverty, strengthen the middle class, and end the banking sector’s stranglehold on the economy." (Photo: Fed Up/Steve McFarland Photography) Views
Monday, July 30, 2018
An Economy in the Fast Lane – With No Brakes
Donald Trump has been bragging about the economy a lot lately. He says the United States is now the “ economic envy ” of the world. Unfortunately, Trump is once again trying to reshape reality to fit his own delusions. Reality is refusing to cooperate. It’s true the U.S. economy is in the fast lane...
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Sunday, July 22, 2018
Geithner's Grift, Paydays, and Democratic Drift
What does it mean when Timothy Geithner, Barack Obama’s bro-ish and apparently self-satisfied former Secretary of the Treasury, becomes president of a company that hoodwinks the victims of the financial system he helped rescue? If you care about economic justice, or if you want the Democratic Party...
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Progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez celebrartes with supporters at a victory party in the Bronx after upsetting incumbent Democratic Representative Joseph Crowly on June 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 28, 2018
How to Cover a Political Revolution
“RED ALERT,” read the New York Post’s headline after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory over high-ranking Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley. They competed in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14 th congressional district, which covers parts of Queens and The Bronx. The subhead read: “Young...
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 "More importantly, it’s time to to look into ourselves, so we can change the policies that displaced these children and their families in the first place." (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
For Immigrant Children, Empathy Is Not Enough
There’s no “ civil ” way to say it: The Trump administration is torturing immigrant children. A liberal television personality wept openly for these children a few days ago, and I’m glad she did. But it’s important to remember that these terrible events reflect more than the profoundly amoral...
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