Class, Power, and Healthcare: Universal Care Opens Way to Broader Justice

Professor Robert Chernomas, co-author with Ian Hudson, of To Live and Die in America: Class, Power, Health and Health Care and Anja Rudiger, of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and the Vermont Workers Center's Health Care is a Human Right campaign analyze the U.S. healthcare crisis. For the past 40 years there has been a bi-partisan drive to privatize public goods, and to commodify everything possible. In the absence of powerful labor and social movements the Obama administration was able to say "single payer” reform was “off the table” and make healthcare reform take the shape of Obamacare. Chernomas and Rudiger expose the phony, constructed ‘Age of Permanent Austerity,’ and explain how organizing for universal healthcare opens the way to broader economic & social justice.