Senator Elizabeth Warren said recently that the Democrats need to run on a single-payer healthcare platform from now on, which is exactly what this country needs.  But Democrats need to understand that they have to be united and they have to actually EXPLAIN their position in order for this to work, two things that the party continuously struggles with. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this. 


Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said this week that it’s time for Democrats to start running on a single-payer Medicare for all, basically universal healthcare platform. That is what the Democratic Party needs to adopt if they want to be successful. The public wants it. This healthcare debacle has proven how horrible the Republicans are at dealing with the issue, so it’s time to move to single-payer, and that’s going to be the platform of the Democratic Party as we go forward, hopefully, according to Elizabeth Warren.

Now I fully support that. I think that is the best idea ever, and it should be pointed out Warren’s getting a hell of a lot of credit for this. Other people have been calling for this a lot longer than she has, including Bernie Sanders. Nonetheless, she’s proposing it. The question that started bouncing around in my mind was, how are Democrats going to screw this up? To be honest, there’s a lot of ways in which the Democratic Party is going to end up screwing this up and ruining it for everyone.

Listen, here’s what they’re going to do. They’re going to go out there, if they adopt this as a campaign platform, and they’re going to do a horrible job of explaining what it actually means. Republicans are going to jump on the narrative, say that every person in this country is going to end up paying more for health insurance, that you’re going to have to wait six months to go see a doctor, that you’re not going to get the kind of care that you need, that you’re not going to be able to get specialized services, and if you do have to pay out of pocket expenses, they’re going to be astronomical.

Do you know how I know Republicans are going to say that? Because that’s what they’ve already said in the past when this issue has come up. You know what happened when they brought it up? The public bought it. Why? Because the Democrats weren’t smart enough to fight back against it and use facts and figures and statistics and common sense to refute those arguments. That is why I have a problem with the Democratic Party adopting this as part of their platform, because they suck at it. They have sucked at it every time they have tried to adopt this as their platform.

When the Affordable Care Act was first being debated, single-payer was part of it, folks. I don’t know if too many of you remember that, but it was until Pelosi caved and they took it out. Then Harry Reid actually came in and said, “We’re going to put it back in,” but then they took it out again because the attacks from the Republicans were too intense and they weren’t willing to fight back. That has always been the problem with the Democrats on every single issue. They don’t fight hard enough, they don’t fight long enough, and they don’t fight with the proper tools, the tools in this case being facts and statistics. Instead, they’re going to bumble this like they’ve bumbled everything else.

I hate to be so pessimistic about the Democratic Party, but I really have no reason to be optimistic about anything they’ve done. They’re being given a golden opportunity at this point, with Donald Trump being hugely unpopular, with Republicans being hugely unpopular, with Republican policies being hugely unpopular, and they still can’t capitalize on that. It’s because they don’t have a unified message, and that’s what’s going to happen with this single-payer healthcare thing. We know that because it’s exactly what happened to them in the past when they tried to adopt this same kind of platform.

Maybe things have changed. We didn’t have Elizabeth Warren back then. We have her now. Bernie Sanders wasn’t as much of a pubic figure back then as he is now. Maybe that’ll help, but at the end of the day, it’s going to come down to those corporate Democrats who are going to do whatever they can behind closed doors to sabotage this. We just saw it happen with a corporate Democrat in California. I have no reason to believe that the Democrats in Washington, D.C., will do anything different.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced