By: Trevor Loudon
The US’s largest Marxist organization, Democratic Socialists of America, has always placed a very high priority on saddling America, with a “single payer” or socialized health care system.
The DSA Marxists see the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare, as a significant stepping stone in this direction.
Steve Tarzynski, then a member of the DSA National Political Committee and chair of the DSA National Health Care Task force, explained DSA’s long term healthcare strategy, in Democratic Left January/February 1994:
We’ve met some of the modest goals that the national leadership set when DSA decided to make support for a single-payer Canadian-style health care system our major issue.
DSA members have served on the Clinton Health Care Task Force and in the leadership and rank and file of national and state single-payer coalitions. Perhaps most importantly, in 1991 we organized a twenty-two-city national tour of over forty Canadian health experts (from our sibling party, the New Democrats) that helped to galvanize the single-payer movement into action.
No other organization was in a position to carry out such a major tour. We have done a good job as the socialist current within the single-payer movement, but still have significant opportunities to improve DSA locals’ level of activism and our recruitment of activists into DSA through this issue. In the coming year, as we close in for the final legislative phase of this fight, the national DSA leadership and the DSA health care task force will focus efforts in these two areas.
The DSA National Convention in November unanimously adopted a resolution that clearly reaffirmed our support of the McDermott-Conyers-Wellstone single-payer bills (HR1200/S491). It also stipulated DSA’s advocacy of a “state option” for single payer in the final legislative package. The resolution also stated that DSA will organize and participate in anti-corporate campaigns targeting private health insurance, pharmaceutical lobbies, and any other corporate or political forces that seek to destroy real reform.
‘The most delicate aspect of our work is how we balance our efforts in improving the Clinton proposal and pushing for single-payer. This is not a new dilemma for the left. The tension between reform and revolution has existed within every socialist movement in Western industrialized democracies. It will always be with us…
Democratic socialists should project a vision of a moral society based on freedom, equality, and solidarity. We must also understand that reaching such a goal involves a gradual approach over a long period of years, with each reform becoming the foundation for the next. There is no other way, and history alone will judge the pace…
While Barack Obama has consistently denied that his goal is socialized healthcare, he is clearly lying through his teeth.
Obama’s personal physician in Chicago for many years, Quentin Young, is a leading DSA member and the father of the US “single payer” movement. Young has openly claimed credit, on at least several occasions, for indoctrinating Obama into the concept of socialized health care.
AMY GOODMAN: You’ve been a longtime friend of Barack Obama.
DR. QUENTIN YOUNG: Yeah.
AMY GOODMAN: How has he changed over the years?
DR. QUENTIN YOUNG: Well, Barack Obama, as we know, was a community organizer, a very lofty calling, in my book, and he made the decision, when the opportunity came, that he could get more done politically, and he accepted the nomination for the seat in the State Senate. It’s not that long ago, really. It’s about a six, eight years ago.
Barack Obama, in those early days—influenced, I hope, by me and others—categorically said single payer was the best way, and he would inaugurate it if he could get the support, meaning majorities in both houses, which he’s got, and the presidency, which he’s got. And he said that on more than one occasion, and it represented the very high-grade intelligence we all know Barack has….
MIT academic and former Massachusetts state rep. John McDonough, was given credit in a recent Obama campaign video for designing Obamacare. McDonough was for several years, the chairman of Boston Democratic Socialists of America.