Articles by: Nancy Spannaus

The use of deadly opioids is driving down U.S. life expectancy.

Opioid Emergency Demands FDR-Style Measures Now

By Nancy Spannaus Aug. 8, 2017–“With approximately 142 Americans dying [from overdoses of either prescription opioids or street opioids] every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.” With that statement, President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis in its […]

by August 8, 2017 Features, Glass-Steagall
Rep. Kaptur Holds Hearing to Document NAFTA Disaster

Rep. Kaptur Holds Hearing to Document NAFTA Disaster

Aug. 4, 2017—Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), the chief Congressional campaigner for the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall banking separation (H.R. 790, the Return to Prudent Banking Act), held a hearing in her district Aug. 3, to send a message to President Trump: NAFTA must be completely reworked, because its enactment has devastated […]

by August 4, 2017 News
Congressmen Sign Pledge to “Stand Up for Medicare”

Congressmen Sign Pledge to “Stand Up for Medicare”

Aug. 1, 2017—In the wake of the failure of the slash-and-burn Republican healthcare bill in the Senate, Congressmen John Conyers (D-Mich) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif) signed a public pledge on July 28 at a Washington, D.C. press conference , to press for H.R. 676, Conyers’ Medicare-for-All legislation. The two appeared […]

by August 2, 2017 Medicare For All, News
The Promise of Medicare-for-All

The Promise of Medicare-for-All

By Nancy Spannaus This article is part 3 in a series on the American System in health care. The context for the analysis here will become clearer upon your reading those articles as well. July 29, 2017—With the deserved defeat of the Republican offensive against health care, a serious debate […]

by July 29, 2017 Features, Medicare For All, News
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) addresses Summer for Progress rally for H.R. 676 on July 25, 2017.

Medicare-for-All Mobilization Picks Up Steam

July 26, 2017—As the Republicans seek to ram through their slash-and-burn alternative to Obamacare, a mobilization is currently underway, led by a number of groups spun out of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, to push through the only alternative on the table—Rep. John Conyers’ H.R. 676 single payer bill, also […]

by July 26, 2017 News
LBJ signs Medicare into law on July 30, 1965. (lbjlibrary)

The American System in Healthcare: The Path to Medicare

  By Nancy Spannaus July 20, 2017—The current stalemate on healthcare in the Congress provides a perfect opportunity to “get it right,” beginning with the approach represented in the legislation of “Medicare for all.” The United States is faced with a health care emergency, and action to deal with the […]

This rise in mortality, documented by Brookings scholars in 2017, highlights the severity of the healthcare crisis.

American System Principles to Solve the Health Care Crisis

By Nancy Spannaus July 11, 2017—As the U.S. Senate takes up the question of repealing Obamacare again this week, Americans can expect to be inundated with waves of facts, figures, and moralisms that will accelerate the conflict over this issue, but which provide no clear pathway to a solution to […]

by July 11, 2017 Medicare For All, News
Alexander Hamilton’s Second Lasting Contribution to the Union

Alexander Hamilton’s Second Lasting Contribution to the Union

July 11, 2017—As we commemorate the remarkable life and contributions of Alexander Hamilton on this anniversary of his duel with Aaron Burr 213 years ago, we would do well to remember one of his lesser-celebrated, but crucial contributions–his role in defeating Burr as a possible president of the United States […]

by July 11, 2017 Commentary, History
The Fed is Lying: Glass-Steagall Is a Necessity Now

The Fed is Lying: Glass-Steagall Is a Necessity Now

“I’m Shocked, Shocked to Find There’s Gambling Going On Here” —From the movie Casablanca“ July 4, 2017—The Federal Reserve put out the word on June 26, claiming that all the major banks in the United States had passed their “stress tests,” and thus demonstrated that they could weather a severe […]

by July 5, 2017 Glass-Steagall
The Fourth of July: Winning the Freedom to Build a Nation

The Fourth of July: Winning the Freedom to Build a Nation

July 2—With the bold act of defiance against the British Crown that was the Declaration of Independence, the United States of America was born in July 1776. That Declaration concludes: “We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of […]

by July 3, 2017 Infrastructure