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For Bernie, supporting Democrats is more important than M4A.

Jimmy Dore is reporting that Trump is going to provide Medicare for all for the uninsured related to corona treatment.

Dore reports that, at the same time, Bernie has said in an April 4 fundraising email: “Let me be clear: I am not proposing that we pass Medicare for All in this moment.  That fight continues into the future.”

Finally, Dore says he doesn’t understand what Bernie is doing.

To see the answer, I suggest the following:  In 2009, the late great Alex Cockburn wrote the following at his CounterPunch website:

After reelection, Nixon did promote a health plan in his 1974 State of the Union speech, with a call for universal access to health insurance. He followed up with his Comprehensive Health Insurance Act on February 6, 1974. Nixon said his plan would build on existing employer-sponsored insurance plans and would provide government subsidies to the self-employed and small businesses to ensure universal access to health insurance. Kennedy went through the motions of cooperation, but in the end the AFL-CIO, with a covert nudge from Kennedy, killed the bill because Nixon was vanishing under the Watergate scandal and the Democrats did not want to hand the President and the Republicans one of their signature issues. Now the Republicans scream “socialism” at exactly what Nixon proposed and Kennedy killed off 38 years ago, in 1971.

Ted Kennedy wanted health care reform, but only with a Democrat in the White House.  Kennedy did not want Nixon or the Republicans to get credit for it.

Bernie, similarly, wants Medicare for All, but he doesn’t want Trump or the Republicans to get credit for it. 

Which means that Bernie has a priority higher than Medicare for All:  Supporting the Democrat party.