Almost every day, I get a fundraising email from Nancy Pelosi’s office. They are semi-hysterical and almost always sound the alarm that the Republicans are about to do – or just did – something horrible and the only way to stop them is to send her money – the more the better. What’s missing from these fundraising emails are any ideas and proposals from her on how to fix the problem she has selected as the emergency topic of the day.

The best example of this pattern is the healthcare issue.  Rep. Pelosi has repeatedly heaped vitriolic criticism against Speaker Ryan and House Republicans for devastating the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and leaving millions of people without health insurance coverage and, consequently, access to any medical care at all. While her criticism is justified, she stops short of proposing any solution to the problem. Her emails are a verbal wringing of hands and an admission or being powerless to do anything about it. In steadfastly maintaining this position, Rep. Pelosi fails and refuses to represent the values and wishes of the people of San Francisco she was elected to represent and whom she asks to re-elect her for the 16th time in 2018.

However, on the healthcare issue, there is an obvious solution – one which an overwhelming majority of Democrats nationally and especially here in San Francisco strongly support: single-payer health care – Medicare for All.

So, why doesn’t Pelosi do the right thing and propose this obvious solution? Because, although she does a verbal tap dance worthy of Fred Astaire trying to suggest she once supported single payer healthcare and will do so again when the time is right (She says, “We’re not ready for single-payer healthcare.”), the truth is that she not only does not support single payer healthcare, she deliberately blocks its passage.  You want my evidence?

  1. She refuses to sponsor Rep. John Conyers’ pending bill, HR 676, establishing Medicare for All and.
  2. She failed to endorse SB 562 in the California State Senate, also establishing-single payer healthcare in California.

You may be asking yourself, “Why would Mr. Pelosi block single payer healthcare?” She blocks it because she raises millions of dollars from health insurance companies, Big Pharm and other healthcare providers over her career, all of which have billions of dollar stakes in preventing single payer healthcare from becoming law. And those millions of donated dollars do not come without strings. In this case, the string is an obvious commitment to preventing single-payer healthcare from becoming law.

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