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A More Progressive Economic Agenda

Distinguished economist, Robert Pollin, joins us to share his ideas on a progressive more egalitarian economic agenda.  And Dr. Steffie Woolhandler tells us why doctors and other health professionals want a single-payer, Medicare for All healthcare system.

Robert Pollin is a Distinguished Professor of Economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.  He is the author of many books on economics including Back to Full Employment and Greening the Global Economy.

“There’s no evidence that countries that have “more flexible (labor) markets” – meaning fewer social protections – perform better, even by standard measures like GDP.  This has become one of the myths around globalization: that the only way under a globalized setting countries could compete is by worsening conditions for ordinary people.”  Robert Pollin: co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute

Dr. Steffie Woolhandler is a practicing primary care physician, distinguished professor of public health and health policy in the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health at Hunter College, adjunct clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Woolhandler is a co-founder and board member of Physicians for a National Health Program, which is a non-profit research and education organization of 20,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals, who support single-payer national health insurance.

“Medicare for All would mean that everybody on the day they were born would get an insurance card that would pay for all medically needed care at the doctor or hospital of their choice.  For doctors it would mean that everybody came with the same coverage; and we no longer had to worry about would the patient come back to see us for follow-up or would they decide that’s just too expensive… that’s not pie in the sky.  That is the way that the single–payer systems work in countries like Canada or Scotland.” Dr. Steffie Woolhandler: co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program


  1. Amy Swank says:

    Your work is amazing Nader and I’ve always found value in your hard work and awesome books 🙂

  2. G Humphrey says:

    Question: where are the transcripts I keep hearing about on the radio show? I found only a select few at this website weeks ago, and a few using Google search. I see no links to transcripts at this website any more.

    • Steve Skrovan says:

      We apologize. We just have not been able to keep up with them. If there is a particular episode you’d like to have a transcript of, let us know and we will put that at the top of the queue. Thanks for listening.

  3. Dear Mr. Nader and Company,

    The bulldozer in the room that is stopping Single Payer for everyone is the medical insurance lobby. The following very simple solution is, by far, the best idea, ever, as to how to get to Single Payer FAST:

    About 15% of the Federal budget for all medical related expenses would more than pay to buy out EVERY medical insurance company in the country! Why this hasn’t been realized until now is beyond me. Do that and there would be nothing stopping (except a handful of Republican troglodytes) an immediate enactment of a national Single Payer system.

    Without the medical insurance companies there would be no opposition, and no other way to pay medical expenses except a Single Payer system.

    I think it is an idea well worth promoting.


    • Steve Skrovan says:

      Ralph talked about that very thing at the very tail end of this episode and then again in our latest episode with insurance expert Robert Hunter. Take a listen.

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    Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed by the sad state of the country and planet, I try to listen the Ralph Nader Radio Hour as an antidote. Ralph and guests knowledgeabley describe the problems, but unlike most of the alt and progressive media— Ralph ALSO prescribes tried and true citizen action to combat or ameliorate the problems, sites resources, contacts for organizations working on the specific problems and the history of legislative actions or inactions, champions and progress or deterioration in all specific areas.
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