Jacobin tees off again on Elizabeth Warren’s M4A proposal. I’m afraid I don’t think much of Higgenbotham’s argument. At the start, he centers the political difficulty of M4A on the resistance of providers. That is certainly one pole of resistance. There is another that he fails to note until later in the article — the disruption entailed in changing financing from the status quo to something — Warren’s or Bernie’s — entirely different. Later in the piece he makes this explicit: “We can easily pay for Medicare for All. Let’s reject the premise that financing it is our main fight.” I call this whistling past the graveyard.
Warren’s plan is arguably crafted to resist political problems in the latter realm, and for this the author criticizes her. Another gloss on the difficult politics of finance.
Then the author echoes Bruenig’s arguments, which I addressed in my previous post.
Ultimately, for Higginbotham, the politics are magically overcome by political revolution, but while it should be clear that furious mobilization will be required to win M4A, simply invoking it doesn’t make the politics of a grand financing change go away.