The Many Market Failures of Health Care

There are obvious reasons from a noneconomic standpoint why we should have some sort of universal health care system in the U.S.  There are also good reasons from a macroeconomic standpoint, primarily that there are significant administrative cost savings.  While microconomic arguments are often used to justify a privatized health care system, this not correct.  Market failures abound in this sector, and honest assessments recognize their existence.

Savage Joy Interviews Sarah Smith, Candidate For US Congress Dist 9 WA

Joy and Sarah discuss the slate of strong progressive candidates currently running, and the prospects for 2020. Holding politicians to account after the election is an important part of staying politically active and protecting the progressive agenda. Campaign finance is the most important issue.

Steven Grumbine Interviews Steven Hail, Australian Economist

Steve welcomes Steven Hail to discuss the results of the IPPC report. The report findings are very discouraging, showing significant changes in the climate with warming at 2 degrees Celsius above pre-Industrial carbon levels. We are currently 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial carbon levels.

Savage Joy Interviews Zak Ringelstein, Candidate for US Senate

Joy gets to interview her most requested guest, Zak Ringelstein, a Maine public school teacher running for the U.S. Senate.  Having had the opportunity to see political and corporate leaders through his work in education policy, Zak understands how little the citizens’ interests are represented at the highest levels of power.  This will be the first election with ranked choice voting, which was implemented in Maine through activism and popular support, despite the obstructions of elected state officials.

Savage Joy Interviews Brian Abrahamson

Joy again chats with Brian Abrahamson, an independent candidate for the Minnesota State House, District 22A. Brian ran as a Democrat in the primary, but was yet another victim of suspicious activity, coming in second. This time Brian is running as an Independent. Not surprisingly, he again had pushback from the established parties, and Brian was shut out of debates with the other candidates.

Savage Joy Interviews Maria Estrada, California Assembly Candidate 63rd District

Joy welcomes Maria Estrada, who is running for the California state assembly to represent the 63rd district, currently represented by Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the Assembly.  Maria describes the resistance to her campaign by establishment politicians, who went as far as canceling community events rather than allowing her to make an appearance.  Despite such resistance, Maria gets her energy and drive from her supporters, who are actively spreading the word about her campaign.  

Geoff Ginter Interviews Pavlina Tcherneva at the 2nd Annual MMT Conference

At the Second Modern Monetary Conference, Real Progressive’s Geoff Ginter has a brief chat with “Goddess of the Job Guarantee” Dr. Pavlina Tcherneva. Dr. Tcherneva describes her experience with and observations of a jobs guarantee program in Argentina. She talks about the impact of this program on various types of communities, the kinds of jobs created, who benefitted, and how one community shed its image as the ''Hidden City'.

Savage Joy Interviews Tim Canova for Her 1 Year Anniversary

Savage Joy celebrates by interviewing the man who was also her first guest, Tim Canova!