Digital-Only ‘Medicare for All’ National Town Hall Meeting a Milestone in News Delivery

A panel discussion at the Medicare for All national town hall meeting
Written by JoAnn Chateau

Did you see Bernie Sanders’ live, online “Medicare for All” national town hall meeting last night? It was amazing and fantastic! (But don’t be too remorseful if you missed it, there’s a video of the full event below.)

First of all, THE original digital town hall meeting was well organized and beautifully conducted. TYT host Ana Kasparen began the introduction. (An aside: all Ana’s poise and professionalism cannot hide her utter admiration of Bernie Sanders — which I love about her.) The meeting then proceeded with a series of three panels that I will dub “Moral,” “Smart,” and “Doable.”

  • “We need health care to move our economy forward.” ~ Jen Kimmich, Alchemist Brewery
    Moral – A review of current obstacles to patient treatment
  • Smart – How health care affects the economy-at-large
  • Doable – Health care insights from other countries

In between panel discussions, questions from both the local audience and online viewers were addressed.

But here’s the ultimate “amazing and fantastic” aspect of Bernie Sanders’ first-ever, digital-only national town hall meeting: Mainstream news networks were uninterested in broadcasting it. (Yes, they had first dibs at it). Now, it isn’t that I’m surprised Mainstream doesn’t care to cover Medicare for All. They are corporate-owned and corporate-sponsored, and the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries are two huge sponsors of Mainstream news. What I find amazing is this: corporate media allowed control of the single-payer narrative to slip out of their fingers… forever.

“This in fact is an historic event… This is the first nationally televised Senate town meeting that is taking place outside of corporate media.” ~ Sen. Bernie Sanders
In addition, corporate media may have openly revealed their complete reluctance to objectively cover any part of the Progressive Movement.

Just as Bernie turned campaign finance upside-down, by refusing PAC money when he ran for President, now he is turning the news media inside-out. That is, “out” is the new “in.” With an estimated 1.1 million live viewers (and we won’t try to count the numbers watching it on video today), Bernie’s digital town hall meeting marks a milestone in news delivery. Clearly, Americans are learning where to go for news coverage on the issues that they care about.

“The Medicare for All National Town Hall is live from Washington. It’s time to make health care a right.” ~ Senator Bernie Sanders

More on the ‘Medicare for All’ Town Hall Meeting

Bernie Sanders Talks Universal Medicare, and 1.1 Million People Click to Watch Him | The Washington Post

Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare for All’ Online Town Hall Draws over 1 Million Live Viewers | The Huffington Post

Bypassing Major Networks, 1.6 Million Tune in for Sanders ‘Medicare for All’ Town Hall | Common Dreams [They must have meant 1.1 million, but still a good article]

Medicare for All in the USA — or Bust!



About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


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