Daily Archives: January 7, 2019

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is interviewed about Medicare for All.

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is interviewed about Medicare for All and what he says the program would cost compared to the projected cost of the current health care system. Pollin argues that Medicare for All would provide health care for all Americans, at lower cost and without out-of-pocket expenses. (Jacobin magazine, 12/26/18)

Gerald C. Friedman, economics, says although Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez self-identify as democratic socialists, their views are neither radical nor outside the traditions of the Democratic Party, despite statements of outrage from conservative commentators.

Gerald C. Friedman, economics, says although Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez self-identify as democratic socialists, their views are neither radical nor outside the traditions of the Democratic Party, despite statements of outrage from conservative commentators. He says, for example, “[Sanders] is a left-liberal Democrat, a New Dealer and a social democrat. If you look at his platform in 2016, basically what he wanted was to go back and review the New Deal and complete it. It’s really on the right edge of anything people should call socialism,” Friedman says. (The Globe Post, 1/3/19)

Today’s NY Times features an op-ed piece by UMass economics PhD alum Sue Holmberg.