At the heart of the Abdul/Whitmer divide is a fundamental disagreement about how policy is made and change happens.
Whitmer and her supporters have been saying for a year that
single-payer healthcare is impossible to implement at a state level.
California tried and failed, therefore we can never do it here. Don't
you know that we would need to control the State Senate to pass that
bill? Do you realize that we can't take the Senate this year?
In this line of thinking, if something is politically impossible in the short-term, it is not worth talking about.
Abdul and his campaign have a different philosophy. They believe
that by talking about the impossible in the short-term, you make it
possible in the long run. There's no other way. That's why Abdul has
campaigned on this issue from Day 1. He wrote an original policy paper
detailing about how single-payer would be implemented. He acknowledged
the political barriers, and never promised to pass the thing overnight.
All he has promised is to fight like hell.
And what do you know, the political winds are already shifting. Since Abdul launched his campaign, we have seen:
-A single-payer bill introduced in the state legislature
-The launch of a new statewide organization launch to advance this idea
-At least a dozen state legislative candidates campaign on single-payer
All of which is creating political will, building buzz, and paving the way for more allies to jump on board.
Call me young and naive, but I'd rather fight for the "impossible"
than calmly explain to voters why a humane healthcare system, 100%
renewable energy, and other life-saving policies are simply
unachievable." ~ Will Lawrence, environmental organizer