This plan floated by Andy Stern sounds like a damn good idea to me. As a health care idea it's really only "okay" -- the real virtue is that it potentially leverages an okay health care policy idea into what could be a fantastic civil society building idea. An effective political system depends, to a large extent, on the existence of meaningful organizations in society that aren't strictly political advocacy groups. Organizations like that -- unions, churches, gun clubs -- have the capacity to take people who aren't "political" sorts and make them see that politics is interested in them even if they aren't interested in politics. The combination of declining unionization rates with the collapse of other sorts of membership organizations (Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs and so forth) has played a large role in bringing about the current state of corporate domination of the political system. This is the sort of thinking that could turn things around.

UPDATE: Stern mentions this in the course of an interview with Campus Progress.

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