The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Macomb County Healthcare Rally

Jan 23, 2017

As many as 6 thousand people came out on January 15 in Macomb County, Michigan–a county that helped elect Donald Trump–for a “rally to save healthcare.”

Clearly the population needs a better healthcare system than the Affordable Care Act, a gift to the insurance industry if ever there was one. And in the richest country in the world, the money is there to make healthcare free for all.

But the turn-out reflected wide-spread worry over what will happen to their healthcare if the Affordable Care Act is thrown out with nothing to replace it.

The rally was organized by the Democratic Party. The turn-out was better than expected. The main speaker was Bernie Sanders.

Now that they are out of power and not responsible to pass laws, the Democrats become loud. But when President Obama was first elected, the Democratic Party WAS in power. They did NOT organize massive rallies to push through all the changes folks elected Obama to get. Where were they then?

Both parties have been hypocritical. They TALK about “change” to get elected, but DO nothing to solve the deep problems working people face.

It is the right thing to do to demonstrate, to fight, to refuse to be silent. But don’t trust the Democrats or the Republicans to be a leadership to do anything but serve the rich. Both have shown us in the past who they truly are. As Maya Angelou said, “When someone shows you who they ARE, believe them the first time.”