Single-Payer Critics Miss the Point – We’re Falling Behind

Our healthcare system is continuing to fall behind countries that do and can rely on their government. By Gerald Friedman This piece originally appeared in the Huffington Post The recent introduction of the Medicare-for-All bill has caused a spree of reaction pieces accusing supporters of thinking of single-payer healthcare systems as some sort of “magic pill.” These pieces have nitpicked aspects of systems in Canada, Europe, and beyond and then declared the idea of single-payer to be a complete failure. While some of these critiques have made good points about issues in existing systems, they completely miss the point of …

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Bernie Sanders Is Coming to Somerville

This piece originally appeared in Boston Magazine. By Spencer Buell Bernie Sanders is coming to Somerville on Monday, where he will stump for progressive candidates in local elections. The Vermont Senator says he’ll be at Once Somerville, the music venue, at 9:30 a.m. to rally behind a pack of candidates in Cambridge in Somerville who are running for school board, city council, and board of aldermen. The election for those seats is on November 7. He will also “be discussing how we can make local government work for ordinary citizens,” Our Revolution says on its website, adding, “Join Bernie and our candidates for local office …

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The Republican budget is a gift to billionaires: it’s Robin Hood in reverse

Donald Trump and Republican leaders claim their plan would provide a ‘big league’ tax cut for the middle class. Nothing could be further from the truth. By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The Guardian fter failing to pass a “healthcare” bill that would have thrown up to 32 million Americans off of health insurance, a bill that was more unpopular than the Wall Street bailout, Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress are back. Now, they are pushing one of the most destructive and unfair budget and tax proposals in the modern history of our country – …

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Sanders: To Lift ‘Outrageous’ Burden of Student Debt, Time for Tuition-Free College for All

“Each and every American must be able to get the education they need to match their skills and fulfill their dreams.” by Jon Queally  This piece originally appeared in Common Dreams In order to lift the burden of debt on millions of students and unleash the potential of current and futute generations, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared on Tuesday night that the time is now “to make public colleges and universities tuition free” in the United States. In the speech, delivered at Castleton University in his home state of Vermont, Sanders called for all U.S. students, regardless of background or ambitions, …

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Nationwide, progressive candidates are leading and winning

Valerie Vande Panne, 10.10.2017 This article originally appeared on Salon. This year might not be a big election year, but since all politics is local, progressives are shaking up the establishment in elections nationwide. Down south in Alabama, Randall Woodfin was elected mayor of Birmingham last week, unseating incumbent William Bell. Woodfin had backed Hillary in the 2016 primary, but received the Bernie Sanders-backed Our Revolution’s endorsement. Birmingham’s incumbent mayor was projected to win easily, with polls showing him in the lead as recently as August. Up in Minneapolis, where the mayoral election will happen November 7, Our Revolution-backed candidate Ray Dehn won …

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The Republican Plan to Rob America

Massive tax cuts will starve public investment for years to come. By Robert L. Borosage OCTOBER 6, 2017 This piece originally appeared in The Nation The Republican tax plan is a lie. It’s being sold with the promise that the tax cut will create jobs and growth. In fact, the Republican tax cuts, if passed, will become the major obstacle to the very investments vital to generating good jobs and future economic growth. Contrary to Donald Trump’s claims, the rich and big corporations will pocket the vast bulk of the tax cuts, not working people. The tax cuts won’t pay for themselves. They will …

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We Must Make Public Colleges and Universities Tuition Free

Americans face almost $1.5 trillion in debt in the name of higher education. By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in VICE Impact This is an opinion piece by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont. Our nation needs the best-educated workforce in the world to succeed in the ever more competitive global economy. Sadly, we are moving further and further away from that goal. As recently as 1995, the United States led the world in college graduation rates, but today we have fallen to 11th place. We are now behind such countries as Japan, South Korea, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and …

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Trump: Less Tweets, More Help

By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in El Nuevo Dia Puerto Rico has been devastated. The island lacks electricity, food, water and gas. People are unable to get the health care they need, and physicians warn of an impending health care crisis. As American citizens, Puerto Ricans are entitled to the same kind of response as the people of Texas, Florida, Vermont and other regions of the country that have been hit hard by natural disasters. President Donald Trump should be focusing his energies on helping to rebuild Puerto Rico, not attacking San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. No President …

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Bernie-Backed Insurgent Randall Woodfin Defeats Birmingham’s Incumbent Mayor

Zaid Jilani October 3 2017, 10:22 p.m. This piece originally appeared in The Intercept Birmingham’s Mayor William Bell, first elected in 2010, was supposed to have an easy re-election. A poll released in early August found that 57 percent of his city’s residents thought he was doing an “excellent” or “good” job. But populist challenger Randall Woodfin, a 36-year-old former board of education president endorsed by the Bernie Sanders-backed campaign group Our Revolution, topped Bell in the first round of voting in August. On Tuesday night, Woodfin finished the job in the runoff, stunning Alabama and winning the mayor’s race comfortably — Woodfin defeated Bell with 58 percent of the vote. …

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Thousands Of Voters Didn’t Cast A Ballot In Wisconsin Because Of Voter ID, Study Finds

Most people who said they were daunted by the law actually had an acceptable form of ID and could have voted, the study found. By Sam Levine This piece originally appeared in The Huffington Post Wisconsin’s voter ID law discouraged as many as 23,252 people in the state’s two largest counties from voting in last year’s presidential election, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The study, based on a survey of people in Milwaukee and Dane counties who did not vote, says the law discouraged 16,801 to 23,252 people from voting. The researchers estimated that 9,001 to 14,101 people actually were …

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Trump and the GOP’s New Tax Plan Is a Giant Gift to the 1%

BY ROBERT REICH This piece originally appeared in In These Times When Barack Obama was president, congressional Republicans were deficit hawks. They opposed almost everything Obama wanted to do by arguing it would increase the federal budget deficit. But now that Republicans are planning giant tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, they’ve stopped worrying about deficits. Senate Republicans have agreed to cut taxes by $1.5 trillion over the next decade, which means giant budget deficits. Unless Republicans want to cut Social Security, Medicare, and defense, that is.  Even if Republicans eliminated everything elsein the federal budget – from education to Meals on Wheels …

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Take it From a New Mom: Universal Health Care Would Mean Freedom, Especially for Women

BY SARAH SELTZER SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 3:30 PM This piece originally appeared in Glamour Since my baby was born a year and a half ago, my husband and I have watched the majority of our recent employers in the media industry either shut down, get sold, or drastically decrease their staff. We have switched back and forth to each others’ health insurance a few times, trying to maintain stability for our family. Still, I go to bed every night worrying about insurance, especially that I am now a C-section mom, which means I have a pre-existing condition. For women—and for all parents …

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