Why We Need Medicare for All

By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The New York Times This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is designed to maximize profits for big insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, Wall Street and medical equipment suppliers? We remain the only major country on earth that allows chief executives and stockholders in the health care industry to get incredibly rich, while …

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Let’s Wrench Power Back from the Billionaires

If we stand together against powerful special interests we can eliminate poverty, increase life expectancy and tackle climate change. By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The Guardian. Here is where we are as a planet in 2018: after all of the wars, revolutions and international summits of the past 100 years, we live in a world where a tiny handful of incredibly wealthy individuals exercise disproportionate levels of control over the economic and political life of the global community. Difficult as it is to comprehend, the fact is that the six richest people on Earth now own more wealth than …

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It’s on Republicans to stop a shutdown

By Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The Washington Post I do not know why President Trump and the Republican Party — which controls the White House, the Senate and the House — are so willing to shut down the government. Maybe they think it will be good for them politically. Maybe they believe the chaos created by a government shutdown would be a welcome distraction from the ongoing Russia investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Whatever the motives of the Republican leadership, one thing is clear: A government shutdown would be disastrous for the American people. A shutdown …

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Go Fund Yourself

America’s dystopian health care system is forcing people into a lethal popularity contest. By Stephen Marche This piece originally appeared on Mother Jones Two days after receiving a diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer, Marisa Rahdar had to figure out how to beg for her life. “I didn’t want to do it at all,” she recalls. Rahdar is a 32-year-old bartender from Detroit, and she has insurance. Her brother, Dante, the one in the family who’s good with numbers, worked out the amount she’d need to cover her out-of-pocket medical expenses and take a break from serving beer so she could …

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The U.S. has one of the stingiest minimum wage policies of any wealthy nation

By Christopher Ingraham This piece originally appeared in The Washington Post Minimum wage workers in 18 states will see larger paychecks starting Jan. 1, according to the Economic Policy Institute, thanks primarily to minimum wage increases approved by either voters or state legislatures. Maine’s minimum wage workers will get the biggest pay raise, an 11 percent increase from $9 an hour to $10 an hour, as part of a ballot measure approved by the state’s voters in 2016. Minimum wage employees will get a 90 cent hourly increase in Colorado, while those in Hawaii will see an extra 85 cents. The minimum wage in …

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Koch Network To Launch Multimillion-Dollar Campaign To Try To Convince Americans To Support The New Tax Plan

By Tarini Parti This piece originally appeared on Buzzfeed The political network affiliated with billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch will launch a multimillion-dollar campaign to sell the just-passed GOP tax plan to voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The network, which is funded by hundreds of wealthy GOP donors, has already spent more than $20 million this year on pushing the bill — a top priority, which it worked on closely with the Trump administration. Network officials say they will continue to make significant investments early in the new year for a “a full-scale nationwide education campaign” on …

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Top Republicans are already talking about cutting Medicare and Social Security next

The idea of cutting popular programs in an election year has vulnerable Republicans asking, why not infrastructure? By Tara Golshan This piece originally appeared in Vox As Republicans turn the final corner on their tax bill, top GOP leaders have already identified their next frontier for 2018: a push to enact sweeping budget cuts on programs the poorest Americans depend on. House Speaker Paul Ryan and other top Republican leaders, fresh off a tax bill that is estimated to add at least $1 trillion to the national debt, are already sounding the alarm about an out-of-control deficit problem. Their targets …

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Warren and Sanders: Who Is Congress Really Serving?

By Elizabeth Warren & Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The New York Times WASHINGTON — Over the past year, Republicans have made their priorities clear. Their effort to repeal Obamacare would have left tens of millions of people without health insurance. Now Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, wants to ram through an enormous tax giveaway to the wealthy before seating Doug Jones, Alabama’s newly elected Democratic senator. The Republican agenda on health care and taxes may be popular with wealthy campaign donors, but it is widely disliked by the American people. It’s no wonder why. Despite a …

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Bernie Sanders Tells Trump to Keep His Promise on NAFTA

By Andrew Mayeda This piece originally appeared on Bloomberg President Donald Trump is finding an unlikely ally in his efforts to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement: the political left. Civil-society groups, union leaders and left-wing politicians have opposed almost everything Trump has done. But they’re urging him to stand firm in his attempt to overhaul Nafta — and face down opposition from business groups, who complain that U.S. companies will be hurt by the proposed changes. Mexico and Canada have called U.S. demands unworkable, including on regional-content requirements for cars and investor-state dispute systems. Senator Bernie Sanders, an …

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How to fix Puerto Rico’s power system

By Geoffrey Heal This piece originally appeared in Politico Months after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, most of the island’s population is still without power, an unprecedented outcome for a territory in the world’s most advanced nation. The destruction is so great that Puerto Rico effectively needs to rebuild its electric power system from the ground up, an overhaul that will cost billions of dollars. The storm’s devastation is tragic, but it also provides a rare chance to reimagine the Puerto Rican power system, currently so expensive and unreliable that it has become a major obstacle to the island’s economic …

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Tax bill could make ‘dark money’ political contributions tax deductible

By Jon Sarlin This piece originally appeared on CNN For the first time in American politics, anonymous “dark money” political donations could become tax-deductible. That’s if a provision currently being debated between House and Senate negotiators makes it into the final tax bill. The issue at hand started with the “Johnson Amendment,” named after then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson’s 1954 measure that prohibits nonprofit groups who maintain tax-exempt status, including churches and charities, from directly participating in politics. But efforts to repeal the Johnson Amendment have resulted in language that would ease political speech rules for all nonprofits. The results, critics say, …

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DNC Unity Reform Commission Takes a Whack at Superdelegates

by Aída Chávez This piece originally appeared in The Intercept The Democratic Party’s Unity Reform Commission on Saturday voted nearly unanimously on a series of proposals aimed at reforming the presidential nominating process, including one that would eliminate 60 percent of superdelegates. The commission, made up of 21 members selected by Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, held its final meetings on Friday and Saturday in a conference room at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington, D.C. The commission also debated reforms to voting registration, caucuses, and general transparency within the party. Cutting …

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