Bernie Sanders: The health care crisis no one is talking about

October 31, 2017 – Bernie Sanders This piece originally appeared in The Boston Globe The United States faces a major crisis in primary health care, and unless Congress acts immediately it is likely to become much worse. Millions of Americans are at risk of losing their access to health care because Congress did not renew funding for the community health center program at the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. Unless we renew funding immediately, 70 percent of funding will be cut, the doors of 2,800 community health centers will close, and 9 million patients will lose access to …

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Senator Bernie Sanders: Puerto Rico Is Not Alone

During a visit to Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria, Sanders said during a press conference that “Puerto Rico is not alone,” after seeing the island. This piece originally appeared in teleSUR United States Senator Bernie Sanders visited Puerto Rico for the second time, where he met with local authorities following devastation from Hurricane Maria in late September. After visiting Playita, an impoverished sector of San Juan that was affected by Hurricane Maria, Sanders said in a press conference held with the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz: “I want the Puerto Rican people, like the people …

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Government Study Confirms $7.25 Minimum Wage Is Poverty Trap for Millions of Americans

The $7.25 federal minimum is “a starvation wage that is not enough to keep working families out of poverty,” argued Sen. Bernie Sanders by Jake Johnson This piece originally appeared in Common Dreams Bolstering arguments that the minimum wage in the United States is a “starvation wage” that must be lifted, a new study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that millions of families with a worker earning the federal minimum or just above it are living in poverty. Specifically, the GAO report discovered that “about 20 percent of families with a worker earning up to the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25 per hour), …

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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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