Cassidy-Graham Plan Would Add Millions to Uninsured, Destabilize Individual Market

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 BY JACOB LEIBENLUFT EDWIN PARK MATT BROADDUS AVIVA ARON-DINE This article originally appeared on the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities In releasing a revised version of their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham, along with co-sponsors Dean Heller and Ron Johnson, claimed that their bill isn’t a “partisan” approach and doesn’t include “draconian cuts.” In reality, however, the Cassidy-Graham bill would have the same harmful consequences as those prior bills. It would cause many millions of people to lose coverage, radically restructure and deeply cut Medicaid, eliminate or weaken protections for …

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Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All

By BERNIE SANDERS SEPT. 13, 2017 This op-ed 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, …

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Bernie Sanders’ ‘Medicare for all’ bill needs to pass

BY ROSEANN DEMORO, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 09/13/17 11:20 AM EDT This article originally appeared in The Hill With the collapse of the latest dismal effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare, the Graham-Cassidy block grantscheme, it’s time to try a different approach — let’s expand coverage and improve our healthcare system, not decimate it. Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.-I) this week is unveiling new legislation, the Medicare for all Act of 2017 that could finally achieve the dream reformers have advanced for more than a century – genuine universal care for all its people, guaranteed for everyone, regardless of ability to …

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‘Medicare for All’ Bill Could Be Single Greatest Advancement in Reproductive Health Care in a Century

The bill from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would unapologetically cover comprehensive reproductive health care (yes, including abortion) for everyone in the United States. Sep 13, 2017, 1:05pm Jodi Jacobson This piece originally appeard on Rewire As the GOP continues to look for ways to take health insurance coverage away from millions of people in the United States, and the Trump administration does its part to sabotage Obamacare insurance markets and enrollments, Senate Democrats are quickly coalescing around a “Medicare for All Act of 2017” to be introduced Wednesday by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Rewire reviewed an advanced copy of the legislation, which would establish a national health insurance program for every …

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Sanders defends his view that Trump is a liar

BY NIKITA VLADIMIROV This article originally appeared in The Hill Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday defended his view that President Trump is a liar after being criticized for his rhetoric by a reporter for The Washington Post. “What should a United States senator, or any citizen, do if the president is a liar?” Sanders wrote in a post on Medium. “Does ignoring this reality benefit the American people? Do we make a bad situation worse by disrespecting the president of the United States? Or do we have an obligation to say that he is a liar to protect America’s standing in …

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Bernie Sanders backs unionization campaign in Mississippi as Democrats draft populist agenda

By David Weigel This article originally appeared in The Washington Post On Saturday, workers at a Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., will stop to march for a union and hear from a special guest: Sen. Bernie Sanders. The onetime presidential candidate, now the Democratic caucus’s point man on political outreach, is coming to the “March on Mississippi” to send a message about how organizing can lift workers’ quality of life. “What I’m going to be saying is that the facts are very clear, that workers in America who are members of unions earn substantially more, 27 percent more, than workers …

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Sanders: Sessions should resign

BY JORDAIN CARNEY This article originally appeared in The Hill Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is joining a growing chorus of Democratic senators calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. Sanders’s statement comes after The Washington Post reported that Sessions spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice during the presidential campaign, then denied any meetings under oath during his confirmation hearing. Sanders called the report “deeply disturbing.” “Attorney General Sessions should resign and a special prosecutor should be appointed to give the American people credible answers about Russia’s involvement in the U.S. election,” Sanders said in a statement. “We need a Justice …

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Bernie Sanders in 14-minute Facebook attack on Donald Trump after Congress address

By Rob Crilly This article originally appeared in The Telegraph Bernie Sanders, the standard bearer of the Democratic Party’s Left wing, has poured scorn on Donald Trump’s first address to Congress, dismissing claims that the speech marked a resetting of the image of the troubled administration. In a 14-minute video posted to Facebook, the veteran Senator – who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination last year – railed against Mr Trump for what he said… and for what he didn’t say. He condemned the president for failing to mention how he will protect benefits for the less well-off and for omitting …

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Bernie Sanders takes another swing at big pharma with bill to allow drug imports

By Carolyn Y. Johnson This article originally appeared in The Washington Post Opening a new front in the war against big pharma, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and a slew of Democratic colleagues introduced a bill Tuesday to allow commercial importation of drugs from Canada. The appeal is obvious; through cheap imported drugs, the United States would be able to take advantage of the government levers and regulation that other countries have used to bring down pharmaceutical prices. It’s a far more politically palatable way to attack the problem of soaring drug prices than opening up an even more contentious fight over whether the U.S. government …

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Activist muscle gives Obamacare a lift

By Mike DeBonis and David Weigel This piece originally appeared in The Washington Post Seven years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Democrats seem finally to have secured a crucial element for its preservation: a robust grass-roots movement supporting it. Pro-ACA protesters attended more than 100 rallies held Saturday across the country, organized by an activist group affiliated with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). That followed a congressional recess week during which GOP lawmakers were confronted by defenders of the health-care law in town hall meetings across the country. Numerous Democratic officeholders also held events touting the law’s successes. …

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Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time

In fight to define party in age of Donald Trump, Sanders followers want to transform it from the bottom up by taking control of low-level state and county posts By REID J. EPSTEIN and JANET HOOK This article originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal. In Washington, Democrats are grappling with what it means to be a minority party in the age of Donald Trump. In the rest of the country, populist followers of Sen. Bernie Sanders are mounting a sustained effort to answer the question from the bottom up. In California, supporters of the 2016 presidential contender packed the obscure party meetings that …

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Bernie Sanders’ 3-Point Plan To Move Forward

by Kristin Marguerite Doidge “Thanks for inviting me to your rally,” joked Los Angeles Times columnist and political cartoonist David Horsey to Senator Bernie Sanders at what was supposed to be a stop on the former presidential candidate’s book tour. The event, it turned out, was more like a rock concert than a reading. The senator was welcomed with enthusiastic applause, cheers, and rally cries for “Bernie 2020!” from the sold-out crowd of 1,600 people at The Theatre at Ace Hotel downtown. People young and old, of all different ethnic backgrounds, packed into the theater for the event organized by …

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