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Bernie Sanders Just Gave the Progressive Foreign-Policy Speech We’ve Been Waiting For

The senator powerfully linked domestic and foreign policy in the context of massive global inequality. By Stephen Miles This piece originally appeared in The Nation hroughout the winter and spring of 2016, Bernie Sanders challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, proudly laying out an agenda that pulled together one progressive policy plank after another. But in one important area, there was near deafening silence: foreign policy. Well, today Sanders finally delivered the speech many of us have been hoping to hear, from him or anyone else, for quite some time. In laying out a principled and bold progressive vision for … Read More

Republicans’ new repeal bill would probably leave millions more uninsured, new analyses suggest

Noam N. Levey – September 20th, 2017 This piece originally appeared in the LA Times The latest Republican bid to roll back the Affordable Care Act would likely leave millions of currently insured Americans without health coverage in the coming decades, and strip benefits and protections from millions more, a growing number of independent studies suggest. Healthcare safety nets in dozens of states stand to lose more than $200 billion by 2026 and hundreds of billions of dollars more in the years that follow, the analyses indicate. And while the magnitude of the coverage losses is difficult to quantify because the new GOP proposal — … Read More

Bernie Sanders to visit San Francisco on Friday for state nurses convention

By Evan Sernoffsky Updated 6:48 pm, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 This article originally appeared in the SFGate Sen. Bernie Sanders will visit San Francisco on Friday to promote his recently introduced Medicare for All plan at a convention of California nurses. The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate will be joined by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in the Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade for the event that’s hosted by the California Nurses Association. Sanders introduced his Medicare for All bill on Sept. 13. The proposed single-payer health care system would expand Medicare — which is reserved for older and disabled citizens … Read More

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, … Read More

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 … Read More

‘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 … Read More

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Sanders Statement on California Single-Payer Bill

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Saturday after the leader of the California Assembly announced he doesn’t plan to take up the Senate-passed, single-payer bill this year Read More

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ICYMI: More Than 12,500 Turn Out For Sanders, Quist Ahead of Thursday’s Election

WASHINGTON – More than 12,500 Montanans came out to see Bernie Sanders and Rob Quist at rallies in Missoula, Butte, Billings and Bozeman Saturday and Sunday ahead of Thursday’s special election. “Rob Quist is running a great grassroots campaign and it was a real joy to campaign with him over the weekend. He is standing up for working families in Montana and is fighting to create an economy and a government that works for all of us, and not just the billionaire class. If there is a large voter turnout on Thursday, Rob is going to pull off a major … Read More

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Sanders Statement on Ossoff

SALT LAKE CITY – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Friday in support of Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate for Congress in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District: “Let me be very clear. It is imperative that Jon Ossoff be elected congressman from Georgia’s 6th District and that Democrats take back the U.S. House. I applaud the energy and grassroots activism in Jon’s campaign. His victory would be an important step forward in fighting back against Trump’s reactionary agenda.” Read More

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Sanders Statement on the DNC Unity Reform Commission

MIAMI – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Wednesday after the Democratic National Committee announced the members of the Unity Reform Commission, which was established to help determine the best way forward for the Democratic Party in terms of rule changes: “I look forward to working with the new Unity Reform Commission of the Democratic National Committee. “It is my full intent, and the intent of the eight men and women I named to the commission, to fight vigorously for fundamental reforms in the Democratic Party. We must build a 50-state, grassroots party that opens its doors to the … Read More

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Sanders Statement on Kansas Special Election Results

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Wednesday congratulating James Thompson for his strong campaign in the heavily conservative Kansas 4th congressional district: “I want to congratulate James Thompson and the progressive community in Kansas for running a great campaign in the 4th congressional district. Nobody likes to lose a close election but, in a congressional district that Donald Trump won by 27 points last fall, James lost by just seven points last night. That’s an incredibly impressive showing. It is a showing that makes the entire country understand that grassroots America is beginning to stand up and … Read More

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Sanders and Perez Announce “Come Together and Fight Back” Tour

Senator Bernie Sanders, DNC Chair Tom Perez and other Democratic Party leaders will be traveling to nine “red” and “purple” states starting on April 17th.  Along with local activists they are tentatively scheduled to hold rallies in Maine, Kentucky, Florida, Nebraska, Utah, Montana, Arizona and Nevada. More information will be released in the coming days. The purpose of their trip is to begin the process of creating a Democratic Party which is strong and active in all 50 states, and a party which focuses on grassroots activism and the needs of working families. Sanders and Perez stated: “At a time of massive … Read More