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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, … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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Sanders Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 2 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Monday in response to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas: “My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims and all those wounded in the horrific Las Vegas shooting. I also want to thank the first responders who did an outstanding job responding to this tragedy, saving many lives. “Last night’s attack is the deadliest mass shooting in our country’s modern history, and this year there have been more mass shootings than days in the year. In light of the terrible tragedy in Las … Read More

Graham-Cassidy Is Dead. Because the People Rose Up and Killed It.

Disability rights group ADAPT continued demonstrations even after news broke that Republicans will not take Graham-Cassidy bill to a vote on Senate floor. by Julia Conley, staff writer This piece originally appeared in Common Dreams Progressive groups celebrated their latest victory over the Republican-led Congress Tuesday after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not go to a vote this week as planned. The decision came a day after more than 200 members of ADAPT, the national disability rights group, stormed a hearing on the bill, chanting, “Kill the bill, don’t kill … Read More

Sanders: Trump tax plan is ‘morally repugnant and bad economic policy’

BY JULIA MANCHESTER – 09/27/17 11:22 AM EDT This piece originally appeared in The Hill Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) ripped President Trump’s proposed tax framework on Wednesday, calling it “morally repugnant.” “At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, President Trump’s tax plan is morally repugnant and bad economic policy. The last thing we should be doing right now is providing hundreds of billions in tax breaks to the wealthiest people and most profitable corporations in this country,” Sanders said in a statement. “It is particularly obscene to repeal the estate tax that would provide a $269 billion tax break to the top 0.2 percent. … Read More

Bernie Sanders: Time is ripe for Medicare for all

Bernie Sanders – Sept 25, 2017 This piece originally appeared in USA Today In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare legislation that guarantees comprehensive health care to all Americans over 65 through a single-payer, federally funded health care system. This is an effective, popular program. My Medicare for All Act of 2017, with 16 co-sponsors, improves and expands Medicare and, over a four-year transition period, provides health care to every man, woman and child in our country. In doing that, the U.S. will finally join the ranks of every other major country on Earth in recognizing that health care is a right, not … Read More

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