Good morning friends! Starting this open thread/news roundup off with a couple Bernie related items and then everything else will be in the comments… including the latest write-ups on the Native Nations march, the most recent pipeline protests, more Sanders content, Trump’s latest moves towards an Idiocracy & more.
Following a Town Hall meeting in one of West Virginia’s poorest counties U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that the Senate can defeat the House Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act with a version he said would provide enormous tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.
The former Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont received a standing ovation immediately from about 250 people in a high school auditorium in McDowell County, and his call for universal health care as a right for all Americans was greeted with loud applause.
The Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act, which added health care coverage to 20 million people, would throw five to 10 million people off coverage including thousands of West Virginians, Sanders said.
At the same time, it would provide an estimated $275 billion in tax breaks for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans over a decade, he said.
“Instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires, I think we need to ask them to pay their fair share,” Sanders said.
The meeting hosted by MSNBC to examine the needs of rural America will be broadcast Monday evening.
Some county residents joined the conversation that also focused on Appalachian coal country’s economic hard times in coal’s downturn and the opioid drug epidemic that has hit southern West Virginia hard.
Bernie on ‘Face The Nation’:
[PS: I’m also tinkering with the rating/rec system trying to get it back to working correctly so anything that goes wrong site-wise in the next little while, is likely a result of that.]