Bernie Sanders dissects GOP health-care bill for Kentucky crowd
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders invaded U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s home state Sunday night to lambaste the Senate majority leader’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Sanders, an independent from Vermont who ran unsuccessfully for president last year, told about 2,100 people at a free “Care Not Cuts Rally” at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center that states like Kentucky that voted for President Trump and other Republicans will be punished the most by the McConnell plan.
In his 46-minute speech in Covington, Sanders, 75, said he is not the only one calling for the defeat of the GOP plan.
He noted that the AARP, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, March of Dimes and the American Nurses Association are among the medical groups opposing the bill.
Sander said, “I don’t get it” why McConnell opposes the current law, which has reduced the uninsured rate for adults in Kentucky from 20.4 percent in 2013 to just 7.8 percent in 2016 — the largest reduction in America.
Today, as a result of the ACA, only 4 percent of children in Kentucky are uninsured, said Sanders.
The video of the KY rally that includes all the speakers as well the one of the Morgantown rally are in the comments followed by the rest of the weekend news I am catching up on. See you there!
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Good morning friends! All the Bernie-centric news will go here and then I’ll put up an open thread for everything else!
Starting off with Bernie in Louisville and the rest will go in the comments:
Bernie Sanders Rallies Democrats In Louisville
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders packed Louisville’s Palace Theater Tuesday night during a campaign-style rally intended to unify and rebuild the Democratic Party after last year’s elections.
“We need to make the Democratic Party not just the party of the east coast and the west coast, but the party for all 50 states,” Sanders said.
The event was part of a speaking tour through conservative states across the country with the new chair of the Democratic Party, Tom Perez.
Sanders echoed promises he made during his presidential campaign last year — proposals to raise the minimum wage, make public colleges tuition-free, close the pay-gap between men and women and raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations.
He also called for a “Medicaid for all, single-payer system” and criticized Republicans for attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“You don’t need a Ph.D. in economics to know that it is immoral and bad economics to support legislation that would throw hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians off of the health care that they have — would do serious damage to the economy here,” Sanders said.
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(pic from Timothy D. Easley – AP) Protests today in Kentucky by union members and union officials, but the vote went against them with the measure that the protestors fear will hurt them being adopted. This feisty girl got herself thrown out after shouting out that the GOP “hates labor”: And I'd do it again tomorrow. #GOPHatesLabor and don't let anyone tell u anything else #kyga17 https://t.co/A0KjAmNp7N — Nema not NEMA (@nema) January 7, 2017 “These are just union-busting bills. They’re not going to improve the economy any. They just bust up the unions and make it harder … Continue reading →