Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating impacts, the country now needs to stand together to help others during their time of need.
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Texas needs a leader who serves all of us – and Lamar Smith is not that leader.
Like most Texans, I’m fed up with the current stagnation in DC. The news is full of professional politicians, getting nothing done but preserving their jobs and pleasing their corporate sponsors. For too long, Representative Smith has been part of the problem.
After 30 years, Lamar Smith only serves corporate lobbyists and political bullies, not the citizens of TX21 or the United States. It’s time to retire Lamar Smith, and I’m ready to take his place.
Our district and our country are in trouble. While big corporations hit record profits, most Texas families struggle to get by. Wages are flat, and good jobs are harder to find. Climate change threatens our way of life. Our American values are under siege.
For many here, it’s harder and harder to access the American Dream. And up in Washington, politicians like Lamar Smith are only making it worse.
Vote for me, Joseph Kopser, a real alternative: primed with real-world experience, fed-up with the current Washington nonsense, and ready to meet the challenges ahead. Join me, and let’s change things.
From joining the military at West Point to creating good-paying jobs right here in Texas, I’ve dedicated my life to service. I served in the Army for 20 years, earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab, and Bronze Star. I’ve dedicated my post-military career to building innovative companies and empowering workers. In Congress, I’ll put your interests ahead of the special interests, and I’ll hold the powerful accountable.
And when I asked him his thoughts on a single-pay health care system this was his response:
Yes, I am working for health care for all, just as I enjoyed with my family in 20 years of the Army. We are the greatest nation in the world, we should be able to care for all our citizens.
Today’s news roundup/open thread includes:
*Bernie’s Op-Ed on supporting Nissan workers’ fight for the right to unionize.
*Bernie’s Medicare-For-All Digital Campaign
*Tim Canova Responds to the DWS IT Scandal
*Jimmy Dore on the Democratic establishment’s scheming
*Cory Booker’s Marijuana Bill
*The latest pipeline/environmental/Water protector updates
I had made a comment this morning about the seemingly coordinated attempt to smear progressives with the term ‘Alt-Left’. Jimmy Dore has caught on as well and created a video on the topic that you can watch within the post.Continue reading →
Two days after Republicans in the Senate failed to roll back Obamacare, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said there should be a government-funded health insurance option “in every state in this country.”
“If people don’t like the private insurance that they’re getting, they should have a Medicare-type public option available in every state in this country,” Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Sanders, an independent senator who caucuses with Democrats and became a member of the Senate Democratic leadership following his presidential bid last year, has long made a call for universal coverage one of his key objectives.
Asked on Sunday if he would follow through on his pledge to submit single-payer legislation, in which the government would shoulder the health care costs for all, Sanders said, “Absolutely, of course we are.”
As part of this new push for single-payer legislation, Sanders said his team was looking at a way to build a popular consensus around health care as a right, regardless of income level.
“We’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together,” he said.
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Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders are lashing out after the Senate voted Tuesday to begin debating a health care plan that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act and leave tens of millions of Americans without health insurance.
Leahy, a Democrat, and Sanders, an independent, voted Tuesday afternoon against a motion to proceed to debate on a House-passed health care bill. The vote was held Tuesday before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., revealed the legislative language that senators will be debating, however.
Sanders, speaking at a news conference outside the Capitol alongside Democrats after the vote, repeated his assertion that what the GOP is seeking “ is the most dangerous and destructive piece of legislation ever to be discussed on the floor of the Senate in the modern history of our country.”
“ Do not kid yourself, when you throw 22 million Americans off the health care they have — people with cancer, people with diabetes, people with heart disease — thousand of those people will die,” Sanders said. “This is the wealthiest country in the history of the world. Our job is to make sure all Americans have health care, not throw 22 million people off the health care they have.”
Sanders said people across the country must continue to speak out as Democrats and independents in the Senate try to prevent the GOP from passing a repeal of the ACA.
“We’ll do our job here, but we need millions of Americans from coast to coast to stand up and tell the Republicans, ‘This is America, we are not going to pass legislation that allows thousand to die.’”
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During an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) killed Trump’s idea that Republicans should repeal Obamacare now and replace it later by pointing out that 32 million Americans would immediately lose their health insurance under Trump’s idea.
Sanders was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if Democrats would work with Republicans if they repealed now and replaced later.
Sen. Sanders answered, “No. The answer is that I have a lot of respect for Sen. Sasse, but that idea is an absurd idea. As you pointed out, the Congressional Budget Office indicated that if you simply repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), you will throw 32 million Americans off of health insurance, ten percent of the population of the United States. If you throw 32 million people off of health insurance ten percent of the population of the United States. For seven years, Republicans have been talking about a repeal mechanism, they haven’t agreed yet. If you throw, Jake, 32 million people off of health insurance, what doctors who have studied this issue say is that tens of thousands of people, every single year, will die.”
“Medicare for all” will be on the Senate agenda after Republicans fail to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“We are going to introduce it literally as soon as we’re through with this debate. I don’t want to confuse the two issues,” Sanders explained in his State of the Union appearance. “Medicare for all [is] simply an expansion of Medicare, so it’s not just for seniors, but for everybody.”
“I’m talking to you 50 miles away from the Canadian border. Somehow they manage to provide health care for all of their people and at a significantly lower cost per capita than we do, and so does every other major country on Earth,” Sanders argued, conceding “there is a lot to be talked about” but maintaining his case for a single-payer system.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday said that “thousands of people will die” if the new GOP ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill passes in the Senate.
“This is not trying to be overly dramatic,” he told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “Thousands of people will die.”
“Our job right now is not just to worry about a handful of senators who are trying to get this or that from the Republican leadership,” Sanders stated. “It’s to make it clear to the American people that this is not what our country is about.”
Sanders challenged the bill during the interview, saying it broke with Trump’s campaign promises to offer better healthcare options.
“Throwing 23 million people off of health insurance and raising premiums for older workers substantially — that’s not providing health care to everybody, that’s not great, that’s a disaster, that’s wrong, and the American people do not want to see this legislation passed,” Sanders said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) warned that the Trump administration’s approach to governance was putting the United States on “a drift toward authoritarianism,” arguing that criticism of the media and new restrictions on voting rights were making the country less democratic.
“Our country is moving in an authoritarian direction and the very nature of American democracy is under attack,” Sanders said Thursday morning at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “His rhetoric has the effect of casting grave doubts on the electoral process in our country, and delegitimizing any president who might follow him — just as he tried to delegitimize the president who preceded him.”
Sanders also warned specifically that Trump’s insistence that he would have won the popular vote had noncitizens not cast ballots — a falsehood, based largely on misreadings of academic studies — would lead to suppression aimed at protecting Trump and Republicans from democratic accountability.
“Trump is trying to lower voter turnout at a time when we have the lowest voter turnout of any country on Earth,” Sanders said. “He is also trying to pre-emptively cast doubt on the results of any future election that he might lose.”
You can read the full speech here.
Hello friends! Starting the day with some Rob Quist material and then everything else will be in the comments!
.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ rally Saturday for Rob Quist has been moved to the Adams Center in Missoula, which holds up to 7,500 people.
Quist, the Democratic candidate for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat, was originally set to appear with Sanders, the former Democratic presidential candidate, at the Wilma, which holds 1,200 people
The move was announced Wednesday morning on Quist’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Gov. Steve Bullock subsequently set the special election for Thursday, May 25.
“Montanans can RSVP by texting BERNIE to 30644 or by going to http://robquist.org/bernie”
Sen. Bernie Sanders did not hold anything back Thursday when he condemned the House passage of the Republican-backed bill to replace Obamacare.
“If the bill passed today in the House became law, thousands of Americans would die, because they would no longer have access to health care,” Sanders told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360.”
The Vermont lawmaker and former presidential candidate claimed the Obamacare replacement provides billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthiest 2%.
“What kind of health care bill are we talking about when you throw 24 million people off of health insurance,” Sanders said.
Cooper asked Sanders to weigh in on health care giant Aetna pulling out of Obamacare in Virginia, citing major losses.
“What (Republicans) are doing now is consciously sabotaging the Affordable Care Act,” Sanders said. “For example, not enforce the individual mandate — many billions of dollars are not coming into the system and then rates are going up. And then they say, ‘Oh look, it’s a terrible situation rates are going up’.”
Donald Trump and Republicans just celebrated voting to let thousands of Americans die so that billionaires get tax breaks. Think about that. pic.twitter.com/hbOp7k2TQe
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 4, 2017
In Cleveland on Monday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders railed against economic inequality, the influence of corporate America and argued for expansion of social safety-net programs.
In other words, Sanders’ 30-minute speech, delivered at the Global Center for Health Innovation, wasn’t all that different from the presidential campaign the independent, liberal firebrand from Vermont waged last year in his failed bid to secure the Democratic Party nomination.
Left reeling from Republican President Donald Trump’s improbable victory in November, Sanders are other progressives are jostling to chart out a future path for liberals in America.
Although he fell short in his presidential bid, Sanders clearly has captured the energy of his party’s young, liberal base.
On Monday, Sanders called for a series of policy proposals — a $15 an hour national minimum wage, 12 weeks of guaranteed, paid family leave, tuition-free public college education and a “Medicare for all” single-payer healthcare system — that are reminiscent of European-style social democracies. (Not to mention the 2016 Democratic National Convention platform that Sanders and his supporters pushed for.) He said the policies could be paid for by taxing the rich, or as he put it, making them pay their “fair share.”
“It seems to me that our job is not to just oppose Trump’s reactionary agenda. Although we’ve got to do that and we’ve got to do it vigorously,” Sanders said. “… But in addition to that, what we need to do is put forth a progressive agenda that addresses the needs of working families in the country, an agenda that has a very different moral compass than that of President Trump.
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I have quite a bit to post so will start off with Bernie’s speech @ the Vermont People’s Climate Rally Saturday and then put all of the other news/videos I am catching up on from over the weekend in the comments.
(Bernie Starts speaking at the 15 minute mark):
Thousands of demonstrators gathered at rallies across New England on Saturday in events organized to coincide with a national climate march in Washington, D.C., and President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office
Rallies occurred in cities including Boston; Concord and Portsmouth, N.H.; Montpelier, Vt.; and Augusta, Maine, with participants calling for the government to tackle environmental and economic problems stemming from climate change.
In Montpelier, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic Rep. Peter Welch spoke at the rally at the Statehouse while U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy hosted Vermonters marching in Washington.
Sanders, who addressed an adoring crowd of about 3,000 people, said the climate marches are part of a fight for the future of the planet.
The former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination said the fossil fuel industry puts short-term profits ahead of the best interests of the planet. He went through a litany of climate woes, including rising temperatures and increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but he also noted a series of accomplishments that include ever-dropping costs of renewable energy production and well-paying jobs in renewable power.