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
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.
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.
Backed by nearly half of the Senate’s Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wa.) are introducing revamped legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 and index it to inflation.
The Raise the Wage Act of 2017, which Sanders and Murray will unveil later today, would hike the minimum wage for the first time in a decade, raising it to $9.25 immediately, and inching it up to $15 by 2024, while simultaneously raising the minimum wage for tipped workers.
With Republicans in control of Congress, the bill is largely a messaging vehicle, with no chance of passage. But its support from the conference is the latest example of the Democratic Party’s leftward shift since the defeat of 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The last version of the Sanders bill, 2015’s Pay Workers a Living Wage Act, had just five co-sponsors. The new bill counts 22 co-sponsors, including Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. Just two years ago, Schumer resisted the $15 minimum wage proposal, instead co-sponsoring Murray’s legislation for a $12 wage — “a winner issue for us,” according to Schumer.
Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) will drop a companion bill in the House. Ellison has previously pushed for $15 an hour, while Scott joined Murray in calling for a $12 minimum wage hike last Congress.
The $15 minimum wage bill stands little chance of passing in a Republican-controlled Congress, but could put pressure on GOP lawmakers to stand up for workers.
Sanders and the Democrats will rally Wednesday outside the Capitol building with a group of striking workers. The low-wage federal workers claim President Trump’s labor policies have started a “war on workers.”
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Good morning friends! I’ll get straight to the news and start with Emma Vigeland of TYT Politics speaking with Tulsi Gabbard about her recent trip to Syria where she met with both civilians and President Bashar al Assad:
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Good morning friends! Apologies for missing out on the big speakers of the night, Time-Warner apparently did not want me to be with you all (or to do much rounding up of news this morning). I’ll try and add more as the day goes on!
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