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jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/01/29/lowest-paid-shutdown-workers-arent-getting-back-pay/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.122fafd6b7f6&utm_source=reddit.com

And even as they began returning to work Monday, they were bracing for more pain. President Trump’s new deadline for Congress to earmark funding for his proposed border wall is Feb. 15. Agencies could close again if no deal is reached.

[Federal contractors who lost health insurance during the shutdown remain in limbo]

Murray-Wright, who lives in Maryland and has worked at Smithsonian properties for 15 years, said seeing her name back on the schedule has brought little relief.

She clocks in again Tuesday but doesn’t expect a paycheck for at least another week. After her husband died last year of a heart attack, she has struggled to support her sons, ages 12 and 15.

“I did have a little money in the bank — now that’s all gone,” she said, crying. “I don’t have any help. My electricity might be turned off any day now.”

Héctor Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU, a labor union that represents 170,000 service workers on the East Coast, said reopening the government is a temporary fix for people on such shaky ground.

“Contracted workers are still in limbo,” he said in an email. “The men and women who clean and secure federal buildings have been living on the edge of disaster for five weeks. Many of these workers are facing eviction, power shut-offs, hunger and even going without lifesaving medications. And unlike direct federal employees, they may never be made whole.”

jcitybone

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/1/29/18200559/government-shutdown-contractors-back-pay

A growing number of Republican Senators have slammed the negative effects of the government shutdown, yet none have signed on to a bill guaranteeing back pay for contractors, a group of federal workers that’s been hit especially hard by the stalemate.

While Sen. Tina Smith (MN), one of the legislation’s chief sponsors, has now racked up support for the bill from more than 20 Democrats, not a single Republican has officially backed it so far, according to a spokesperson for Smith. Lawmakers are hopeful this could change, however.

“I don’t know of any Republican opposition to this,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (MD), one of the bill’s sponsors told Vox, adding that he hopes the legislation could be added to any final spending package that funds the government. In the House, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA) has also introduced a companion bill.

Many federal contractors, unlike other government employees, are not expected to get back pay for the paychecks they missed during the 35-day shutdown. Because they work for a third-party company that the government pays for its services, contractors don’t get paid when these services aren’t used. During past shutdowns, contractors have been forced to simply chalk up this gap in pay as a loss.

jcitybone

Good vote for Gillibrand here—as a NY Senator this vote is harder than some others. Klobuchar from Minnesota was a yes. Hard pass on this one for President. Markey was a yes and very disappointing. Carper, Kaine, and Peters were surprise nos. A lot of senators from states with two Dems voted opposite. Booker copped out. At least Harris had her town hall meeting. She probably would have been a no.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/29/25-democrats-join-gop-advance-anti-boycott-bill-bernie-sanders-warns-violates

While the 25 Democratic senators who crossed the aisle were denounced for voting to end debate on Senate Bill 1 (S.1)—which legal experts have decried as “unconstitutional”—the 19 Democrats and one independent who voted no were applauded for taking a firm stand for free expression.

“Disappointing vote to undermine free speech rights for Palestinian freedom, but encouraging 19 senators understand minimal credibility as a progressive now includes standing up for freedom to boycott,” said Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace.

The 19 senators—18 Democrats joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)—who voted no were:

Baldwin (D-Wis.)
Brown (D-Ohio)
Carper (D-Del.)
Durbin (D-Ill.)
Feinstein (D-Calif.)
Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
Heinrich (D-N.M.)
Hirono (D-Hawaii)
Kaine (D-Va.)
Leahy (D-Vt.)
Merkley (D-Ore.)
Murphy (D-Conn.)
Peters (D-Mich.)
Reed (D-R.I.)
Sanders (I-Vt.)
Shaheen (D-N.H.)
Udall (D-N.M.)
Van Hollen (D-Md.)
Warren (D-Mass.)

Seven senators did not vote, including 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), rumored 2020 hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii).

Benny

Yet Amy K voted for it. Disturbing.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/427488-dem-leaders-defend-freshmen-tlaib-omar

The Senate voted 74-19 on Monday to advance legislation that would impose new sanctions on Syria and reauthorize security assistance to Israel. It also includes Rubio’s anti-BDS provision.

Many Democrats view Rubio’s BDS provision as a poison pill due to concerns about its limits on free speech. House Democrats indicated they are unlikely to take up the Senate legislation in its current form.

“I can say that the overwhelming majority of the House Democratic Caucus is strongly pro-Israel. That said, we are not going to allow the Senate Republicans to move legislation forward that really is a political stunt and not a serious effort at advancing American foreign policy interests,” Jeffries said.

orlbucfan

Marco Rubio, senior Senator from FL; Sick Rott/Rick Scott, junior Senator from FL. What more can any decent person say in terms of shite?

polarbear4

Wyden was a yes.

jcitybone

Yeah one of those Dem split vote states, which include NH, MA, RI, CT, NY, MD, VA, MI, IL, and OR

Torabs
Torabs

Disappointing lack of courage in Bernie’s tweet.

I don’t believe for a minute that Harris’s absence was a coincidence.

polarbear4

He got a ton of replies—“Support BDS, Bernie “

jcitybone

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/heckler-interrupts-howard-schultz-book-tour-event-don-t-help-n963831

Billionaire businessman Howard Schultz, who said he is “seriously” considering an independent 2020 presidential bid, was shouted down by a protester at the kickoff event for his nationwide book tour on Monday night in New York City.

“Don’t help elect Trump you egotistical billionaire a—–e,” the protester shouted at the former Starbucks CEO, who is worth more than $3 billion according to Forbes.

“Go back to getting ratioed on Twitter,” the protester added, pointing to Schultz’s tweets that were garnering substantially more comments than retweets or likes, a sign of disagreement with his message on the platform. “Go back to Davos with the other Billionaire elite who think they know how to run the world.”

jcitybone

No fan of Bloomberg, but at least he’s going to run as a Dem, he was the mayor of the nation’s largest city, and does contribute $$ to worthy causes like gun control.

https://www.axios.com/2020-presidential-election-howard-schultz-harris-warren-75c7cf49-12e0-4645-82e8-3d68c50b1b2b.html

Former Starbucks CEO and potential 2020 presidential contender Howard Schultz blasted some of the Democratic Party’s biggest 2020 candidates during a Tuesday media blitz, calling Sen. Kamala Harris’ support for Medicare for All “not American” and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “wealth tax” proposal “ridiculous.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/howard-schultz-calls-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-a-bit-misinformed-when-it-comes-to-taxing-the-wealthy/2019/01/29/b00db19e-23c5-11e9-90cd-dedb0c92dc17_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c28bce29868f&utm_source=reddit.com

Howard Schultz, the billionaire former Starbucks chief executive officer eyeing an independent presidential bid, on Monday called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “a bit misinformed” and pushed back on her idea of a top marginal tax rate of 70 percent.

Schultz credited Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y), who’s been embraced by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, for having put a focus on issues of inequality but called her tax proposal “punitive” during a discussion at the launch of a book tour in New York.

Schultz also knocked the views of a policy adviser to Ocasio-Cortez as “un-American.” The adviser, Dan Riffle, has said that he considers every billionaire to be a “policy failure.”

“It’s so un-American to think that way,” Schultz said when presented with a quote from Riffle.

jcitybone

More from this schmuck. This time on the View. I’m sure to him even Harris, Gillibrand, and Booker are “far-left progressive liberal Democrats”
???

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-view-makes-howard-schultz-squirm-can-you-really-live-with-re-electing-trump

And while he accepts that President Trump was “responsible for closing the government,” he blames both Democrats and Republicans in Congress for the harm that came to the 800,000 furloughed federal workers.

Schultz also attacked Sen. Kamala Harris for saying we should “abolish the insurance industry” in favor of Medicare for All during her CNN town hall the night before.

Putting his hand on her shoulder, Schultz said, “Joy, I don’t agree with you,” arguing that Trump is more likely to win if he “runs against a far-left progressive liberal Democrat.” Like he did during his interview with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, Schultz explained that it is policies like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed 70 percent marginal tax rate on people making more than $10 million per year that spurred him to run.

phatkhat

Ugh. Mansplaining and being paternalistic. Double ugh.

jcitybone

https://www.vox.com/2019/1/29/18201005/howard-schultz-billionaires-president

That’s just one idea. He could pour more money into other causes as well, with dozens of options that are likely to get him better results for the money than a quixotic campaign for president.

But is that good for the rest of us? A lot of people have mixed feelings about billionaire philanthropy, at least once billionaires step away from uncontroversially great projects like vaccinating children and combating malaria, areas where individual billionaire philanthropists have saved millions of lives. Rob Reich, a philosopher at Stanford University, has argued that we should be more skeptical of how much leverage billionaires have to advance their civic ideals with their fortunes.

Those are legitimate concerns. My view is that we should judge billionaire philanthropy on the merits — laud them when they do good, encourage better when they waste their money, and criticize those projects that advance goals we don’t share. If Schultz puts his money behind projects that are cost-effective and serve a broader public purpose, I’ll be thrilled for him — and for us.

Going that route may be a little less dramatic than running for president. But CEOs should care about results, right? The $768 million the Clinton campaign spent is more than we’ve spent on efforts to eradicate malaria with gene drives, hundreds of times more than we’ve spent on improving our electoral system with new voting systems, and significantly more than we have invested in managing emerging technologies.

Anyone running on their “business sense” should ask themselves the most cost-effective way to achieve the results they dream of — and typically, the answer won’t be with a campaign for president.

jcitybone

https://www.insidesources.com/in-n-h-dems-identify-with-ocasio-cortez-over-hillary-clinton/

In the First-in-the-Nation primary state of New Hampshire, Donald Trump is trailing three high-profile progressive Democrats in the 2020 race. That’s the finding of the latest NHJournal Poll of Granite State voters—taken before Trump’s backdown in the government-shutdown fight with Speaker Nancy Pelosi over border wall funding.

The incumbent Republican is down by double-digits in theoretical match-ups with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (54-41 percent) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (54-41 percent); and Trump trails political newcomer former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke 48-41 percent.

This survey, conducted via landline IVR and online polls of 593 registered voters in New Hampshire, has a margin of error of +/- 4.0%.

In addition, how Democrats view their own party has shifted drastically during the Trump years. When asked which of three prominent Democrats best represent the Democratic Party of today, just 17 percent of New Hampshire Democrats picked the party’s 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton, while 28 percent picked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a solid 55 percent majority picked Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“The fact that so many Democrats in New Hampshire see Sen. Warren as an accurate reflection of their party isn’t that surprising given the fact that she’s from the neighboring state of Massachusetts,” says Shawn McCoy, a former GOP campaign strategist who serves as publisher for NH Journal. “But the fact that Hillary Clinton, an icon of the party for 30 years, trails a progressive activist newcomer like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is astonishing.”

Benny

Run Hillary Run! /s

jcitybone

LOL. We have no problem with getting along with Republicans, but we do have problems with going along with their priorities like cutting social security.

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-ne-joe-biden-presidential-questions-broward-20190128-story.html

Joe Biden didn’t answer the big question about 2020 Monday night, but he whetted supporters’ appetites, leaving many hungry for a presidential candidacy.

The former vice president, who sounded as if he’d relish a chance to change the nation’s course, said a decision would come soon.

“I’m running the traps on this. I don’t want to make this a fool’s errand, and we’re a lot closer than I was before Christmas, and we’ll make the decision soon,” he told an audience of about 2,000 at the Broward Center for Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, prompting a round of applause.

The former vice president mourned the loss of civility, in politics and in society at large. He said his reputation for getting along well with Republicans — something that some progressive activists don’t like — stems from what he learned when he arrived in the Senate in 1973.

Biden was nostalgic about the era before the early 1990s, when politics was less confrontational — a time when people of vastly different philosophies could argue on the Senate floor, then eat lunch together. The familiarity, he said, created an ability to compromise and get things done, something missing in recent decades.

jcitybone

If you want to read a good book about the opioid epidemic and its connection to the heroin problem read: “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” by Sam Quinones

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/28/health/purdue-pharma-sackler-family-opioid-crisis/index.html

A court ruling Monday in Massachusetts will expose details about one of America’s richest families and their connection to the nation’s opioid crisis.

The Sacklers and members of their company Purdue Pharma have been named in a lawsuit that accuses them of profiting from the opioid crisis by aggressively marketing OxyContin, claims denied by attorneys for the family and Purdue.

The suit had been heavily redacted, but on Monday, Suffolk County Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders ruled that the unredacted amended complaint must be publicly released by February 1.

In the order, Sanders calls the defense’s protests “hardly compelling” enough to keep the information secret, adding that it is not intensely personal or private.

The redacted pages “appear to be discussions of tactics that could be used to promote the sales of OxyContin (particularly in higher doses), to encourage doctors to prescribe the drug over longer periods of time, and to circumvent safeguards put in place to stop illegal prescriptions,” Sanders says in the court filing.

“For many years, Purdue, its executives, and members of the Sackler family have tried to shift the blame and hide their role in creating the opioid epidemic. We are grateful to the court for lifting the impoundment on our complaint so that the public and families so deeply impacted by this crisis can see the allegations of the misconduct that has harmed so many,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement to CNN on Monday.

orlbucfan

Read and highly recommend this book.

jcitybone

Any Dem would beat Trump with awful numbers like this

wi61

28% that would vote for him, thats about the break down of the die hard R no matter what voter

jcitybone

Well he’s better than McCaskill

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Appropriately faint praise indeed!

Benny

wi61

Trumpcorp confirms he knows jackshit about climate change with that tweet. but then again that covers most of his cabinet as well.

Benny

jcitybone

Has he heard of Sweden etc.? Oligarchs will be oligarchs.

jcitybone

https://theweek.com/articles/820213/how-trumps-shutdown-inadvertently-revealed-power-strikes

One of the great paradoxes of American society is that people we don’t usually think of as having leverage actually do — if they mobilize as a group to use it. Air traffic controllers and flight attendants are two of the most obvious groups. But this also includes police and firefighters, restaurant staff, taxi and Uber drivers, teachers, garbage workers, shipping workers, manufacturing workers, and more. They are all overwhelmingly middle-to-lower class, and can be found across public and private employment. Whether they’re paid well or treated decently by their employers are questions that rarely trouble elites, policymakers, or U.S. politics in general. The continuance of their labor is taken for granted precisely because it’s critical for the daily rhythms of American society and commerce. That they might all say “screw it” and walk off the job en masse is considered unthinkable, precisely because it would stop the entire American economy.

This coercion rarely becomes clear in the U.S. economy. It’s largely carried out through property rights: work or you and your family will starve, or go without medicine or health care. A lot can be squeezed out of a workforce this way. But Friday’s brief air travel collapse was a reminder that even desperate people can be pushed too far.

This is why the labor movement battles of the early 1900s were so massive, violent, and bloody. America scarcely has any cultural memory of that time anymore. But that was when Americans pushed to the brink by unfair working conditions and wages first realized how much they could accomplish if they went on strike.

On Friday, working Americans were briefly reminded of the power of walking away.

jcitybone

Here’s one candidate we haven’t discussed.

From his campaign site: “Coming from the private sector, I also know that the only way to get things done in Washington is to put aside partisan rhetoric and find common ground. I was consistently recognized as one of the most bipartisan members of the House of Representatives. And in 2017, my commitment to finding common ground and focusing on smart solutions helped me earn a spot on Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.”

He was a member of the New Dems.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/29/john-delaney-2020-iowa-1134060

Former Maryland congressman and presidential candidate John Delaney earned endorsements from three Democratic Party county chairs in Iowa, according to his campaign.

“Our country needs a unifier rather than a divider,” Crum said in a statement provided by the campaign. “Congressman Delaney is running on a message of honesty and integrity in an effort to restore civility to not only the White House but the overall political discourse of our nation.”

Delaney’s campaign also said they would be opening two more offices in Iowa in the coming weeks, bringing his total in the state to six. A multi-millionaire who was one of the wealthiest members of Congress, Delaney has the ability to stay in the race through the early primary states, potentially disrupting the plans of other candidates. He has already lent his campaign $3.5 million, according to the FEC.

Benny

He hired a former Edwards staffer in Iowa.

orlbucfan

Ugh! Plenty of red flags in that description.

humphrey

humphrey
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humphrey

This is quite depressing!

humphrey

This is not!

polarbear4

https://twitter.com/DanMKervick/status/1090360528596336640?s=20

Maybe it’s my phone. Some days every time I return to the tab it reloads the whole thing and I have to login again.

It’s all good though.

polarbear4

Anyway, interesting take above.

jcitybone

Not sure about that take, but what the heck

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Schultz cannot hang in there that long.
I don’t care how many bazillions he has amassed. Making a cup of coffee isn’t rocket science.

polarbear4

If they do it again, I don’t know. wth.

polarbear4

What he means is, the peons haven’t been this loud for a long time.

Benny

Bill Burton must be a personal friend.

polarbear4

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Keeping people like Bernie sanders from having significant power is Job #1.

orlbucfan

Their loyalty is to $$money$$.

jcitybone

https://www.theroot.com/exclusive-clemson-s-black-players-refused-to-accept-do-1832135329

When Filet-O-Fish aficionado Donald Trump invited the Clemson Tigers to enjoy the White House’s first Presidential Value Meal, most of Clemson’s national championship football team members jumped at the opportunity to meet the original cheeseburger-swallowing clown. But The Root has learned that Clemson’s black players, some specifically citing racism and their disdain for Trump’s divisive politics, passed on the opportunity to hang out with the real-life Mayor McCheese.

The Root spoke with three black Clemson players who each separately confirmed that many players, both black and white, had no interest in making the trip. All three acknowledged that Donald Trump was the reason they chose not to attend. Even more telling, most of Clemson’s white players were in attendance while nearly three-fourths of the school’s black football players took a hard pass on the chance to eat cold fries with the president of people who eat salads from McDonald’s.

“It wasn’t like we had a team meeting or anything,” said one of Clemson’s offensive stars who spoke with The Root on the condition of anonymity. “Players were talking amongst each other but everybody was like: ‘I’m not going to that.’”

Another defensive standout noted that coaches didn’t pressure players to accompany the team to Washington, D.C., but said that almost every black player he knew didn’t want to take the trip. However, he noted that he knew that some players only attended because they worried that refusing to attend the traditional White House visit might affect their scholarships or playing time.

“Not saying anything against the players who went,” the junior explained, “but if you look at who went—freshman and people fighting for playing time—you’ll see what I’m talking about.”

polarbear4

polarbear4

It took me two clicks to get the image because it is “sensitive.” In what world is a huge protest like this “sensitive”?

jcitybone

Not ready for prime time

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/29/tulsi-gabbard-2020-election-1134055

Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign hasn’t officially launched yet but it’s already melting down.

Two-and-a-half weeks after she told CNN she had decided to run for the White House—an announcement that even her own staff didn’t know was coming, after weeks of debating the timing of the rollout—the 37-year-old congresswoman has struggled to contain the chaos.

Campaign manager Rania Batrice and Gabbard’s consulting firm Revolution Messaging are set to depart after this weekend’s official kickoff in Hawaii, two sources familiar with the situation told POLITICO. Gabbard is leaning on her sister, Vrindavan, to fill the void.

Three people familiar with the presidential bid over the past few months describe a candidate at the helm who managed to be both indecisive and impulsive. Just announcing her candidacy became a mini-saga that exhausted and bewildered people involved.

The conflicts have robbed Gabbard’s long-shot campaign of any early momentum. Though she was one of the few members of Congress to back Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, that endorsement has bought Gabbard little goodwill among Sanders supporters in Hawaii, said Tim Vandeveer, a former state party chairman who backed Sanders in 2016.

“I think that proximity doesn’t translate to support,” Vandeveer said. “I have yet to talk to a single Bernie Sanders supporter … who is supporting Tulsi over Bernie.”

polarbear4

I wonder why she thought Bernie supporters would switch to her. I know many would like to see her as VP. I’m all in for Nina, and my second pick is probably Warren although I’d certainly be happy to vote for Tulsi as VP.

This article doesn’t instill confidence, but it is politico, after all.

polarbear4

polarbear4
polarbear4

Phew!

Benny

I expect Kamala to catch up within 3 months.

wi61

How the hell does Trumpcorp have 73M followers? That’s down right scary.

jcitybone

Not all his followers are actually real people

phatkhat

No doubt many are following him to mock him, as well.

Benny

polarbear4

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/29/us/politics/kamala-harris-black-voters.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

As Senator Kamala Harris attempts her own version of former President Barack Obama’s historic rise from first-term senator to the White House, one of her political tests will be trying to secure the overwhelming support from black voters that buoyed Mr. Obama in 2008. Ms. Harris wants that support, but it does not come automatically.

In many ways, she is well positioned: Ms. Harris is the most high-profile and politically connected black woman ever to run for president, and she can also draw on her powerful alumni networks from Howard University, one of the most prominent historically black colleges, and Alpha Kappa Alpha, the oldest black sorority.

Yet interviews with more than 30 black voters and political leaders in early primary states like South Carolina and her home state, California, show that Ms. Harris faces challenges. She will have to persuade black activists skeptical of her record as a prosecutor; overcome sexism and a bias on the part of some voters that a female candidate cannot beat President Trump; and work to gain broader support from black men, who generally expressed more wariness about Ms. Harris in interviews than black women.

She would also need to win over left-leaning young black voters, some of whom were ultimately disenchanted by Mr. Obama’s presidency and may value political ideology more than racial solidarity.

polarbear4

polarbear4

Obama made sure that this time, many of us are looking at records, not words.

polarbear4

jcitybone

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/your-complete-guide-to-the-n-y-times-support-of-u-s-backed-coups-in-latin-america/

On Friday, The New York Times continued its long, predictable tradition of backing U.S. coups in Latin America by publishing an editorial praising Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This will be the 10th such coup the paper has backed since the creation of the CIA over 70 years ago.

A survey of The New York Times archives shows the Times editorial board has supported 10 out of 12 American-backed coups in Latin America, with two editorials—those involving the 1983 Grenada invasion and the 2009 Honduras coup—ranging from ambiguous to reluctant opposition.

polarbear4

And I used to think so highly of the NYT.

polarbear4

polarbear4

A factor of eight!

polarbear4

polarbear4

That didn’t take long.

polarbear4

jcitybone

She got lots of blowback from other Dems, including Durbin, Kaine, Feinstein, and Peters. But not from Bernie! No comment yet from Warren, Booker, or Gillibrand who cosponsored Bernie’s M4A

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/29/politics/kamala-harris-medicare-for-all-divides-democrats/index.html

On Tuesday, Sanders, an independent senator who caucuses with Democrats and is considering another run for the presidency, told CNN that he was “delighted” Harris signed onto his bill. He also set up a series of rhetorical questions and answers describing why he supports a plan that would address the over 27 million Americans who are uninsured, as well as the many more he considers under-insured.

“Do I believe that every American should have health care as a right?” asked Sanders. “I absolutely do.”

“Do I believe that we have the most wasteful, expensive, and dysfunctional health care system of any major country on Earth?” he continued. “Yes, I do. Do I believe that we’re spending almost twice as much per capita as any other country? Yes, I do. Do I believe that the function of insurance companies is to make as much money as they can at the expense of the American people? Yes, I do. Do I believe that the current Medicare system is a good system? I do. Do I believe it should be expanded to cover all Americans? Yes, I do.”

polarbear4

Oh neitherB oh neither Bern has the backup.

bernin
bernin

Ugh!! Looks like their lesson from 2016 is to not say “it will never ever happen” — but say “I ‘support’ it and whatever other proposal”.

https://twitter.com/_waleedshahid/status/1090446274762063872

This right here is why Bernie is the one person I trust, to not just say words to get elected, but be 100% committed to fight like to hell for these things, like he has done his entire life.

jcitybone

Now this putz is comparing the progressive platform with Trump’s lies about Mexico paying for the wall.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/29/politics/howard-schultz-medicare-for-all-cnntv/index.html

“Why do you think Medicare-for-all, in your words, is not American?” CNN’s Poppy Harlow asked Schultz on Tuesday.

“It’s not that it’s not American,” Schultz said. “It’s unaffordable.”

“What I believe is that every American has the right to affordable health care as a statement,” Schultz said, lauding the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, as “the right thing to do.”

He added, “But now that we look back on it, the premiums have skyrocketed and we need to go back to the Affordable Care Act, refine it and fix it.”

He argued that the Democratic progressive platform of providing Medicare, free college education and jobs for everyone is costly and as “false as President Trump telling the American people when he was running for president that the Mexicans were going to pay for the wall.”

polarbear4

He’s on a roll.

polarbear4
polarbear4

“ always been open to an incremental approach “

And therrrre you go.

polarbear4

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