Tag Archives: Bernie Sanders

Sanders Unveils Medicare For All Bill Co-Sponsored By Harris

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans would get health coverage simply by showing a new government-issued card and would no longer owe out-of-pocket expenses like deductibles, according to legislation Sen. Bernie Sanders released Wednesday. But the Vermont independent’s description of the legislation omitted specifics about how much it would cost and final decisions about how he would pay for it. Sanders was releasing his bill on the same day Republican senators were rolling out details of a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care law. In an interview, Sanders said Tuesday that his measure would likely be paid for in a “progressive way.” Aides said it would likely be financed by income-adjusted premiums people would pay the government, ranging from no premiums for the poorest Americans to high levies on the rich and corporations. The measure has no chance of becoming law with President Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling Congress. But it embodies a push to universal coverage that eluded Obama’s 2010 law and is a tenet of the Democratic Party’s liberal, activist base. “I think in a democracy, we should be doing what the American people want,” Sanders said, citing polls showing growing support for the concept. His bill would expand Medicare, the health insurance program for the elderly, to cover all Americans. It would be phased in over four years, and people and businesses would no longer owe premiums to insurers. The progressive wing of the Democratic Party backs the bill, which would make health care less expensive and less complicated for many people and businesses. It would cover the 28 million Americans remaining uninsured despite Obama’s law. But some Democrats fear Sanders is exposing them to a lose-lose choice. Don’t support Sanders’ plan and Democrats risk alienating the party’s liberal, activist voters, volunteers and contributors. Back it and they’ll be accused by Republicans of backing a huge tax increase and government-run health care, and taking away employer-provided coverage for half the country that many people like. At least 12 other Senate Democrats signed onto Sanders’ bill by late Tuesday, including four potential 2020 presidential contenders besides Sanders: Kamala Harris of California, Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren, New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker of New Jersey. To cover themselves, several Democrats are introducing their own bills that expand coverage without going as far as Sanders, including possible presidential aspirants Sens. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Ohio’s Sherrod Brown. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections next year in GOP-leaning states say they want to focus on strengthening Obama’s existing law, including Montana’s Jon Tester and Missouri’s Claire McCaskill. “We welcome the Democrats’ strategy of moving even further left,” said Katie Martin, spokeswoman for the Senate GOP’s campaign organization. Seven weeks after the GOP drive to uproot Obama’s 2010 health care law crashed in the Senate, two Republican senators, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy, were releasing their plan for trying again. They’ve struggled for weeks to round up sufficient support for the package. It would cut and reshape Medicaid, disperse money spent under Obama’s law directly to states and erase Obama’s penalties on people who don’t purchase coverage. No. 3 Senate GOP leader John Thune of South Dakota said Graham and Cassidy would need “a double-double bank shot” to prevail, a joking reference to an impossible basketball shot. Like the failed Senate GOP repeal effort in July, the Graham-Cassidy push will get zero Democratic support. That means Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will need 50 of the 52 Republican senators, a margin he couldn’t reach in July and is struggling to reach now. Despite badgering by Trump that he keep trying, McConnell has expressed no interest in staging yet another vote that produces an embarrassing rejection by the GOP-controlled Senate. Conservatives are wary because the bill falls short in erasing Obama’s wide-ranging coverage requirements. “I don’t think this bill will go anywhere,” said Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. A third effort, a bipartisan attempt to shore up individual insurance markets around the country, is showing early signs that the sides are having problems reaching agreement. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., hope to reach a deal on continuing for at least a year the federal payments to insurers that Trump has threatened to halt. Republicans are also insisting on easing the Obama law’s coverage requirements, which Democrats don’t want to do. Alexander said Tuesday that Republicans want “real state flexibility” to let insurers offer “a larger variety of benefits and payment rules.” Murray said she worried the GOP wants to “wind up increasing out-of-pocket costs for patients and families.” That’s something Democrats oppose. McConnell said the Alexander-Murray talks “are underway and we’ll see where they go.” © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sanders Bill Expands Medicare For All, Lacks Details On Cost

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans would get health coverage simply by showing a new government-issued card and would no longer owe out-of-pocket expenses like deductibles, according to legislation Sen. Bernie Sanders released Wednesday. But the Vermont independent’s description of the legislation omitted specifics about how much it would cost and final decisions about how he would pay for it. Sanders was releasing his bill on the same day Republican senators were rolling out details of a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care law. In an interview, Sanders said Tuesday that his measure would likely be paid for in a “progressive way.” Aides said it would likely be financed by income-adjusted premiums people would pay the government, ranging from no premiums for the poorest Americans to high levies on the rich and corporations. The measure has no chance of becoming law with President Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling Congress. But it embodies a push to universal coverage that eluded Obama’s 2010 law and is a tenet of the Democratic Party’s liberal, activist base. “I think in a democracy, we should be doing what the American people want,” Sanders said, citing polls showing growing support for the concept. His bill would expand Medicare, the health insurance program for the elderly, to cover all Americans. It would be phased in over four years, and people and businesses would no longer owe premiums to insurers. The progressive wing of the Democratic Party backs the bill, which would make health care less expensive and less complicated for many people and businesses. It would cover the 28 million Americans remaining uninsured despite Obama’s law. But some Democrats fear Sanders is exposing them to a lose-lose choice. Don’t support Sanders’ plan and Democrats risk alienating the party’s liberal, activist voters, volunteers and contributors. Back it and they’ll be accused by Republicans of backing a huge tax increase and government-run health care, and taking away employer-provided coverage for half the country that many people like. At least 12 other Senate Democrats signed onto Sanders’ bill by late Tuesday, including four potential 2020 presidential contenders besides Sanders: Kamala Harris of California, Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren, New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker of New Jersey. To cover themselves, several Democrats are introducing their own bills that expand coverage without going as far as Sanders, including possible presidential aspirants Sens. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Ohio’s Sherrod Brown. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections next year in GOP-leaning states say they want to focus on strengthening Obama’s existing law, including Montana’s Jon Tester and Missouri’s Claire McCaskill. “We welcome the Democrats’ strategy of moving even further left,” said Katie Martin, spokeswoman for the Senate GOP’s campaign organization. Seven weeks after the GOP drive to uproot Obama’s 2010 health care law crashed in the Senate, two Republican senators, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy, were releasing their plan for trying again. They’ve struggled for weeks to round up sufficient support for the package. It would cut and reshape Medicaid, disperse money spent under Obama’s law directly to states and erase Obama’s penalties on people who don’t purchase coverage. No. 3 Senate GOP leader John Thune of South Dakota said Graham and Cassidy would need “a double-double bank shot” to prevail, a joking reference to an impossible basketball shot. Like the failed Senate GOP repeal effort in July, the Graham-Cassidy push will get zero Democratic support. That means Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will need 50 of the 52 Republican senators, a margin he couldn’t reach in July and is struggling to reach now. Despite badgering by Trump that he keep trying, McConnell has expressed no interest in staging yet another vote that produces an embarrassing rejection by the GOP-controlled Senate. Conservatives are wary because the bill falls short in erasing Obama’s wide-ranging coverage requirements. “I don’t think this bill will go anywhere,” said Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. A third effort, a bipartisan attempt to shore up individual insurance markets around the country, is showing early signs that the sides are having problems reaching agreement. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., hope to reach a deal on continuing for at least a year the federal payments to insurers that Trump has threatened to halt. Republicans are also insisting on easing the Obama law’s coverage requirements, which Democrats don’t want to do. Alexander said Tuesday that Republicans want “real state flexibility” to let insurers offer “a larger variety of benefits and payment rules.” Murray said she worried the GOP wants to “wind up increasing out-of-pocket costs for patients and families.” That’s something Democrats oppose. McConnell said the Alexander-Murray talks “are underway and we’ll see where they go.” Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

Pelosi Declines To Back Sanders’ Universal Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON (CBS / AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is declining to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders’ universal health care bill. The liberal California Democrat says that while she has long supported the idea the bill captures, of everybody getting health coverage, “Right now I’m protecting the Affordable Care Act.” She also disputes the idea that the Vermont independent’s bill has become a litmus test for Democrats, forcing them to prove their ideological purity by getting onboard. Several Senate Democrats who are seen as potential presidential candidates in 2020 have endorsed Sanders’ bill, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) was the first senator to co-sponsor the bill. Speaking at a town hall meeting in Oakland last month, Harris endorsed Sanders’ proposal, saying that “health care is a right.” Harris went on to say on her website that the legislation is the “morally and ethically right thing to do” and that it makes sense “from a fiscal standpoint.”

Sanders’ bill would in effect expand Medicare to cover all Americans, not just the elderly. Pelosi says President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act is actually more comprehensive than Medicare. TM and © Copyright 2017 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Harris Pledges To Co-Sponsor Sanders ‘Medicare For All’ Bill

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Senator Kamala Harris announced Wednesday that she would co-sponsor a bill by Senator Bernie Sanders to expand Medicare to all Americans.

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Oakland, Harris (D-California) said she is backing the “Medicare for All” bill, saying that “health care is a right.”

Asking supporters to sign a petition on her website, Harris went on to say that the legislation is the “morally and ethically right thing to do” and that it makes sense “from a fiscal standpoint.”

Sanders (I-Vermont) thanked Harris for supporting the legislation, saying “Let’s make health care a right, not a privilege.”

According to Sanders, the legislation would “create a federally administered single-payer health care program” and would allow patients to choose their own health care provider.

ALSO READ: Harris Pledges To Save DACA Program Amid Trump Threats

“Americans will benefit from the freedom and security that comes with finally separating health insurance from employment. That freedom would not only help the American people live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives, but it would also promote innovation and entrepreneurship in every sector of the economy,” said a statement on Sanders’ website.

Sanders estimated the plan would cost $1.38 trillion per year.

He claimed the plan would be “fully paid for” by a combination of premiums paid by employers and households, changes to the tax code impacting wealthier households, along with savings on health care expenditures.

Larry David Reveals How Lorne Michaels and Ari Emanuel Recruited Him to Play Bernie Sanders on ‘SNL’

Larry David’s stint playing Sen. Bernie Sanders on “Saturday Night Live” began the night of the first Democratic primary debate in 2015. The comedian and “Seinfeld” creator  spoke about his “SNL” run Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour, where he appeared to promote the upcoming ninth season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” “This Bernie... Read more »

Trump is Obama’s Legacy. Will this Break up the Democratic Party? by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Hudson, March 23, 2017 March 26, 2017 Nobody yet can tell whether Donald Trump is an agent of change with a specific policy in mind, or merely a catalyst heralding an as yet undetermined turning point. His first month in the White House saw him melting into the […]

Trump is Obama’s Legacy. Will this Break up the Democratic Party? by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Hudson, March 23, 2017 March 26, 2017 Nobody yet can tell whether Donald Trump is an agent of change with a specific policy in mind, or merely a catalyst heralding an as yet undetermined turning point. His first month in the White House saw him melting into the […]


Trump is Obama’s Legacy. Will this Break up the Democratic Party? by Michael Hudson

by Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Hudson, March 23, 2017 March 26, 2017 Nobody yet can tell whether Donald Trump is an agent of change with a specific policy in mind, or merely a catalyst heralding an as yet undetermined turning point. His first month in the White House saw him melting into the […]

March on Mississippi at Canton Nissan plant draws thousands

March on Mississippi at Canton Nissan plant draws thousands

Jackson, Miss. (WJTV) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders stood with thousands gathered at a pro-union rally near Nissan Motor Co.’s Canton plant, congratulating workers for their courage “in standing up for justice.”

Sanders told Saturday’s crowd that it’s their job to tell corporate America that “they can’t have it all” and to “start treating the working people of this country with respect and…

View On WordPress

Chris Hedges: The Dysfunctional U.S. Health Care System Can Be Fixed + Republicans Lead In Obamacare Replacement, Act Now by Margaret Flowers

Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges and Margaret Flowers RT America on Feb 18, 2017 On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses how the dysfunctional U.S.