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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 05:08 PM

Sanders unveils single-payer bill to cheers from supporters

Source: The Hill




BY JESSIE HELLMANN AND RACHEL ROUBEIN - 09/13/17 02:35 PM EDT

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled his single-payer health-care plan on Wednesday to cheers and a brief “Medicare for all” chant from supporters. Nine Senate Democrats joined Sanders for the unveiling, with two possible presidential candidates, Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), getting into the camera shot.

“The American people want to know what we’re going to do to fix a dysfunctional health-care system, which costs us twice as much” per person as any other country, Sanders said at the opening of the press conference, casting aside speculation by the media about what the bill might mean politically for Democrats.

At the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fired at the Democratic proposal, calling it a “horrible” idea that would put government further in charge of Americans’ health care. She also belittled Sanders, saying that if his ideas were as popular as he thought, he would have won last year’s Democratic primary and been elected president.

Sanders has seen support for his proposal grow. In 2013, a similar bill garnered no co-sponsors. Sanders already has 16 fellow senators on his bill this time, though centrists and party leaders have shied away from direct endorsements.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/350501-sanders-unveils-single-payer-bill-to-cheers-from-supporters

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Reply Sanders unveils single-payer bill to cheers from supporters (Original post)
DonViejo Sep 13 OP
AtheistCrusader Sep 13 #1
ananda Sep 13 #2
Not Ruth Sep 13 #3
mentalslavery Sep 13 #4
Plucketeer Sep 13 #5
Sienna86 Sep 13 #6
tiredtoo Sep 13 #7
Equinox Moon Sep 13 #8
George II Sep 13 #10
Equinox Moon Sep 14 #11
yurbud Sep 15 #16
TomCADem Sep 13 #9
QC Sep 14 #12
Demsrule86 Sep 15 #13
R B Garr Sep 15 #14
harun Sep 15 #15

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 05:13 PM

1. At the very least this could tie Trump up in opposition to it.

It'll be interesting.

As a 'republican', his party line is opposition because HURF DURF SOCIALISM but as a business/employer, Trump has significant personal interests in getting worker health care off his books...

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 05:14 PM

2. Big shout out from this supporter too!

Hooray Sanders!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 05:27 PM

3. It's happening!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 05:42 PM

4. feel the bern nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:50 PM

5. AMAZING!

So much enthusiasm for a poor guy that can't seem to find a (D) for himself. Of course, there's still a lot of Ins. Co money waiting to pour into the campaigns of the reluctant. Health care for ALL of US...... Really a tough choice when weighed against keeping your seat on the hill!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:57 PM

6. Great to see the momentum.

We have to keep trying because it's the right thing to do.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 07:59 PM

7. We have to keep trying

Call your senators if they are not on the list of supporters.
I called Debbie Stabenaw this morning and then this afternoon she puts out a statement telling us why she is not supporting this bill.
She is following the establishment line and playing it safe. Hillary followed the same line in the last election. She lost the primary in Michigan to Bernie and the general to trump.
I hate to think of Michigan having a senator called Kid Rock.



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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:00 PM

8. Good work Bernie!

I heard on the radio today that 60% of House Dems are in support of single payer. 117 signed onto a bill. The tides are changing!

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Response to Equinox Moon (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 11:26 PM

10. Unfortunately 60% of 45% is less than 30%, we need more support....

....what might garner more support would be a realistic way to pay for the proposed plan.

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Response to George II (Reply #10)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 08:01 PM

11. All steps in the right direction.

This will take our nation time with this. The dialog is open. All good!

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Response to George II (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:20 PM

16. However we pay for it, we will save a hell of a lot of money that goes to insurance profits and

CEO salaries now.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 11:16 PM

9. Yet, Bernie Could Not Even Muster Support for Single Payer in Vermont...

...Bernie is great as drawing attention to himself by trashing everyone else as not being as virtuous as he is, but let us see whether he can actually get some traction on this. My take is that he is going to Donald Trump and start throwing Democrats under the bus, and blaming everyone else if this effort starts to falter.

If Bernie actually joined the party, I might take him more seriously as a person who is willing to be part of a broader movement, rather than an opportunist who likes to trash Democrats from the left the same way Ted Cruz has made a name for himself by trying to out-extreme everyone on the right.

Before we get on this ride again, at least insist that Bernie join the party. Otherwise, it is just a matter of time before...

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Response to TomCADem (Reply #9)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 08:37 PM

12. ...

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Response to QC (Reply #12)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 08:18 AM

13. Hey the election is over...but if this bill screws up our shot at taking back Congress

and causes the demise of the ACA due to gross neglect...well that is a different story...the GOP are already running attack ads and have called for a CBO score. And some of the funding mechanisms are directed at workplace insurance...not a good idea...ask Hillary about Hillarycare.

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Response to TomCADem (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 01:52 PM

14. +1,000,000

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 01:53 PM

15. Bern baby Bern!

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