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Bernie Sanders Says ‘Barbaric’ Trumpcare Will Lead To Thousands Of American Deaths

Bernie Sanders Says ‘Barbaric’ Trumpcare Will Lead To Thousands Of American Deaths

The Vermont senator said, “Many thousands of our fellow Americans every single year will die, and many more will suffer and become much sicker than they should” because of Trumpcare.


Bernie Sanders Says ‘Barbaric’ Trumpcare Will Lead To Thousands Of American Deaths

Participating in the Senate Democrats’ protest of the GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and kick more than 20 million Americans off their health insurance, Sen. Bernie Sanders stormed the Senate floor and blasted Trumpcare as “barbaric and immoral.”

Sanders didn’t mince words:

I know this is a very sensitive issue, but I’m going to raise it, and that is that the horrible and unspeakable truth is that if this legislation were to pass … many thousands of our fellow Americans every single year will die, and many more will suffer and become much sicker than they should.

The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate said that the latest Republican plan “is not worthy of a great nation” and it “should not see the light of day.”

Sanders’s comments come as Democrats hold another evening of Senate floor speeches protesting the GOP effort to pass Trumpcare. Republicans are hoping to pass the deeply unpopular and dangerous legislation before the members of the Senate leave town for the July 4th recess.

It also comes hours after the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the latest Senate health bill, finding that 22 million of Americans would lose their insurance under the plan – not to mention nearly $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid and thousands who will lose essential health benefits.

Of the CBO score, Sanders said that it “gives us 22 million reasons” why it should get blocked in Congress.

Some senators, led by Cory Booker, also took their protest outside the walls of the Senate and onto the steps of the Capitol, where they took turns explaining why the legislation is bad for the country.

Luckily, the legislation appears to be on the verge of collapse as at least two Republican senators – Rand Paul and Susan Collins – are firm “no” votes while a handful of others – Dean Heller, Lisa Murkowski, Ron Johnson, among others – have signaled that they could oppose the legislation, too.

While these senators are smart to consider opposing legislation that will hurt millions of Americans and is deeply unpopular, it is unlikely to brighten their political fortunes.

When all is said and done, Republicans all across the country own this effort to take health insurance coverage away from millions of Americans, and they are likely to pay a significant price in next year’s midterm elections.

Bernie Sanders Schools Chuck Todd And Debunks The GOP’s Democratic Obstruction Lie

Bernie Sanders Schools Chuck Todd And Debunks The GOP’s Democratic Obstruction Lie

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) knocked down a Chuck Todd question and schooled the Meet The Press host after he implied that Democrats were obstructing Trump and refusing to negotiate on healthcare.

Bernie Sanders Schools Chuck Todd And Debunks The GOP’s Democratic Obstruction Lie

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) knocked down a Chuck Todd question and schooled the Meet The Press host after he implied that Democrats were obstructing Trump and refusing to negotiate on healthcare.

Chuck Todd asked Sanders if Democrats would be willing to come to the table and negotiate if Mitch McConnell dropped trying to pass the health care bill through reconciliation.

Sen. Sanders answered, “Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. Please don’t say come to the table. What the Republicans have done, and that’s what Sen. Johnson just said, and he’s right. We are talking about one-sixth of the American economy when we talk about health care. We are talking about an issue that impacts 320 Americans, every single person. There has not been one public hearing. The insurance companies have not come forward. The American Medical Association has not come forward. There has been zero debate. All of this has been done behind closed doors, so please don’t say oh, you know, the Democrats didn’t come to the table. The Democrats were not invited.”

Todd said that he understood what Sanders was saying and clarified his question and made it about Republicans wanting to have a legislative process for the bill.

What Sen. Sanders did was catch Chuck Todd, intentionally or not, using a talking point of Trump and the Republicans as the basis for his question. The reason why Trump calls the Democrats obstructionists every day is that through repetition, his point eventually makes it into mainstream media questioning and thought.

Chuck Todd may not have thought he was leading with a Trump talking point, but he was. This is why Democrats, and those who caucus with the Democrats like Independents Bernie Sanders and Angus King, must be vigilant and carefully listen to how questions are asked.

Bernie Sanders took apart the Democratic obstruction lie, but Trump is going to keep saying it, and more reporters will be susceptible to the repeated messaging.

Democrats have to stay on their toes, and anytime a Trump lie makes it way into a question, they must be prepared to knock it down.

Bernie Sanders’ Wife Jane Under DoJ Investigation for Financial Fraud
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Vermont Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ wife, Jane, is the subject of a Department of Justice probe into whether she used her husband’s office to secure funding for a college where she once was president.

Sanders has lawyered up under accusations of corruption. According to the accusations, she obtained bank loans for Burlington College, a now-defunct liberal arts college with approximately 200 undergraduates that she served as president of from 2004 to 2011. One of the tenets of the loans was that Burlington had to provide evidence of at least $2 million in donations as collateral.

The three largest donors claimed by Burlington – including one who allegedly donated $1 million – would later claim the school misrepresented the size of their donations.

Burlington fell into severe financial difficulties under Jane Sanders’ leadership. Enrollment fell and donations dropped. During 2010, Sanders purchased 33 acres of property to expand the college. To raise money for this expansion, she took out the loan in question, but the expansion that it paid for failed to increase enrollment. In 2011, Sanders stepped down from her position as president. In 2014, the school was placed under probation, and in 2016 it closed for good.

To defend herself, Sanders has hired two well-known lawyers: Rich Cassidy and Larry Robbins. Robbins in particular is famous in DC for defending high-profile figures like Scooter Libby, an advisor to former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was indicted for lying under oath and obstruction of justice in 2005. Libby also defended Representative Bill Jefferson (D-LA), who in 2009 was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison after being found guilty of accepting bribes.

The Trump administration has yet to announce the federal attorney that will be prosecuting the case.

In May 2017, Brady Toensing, who chaired President Donald Trump’s campaign in the state of Vermont, sent a letter to the FBI which alleged that Sanders used her political capital to falsely acquire the loans. The letter, released online, claimed that Sanders had “successfully and intentionally engaged in a fraudulent scheme to actively conceal and misrepresent material facts from a federal financial institution.”

Kyle Midura of Burlington TV station WCAX asked Jane’s husband, then-candidate Bernie, if his wife had committed fraud or not. After several attempts to avoid the question, Sanders answered. “It would be improp – this implication came from Donald Trump’s campaign manager in Vermont. Let me leave it at that, because it would be improper at this point for me to say anything more.”

Midura then asked Sanders if the charge was nonsense. “Yes,” Bernie responded. “It is nonsense. But now that there is a process going on, which was initiated by Trump’s campaign manager, somebody who does this all of the time, has gone after a number of Democrats and progressives in this state – it would be improper at this point for me to add any more to that.

VTDigger, an online outlet, broke the news that the FBI was reviewing Burlington College records, subpoenaing a former employee of the college in November 2016.

“[Sanders’ lawyers] wanted information on what I had been asked by the FBI. They were trying to get clarification on what the accusations are because they had not been contacted by anybody as to an investigation,” said Coralee Holm, the former dean of operations and advancement for Burlington College to VTDigger.

Sanders: Senate ObamaCare bill ‘worse than expected’

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Sanders: Senate ObamaCare bill ‘worse than expected’

Sanders: Senate ObamaCare bill 'worse than expected'

Sen. Bernie Sanders(I-Vt.) on Thursday slammed the plan put forth by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace ObamaCare, saying the legislation “is even worse” than he imagined.

“The bill Republicans announced today is even worse than expected and by far the most harmful piece of legislation I have seen in my lifetime,” Sanders said in a statement.

“This bill has nothing to do with health care. It has everything to do with an enormous transfer of wealth from working people to the richest Americans.”

The Senate GOP on Thursday unveiled the long-awaited legislation, which includes Medicaid cuts and repeals billions of dollars of ObamaCare taxes. It also defunds Planned Parenthood for one year.

Sanders in his statement called for Americans to unite against the “disastrous bill.”

“Our job now is to rally millions of Americans against this disastrous bill to make sure that it does not pass the Senate,” he said. “Instead of throwing tens of millions of Americans off of health insurance, we must guarantee health care as a right to every American.”

Bernie Sanders Drafts An Army Of Millions Of Americans To Fight The Senate Healthcare Bill

Bernie Sanders Drafts An Army Of Millions Of Americans To Fight The Senate Healthcare Bill

Bernie Sanders Drafts An Army Of Millions Of Americans To Fight The Senate Healthcare Bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is using his Senate leadership position as head of Democratic outreach to call on millions of Americans to come together to fight against the Senate health care bill.


Bernie Sanders Drafts An Army Of Millions Of Americans To Fight The Senate Healthcare Bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is using his Senate leadership position as head of Democratic outreach to call on millions of Americans to come together to fight against the Senate health care bill.

In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Sen. Sanders said:

For weeks, Republicans have been drafting their ‘health care’ bill in secret, refusing to hold hearings or public debate. Now we know why. The bill Republicans announced today is even worse than expected and by far the most harmful piece of legislation I have seen in my lifetime. This bill has nothing to do with health care. It has everything to do with an enormous transfer of wealth from working people to the richest Americans.

Republicans want to throw millions of Americans off of health insurance – including thousands of Vermonters – slash Medicaid, defund Planned Parenthood and substantially increase premiums on older Americans. Meanwhile, their bill would provide over $200 billion in tax breaks to the top 2 percent and hundreds of billions more to the big drug and insurance companies that are ripping off the American people.

Our job now is to rally millions of Americans against this disastrous bill to make sure that it does not pass the Senate. Instead of throwing tens of millions of Americans off of health insurance, we must guarantee health care as a right to every American.

Bernie Sanders was put on the Senate leadership team to mobilize millions of Americans for situations just like this.

Sen. Sanders was correct. The American people must come together right now, and in one loud collective voice tell Senate Republicans no on this health care bill. If Senate Republicans choose to defy the will of the people, they must be made to understand that they will pay with their seats.

A vote for this healthcare bill is a vote for a Democratic Senate majority.

Sen. Sanders has issued the call, and it is time for every American to stand up and save healthcare as a basic right.

Bernie Sanders Storms Senate Floor To Rip Trumpcare To Shreds: GOP ‘Should Be Embarrassed’

Bernie Sanders Storms Senate Floor To Rip Trumpcare To Shreds: GOP ‘Should Be Embarrassed’

“We have not had one hearing, not one open discussion. And I should think that every Republican should be embarrassed by this, and I know that many of them are embarrassed by it.”


Bernie Sanders Storms Senate Floor To Rip Trumpcare To Shreds: GOP ‘Should Be Embarrassed’

Sen. Bernie Sanders stormed the Senate floor on Monday to slam the secret Republican effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, saying to Republicans, “What are you afraid of?”

The Vermont senator slammed the GOP plan for its content, its secrecy, and the fact that there have been zero committee hearings on the legislation – unprecedented for a bill of this magnitude.

Sanders said:

It should tell every American, whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, whether you’re conservative or progressive. It should tell you something that major, major legislation is being written at this moment, and most Republicans don’t have a clue as to what’s in that legislation, let alone Democrats, let alone the average American. So I say to the Republican leadership, what are you afraid of? Bring that bill out. … We have not had one hearing to ask members of the administration, people throughout this country what the impact of this legislation will be on the children, on the elderly, on working families, on those who have chronic diseases, on ordinary Americans. What impact will this legislation have on the lives of 300+ million people? We have not had one hearing, not one open discussion. And I should think that every Republican should be embarrassed by this, and I know that many of them are embarrassed by it. 

As the revved up Sanders alluded to in his floor speech, Republicans are terrified of being transparent about this legislation because they know the American people will reject it.

There is much about Trumpcare that we don’t know, but what we do know is troubling: Millions of Americans will lose their health insurance, those who keep their insurance will pay more and have less assistance affording it, Medicaid will face drastic cuts, and essential benefits will be gutted.

And not only have the Republicans been crafting this massive piece of legislation in total secrecy, but the uncertainty surrounding their efforts have wreaked havoc on the health care system already in place.

As I wrote a short time ago, an insurer in the swing state of Iowa just announced that – because of efforts by Trump and Republicans to undercut the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare premiums will skyrocket next year by over 40 percent.

Whether it’s the process used by Republicans to ram their disastrous Obamacare repeal through Congress or the way they have undercut the current health care system, Democrats are right to hold their feet to the fire.

Donald Trump and Republicans now own health care, and they ae likely to pay a severe price for it going into the 2018 midterm elections.

Bernie Sanders Joins Democrats In Calling For Senate Shutdown To Stop Secret Health Care Bill

Bernie Sanders Joins Democrats In Calling For Senate Shutdown To Stop Secret Health Care Bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is supporting Democrats who are calling for the Senate to be shut down to stop the Republicans from keeping their health care bill a secret.


Bernie Sanders Joins Democrats In Calling For Senate Shutdown To Stop Secret Health Care Bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is supporting Democrats who are calling for the Senate to be shut down to stop the Republicans from keeping their health care bill a secret.
Transcript via CBS’s Face The Nation:

DICKERSON: Let me move here now to health care. You mentioned some of the policy differences. But there is a procedural debate going on about how this is being handled in the Senate. Some Democrats are suggesting because the- because you don’t know what’s in the bill and the bill’s being worked on in secret to just stop all Senate business, to just shut the place down as a way to kind of force play. Are you onboard with that?

SANDERS: John, here is the situation. We know the legislation that passed the House. It was the worst piece of legislation frankly against working class people that I can remember in my political life in the Congress. Throwing 23 million people off of health insurance is beyond belief. Now, in the Senate what you have is you have I believe it is 10 Republicans working behind closed doors to address 1/6th of the American economy. That’s what health care is. Republicans. The average Republican doesn’t even know what’s in that legislation. My understanding is that it will be brought forth just immediately before we have to vote on it. This is completely unacceptable. I mean, nobody can defend a process which will impact tens of millions of Americans, and nobody even knows what’s in the legislation. And, John, the important point here is the reason they don’t want to bring it public is that it is a disastrous bill. I suspect similar to what passed in the House. Who is going to defend cutting Medicaid by $800 billion at the same time as you give massive tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent? So they want to keep it secret. They don’t want the media involved. They don’t want members of Congress involved. And in the last minute, they present it. They push it through. And that is 1/6th of the American economy and millions of people thrown off of health insurance. That is unacceptable. I believe Democrats should do everything they can to oppose that legislation in any way that we can.

The reason why Democrats should shut the Senate down is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants a vote on the bill before the Senate’s Fourth of July recess. There is no way that McConnell will make his deadline if Democrats shut down the Senate. The Senate should not be open for business until the bill is made public and an open hearing is held on the legislation.

Democracy doesn’t work in secret, and Democrats should shut down the Senate until Republicans are ready to govern democratically.