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The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced that he will challenge every single one of the side deals that Trump and Mitch McConnell cut with Republican Senators in an effort to get them to support the healthcare bill.


The Mighty Hammer Of Bernie Sanders Socialism Is About To Crush Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Dreams

Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced that he will challenge every single one of the side deals that Trump and Mitch McConnell cut with Republican Senators in an effort to get them to support the healthcare bill.

In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, Sen. Sanders (I-VT) said, “Today, the Senate parliamentarian made a determination that at least a dozen provisions in the disastrous Trump-McConnell ‘health care’ bill are in violation of Senate rules and cannot be included in this bill without 60 votes. One of these provisions is the “Buffalo Bailout” that was inserted into this bill in order to secure the vote of a tiny-handful of Republican representatives from upstate New York. This is a very important ruling. What this ruling means is that side deals which benefit individual states will most likely be ruled in violation of Senate rules. As the ranking member of the Budget Committee, I will challenge any one of these state-specific provisions. We need legislation which improves the lives of people in all 50 states, not legislation which is geared to obtaining the vote of this or that Republican senator.”

The Democratic Socialism of Bernie Sanders and his supporters has been a powerful force in the health care debate. Sanders was promoted to Democratic Senate leadership exactly for moments like these. He has been able to take his grassroots energy and rally people to the Democratic cause.

If Sanders does challenge all of the side deals that Trump and McConnell cut, he will get them stripped from the bill, and support for the legislation should collapse. The final nail in Trumpcare’s coffin might come from Bernie Sanders, as the pretend capitalist owned by Putin is about to be handed a defeat by Democratic Socialist who has worked his way to national prominence from the grassroots of Vermont.
Bernie Sanders Personally Thanks Every American Who Stood Up And Fought Back On Healthcare

Bernie Sanders Personally Thanks Every American Who Stood Up And Fought Back On Healthcare

Bernie Sanders Personally Thanks Every American Who Stood Up And Fought Back On Healthcare

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) used an appearance on ABC’s The View to thank every American who stood up, fought back, and refused to allow Republicans to take healthcare away from 22 million Americans.

Bernie Sanders Personally Thanks Every American Who Stood Up And Fought Back On Healthcare

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) used an appearance on ABC’s The View to thank every American who stood up, fought back, and refused to allow Republicans to take healthcare away from 22 million Americans.

Sanders said, “I want to personally thank millions of Americans who stood up and fought back and said that no, we’re not going to throw 22 million people in this country off of health insurance, cut Medicaid by $800 billion, defund Planned Parenthood, make it almost impossible for people with preexisting conditions to get affordable healthcare, and the American people say we’re not going to do that and give tax breaks to billionaires and large corporations. It appears that we have won that struggle right now.”

The key words in Sanders comments were right now. Republicans and Trump aren’t going to give up on taking health care away from 22 million people. There will be another vote on a stand alone repeal bill next week. The next bill must also be defeated before the country can get the real victory of forcing Republicans to negotiate a bipartisan health care bill with Democrats that will be passed and signed into law.

Until a new bill is passed that takes Obamacare repeal off of the table, the fight must continue.

Bernie Sanders was right. None of this would be happening without the hard work of millions of Americans, but the work isn’t done, and the fight must go on.

Bernie Sanders Celebrates Trump’s Crushing Healthcare Defeat In The Senate

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) celebrated the collapse of the Republican health care bill and called it a great victory for the American people.

Bernie Sanders Celebrates Trump’s Crushing Healthcare Defeat In The Senate

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) celebrated the collapse of the Republican health care bill and called it a great victory for the American people.

In a statement provided to PoltiicusUSA, Sanders said, “I am delighted to see that the disastrous Republican health care plan will not succeed. The American people want to proceed to health care for all, not see 22 million Americans thrown off of the health care they currently have. This is a great victory for the millions of Americans who stood up and fought back against this dangerous legislation.”

Republicans have never been able to overcome the ideological divide in their caucus. The moderates have not wanted to take health care away from anyone, and far right conservatives want to take healthcare away from everyone. There is no middle ground between the two positions within the GOP caucus.

McConnell may revive the health care bill at some point, but the Senate Majority Leader was never strongly invested in repealing Obamacare. McConnell’s main focus has been passing a massive tax cut package for the wealthy, but make no mistake about it, McConnell tried every trick in the book to pass this bill. He drafted the bill in private, refused to hold committee hearings, and planned to strictly limit floor debate.

Mitch McConnell tried to ram this bill through the Senate, and he failed because the American people said no.

Sen. Sanders is correct. This victory was because people would not allow Republicans to pass their bill. The American people were relentless in their opposition, and wouldn’t quit until Republicans had no choice but to back down.
Sanders to host red state rallies opposing GOP healthcare bill
| July 6, 2017 | 8:56 am | Bernie Sanders, Health Care | No comments

Sanders to host red state rallies opposing GOP healthcare bill

Sanders to host red state rallies opposing GOP healthcare bill

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrade war starts new chapter in age of TrumpSanders to host red state rallies opposing GOP healthcare billCruz ‘not certain’ Senate will pass healthcare billMORE (I-Vt.) announced plans to host rallies in two red states this weekend as he continues his push against Senate Republican’s bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Sanders said in a press release Wednesday that he would hold “Care Not Cut” rallies in Kentucky and West Virginia this Sunday.

In his release, Sanders said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellGOP tensions rise over Cruz proposalSanders to host red state rallies opposing GOP healthcare billCruz ‘not certain’ Senate will pass healthcare billMORE (R-Ky.) would hurt his own state with his party’s healthcare plan.

“McConnell’s legislation, which would throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance, would be a disaster for the country and an even worse disaster for the people of Kentucky,” Sanders said.

“Under the Affordable Care Act, Kentucky has made significant progress in lowering the number of its uninsured people. Further, the expansion of Medicaid there has been of significant help in the fight against the opioid epidemic which has ravaged Kentucky.”

Sanders hosted similar rallies last month for a MoveOn.org bus tour. Those rallies were in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

The self-declared democratic-socialist has long pushed for more progressive healthcare options and has lately been an outspoken critic of both the House and Senate proposals to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Hoffa: Opioid Use Due to Broken System
| July 5, 2017 | 8:41 pm | Health Care, Labor, political struggle | No comments
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Hoffa: Opioid Use Due to Broken System

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, July 5, 2017

Our country’s opioid epidemic which claims the lives of 91 Americans every day is hurting far too many families in Michigan and across the country.

Opioid drugs, including prescription painkillers and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in this country in 2015, the most on record. The epidemic is straining both public services and state budgets. With a problem this big, there is no one solution that will help everyone. But elected officials and groups like the Teamsters are getting involved to help stop this scourge.

In Michigan, for example, Attorney General Bill Schuette recently proposed using some $860,000 in settlement money the state is set to receive from a national lawsuit settlement with Johnson & Johnson to fund a public health campaign on opioid addiction.

For our part, the Teamsters Union is leading a shareholder effort to demand accountability from our country’s largest wholesale drug distributors for their role in fueling the opioid epidemic. In addition to representing workers at each of the “Big Three” distributors — McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, which account for 85 percent of all prescription drug distribution in the U.S. — the union and its affiliated pension and benefit funds are long-term shareholders.

The numbers are staggering. According to news reports, the “Big Three” shipped 423 million doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone into West Virginia, a state of only 1.8 million people, over a six-year period. At the same time, more than 1,700 people in West Virginia fatally overdosed as the three companies reported a combined $17 billion in profits and their CEOs received more than $500 million in combined compensation. Part of the tragedy is that each company had been put on notice by the DEA over the past decade for failing to report suspicious orders as required by law. Together, McKesson and Cardinal Health paid more than $200 million to settle charges with the DEA over that period.

The companies’ practices of putting profits ahead of people has created both financial and reputational risk — sparking an investigation by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, multiple lawsuits and an onslaught of negative press.

As long-term shareholders of McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, the Teamsters have called for independent board committees to investigate each company’s opioid sales practices and compliance programs, and report the findings to shareholders. Additionally, the union has urged independent board leadership and executive pay reform that incentivizes compliance and empowers boards to claw back compensation when corporate mismanagement creates significant financial or reputational harm.

It goes without saying that there is much at stake right now when it comes to the nation’s health care system. Congress is considering changes to the health care law, and some have issued support for a Senate bill they claim is a kinder alternative to a House bill passed in May. But that is certainly not the case when it comes to fighting opioid addiction, where almost 3 million people whose treatment is paid by Medicaid would be left to fend for themselves.

This, of course, doesn’t even address numerous other shortcomings of the legislation, such as the outrageous 40 percent excise tax it slaps on high-quality health care plans, as well as a massive tax cut it doles out to corporations and the rich at the expense of the poor.

It’s time to come together and protect the people. Getting serious about opioid abuse and stopping the Senate’s bad health care bill is how we do it.

Bernie Sanders slams GOP health care bill, calls Trump CNN tweet ‘an outrage’

USA Today Network April McCullum, The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press Published 9:08 p.m. ET July 3, 2017 | Updated 9:10 p.m. ET July 3, 2017

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has delayed his single-payer health care bill in order to leverage his national platform against the Republican health care proposal.

In an exclusive interview, Sanders answered questions about the health care bill, a federal investigation into the now-defunct Burlington College and President Trump’s attacks on the news media.

On the GOP health care bill

Sanders called the Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act “a disaster for working families,” and said he has delayed his own single-payer health care legislation to focus on stopping the bill.

The Senate Republican health care proposal would leave an additional 22 million people uninsured by 2026, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and defund Planned Parenthood and cut Medicaid.

Sanders said the reductions would harm families of nursing home patients who rely on Medicaid.

“This legislation is the most dangerous and harmful piece of legislation I have seen since I have been in the United States Congress,” Sanders said. “It is a disaster for working families, and we have got to do everything we can to see that it’s defeated.”

Sanders recently traveled to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to rally opposition to the bill, and he said he hopes to take another trip next weekend.

Sanders has promised since at least March to introduce a single-payer health care bill, which he calls “Medicare for all.”

The bill has no chance of passage in a Republican-controlled Congress, Sanders acknowledged — but the senator said the bill is written and gaining momentum.

“Right now we are focusing all of our energy on trying to defeat this terrible piece of legislation,” Sanders said, “and I did not want to conflate or confuse the two.”

On President Trump’s attacks on the media

Speaking the day after President Trump posted on Twitter an altered video of himself wrestling and punching the CNN logo, Sanders said he was concerned about attempts to intimidate the news media.

“It’s an outrage,” Sanders said. “I think it basically encourages violence in this country at a time when there are a lot of unstable people walking the streets of America. And I think it is a very clear goal, a clear effort on the part of Trump to intimidate not just CNN, but to intimidate the media. His goal is for them not to expose what he does.”

Sanders regularly lambastes the “corporate media,” a criticism that dates at least to his 1980s days as mayor of Burlington.

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As a presidential candidate, Sanders often used his rallies to speak pointedly at or about reporters, accusing them of ignoring what he viewed as the most important issues in favor of political dust-ups.

Sanders referred to media coverage by Politifact, The Hill and Seven Days at three points during the telephone interview to underscore his claims on health care and Burlington College. He said his critique of media is distinct from the president’s aggressive stance.

“You know, every politician, every public official will have differences with the media in terms of how they cover a story. Right? That’s natural,” Sanders said. “But I have never suggested ever that mainstream media is fake, that everything they write is a lie, that you shouldn’t believe anything they write.”

On Burlington College finances

Sanders continues to defend against allegations that his wife, Jane, misrepresented the finances of Burlington College to secure financing to support a 2010 real estate deal on the Burlington waterfront.

Jane Sanders left the school in 2011 and the college closed in 2016 under a “crushing weight of debt,” mostly from the property deal. College officials have said the Justice Department and FBI are looking into the land deal, while Bernie and Jane Sanders have denied any wrongdoing.

“When she left Burlington College, the school was in better shape financially and academically than it had ever been,” Sanders said in Monday’s interview.

He dismissed the allegations against Jane Sanders as an attack from political operatives who cannot win elections based on issues.

“How do you win elections? What you do is you make very ugly personal attacks against public officials,” Sanders said, “and that’s often in the form of 30-second TV ads, but second of all, you go after them on so-called legal areas.”

A public complaint by Charlotte attorney Brady Toensing, a Republican state official, alleges that Sanders’ office pressured People’s United Bank into securing the loan for Burlington College. The news organizations Seven Days and VTDigger have reported that the claim was based on hearsay shared by House Republican Leader Don Turner, R-Milton.

Sanders said he did not believe he’d met Toensing prior to the public complaint about Burlington College.

Bernie Sanders Rips The Heart Out Of Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Plan With One Stunning Statistic

Bernie Sanders Rips The Heart Out Of Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Plan With One Stunning Statistic

During an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) killed Trump’s idea that Republicans should repeal Obamacare now and replace it later by pointing out that 32 million Americans would immediately lose their health insurance under Trump’s idea.

Bernie Sanders Rips The Heart Out Of Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Plan With One Stunning Statistic

During an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) killed Trump’s idea that Republicans should repeal Obamacare now and replace it later by pointing out that 32 million Americans would immediately lose their health insurance under Trump’s idea.

Sanders was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if Democrats would work with Republicans if they repealed now and replaced later.

Sen. Sanders answered, “No. The answer is that I have a lot of respect for Sen. Sasse, but that idea is an absurd idea. As you pointed out, the Congressional Budget Office indicated that if you simply repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), you will throw 32 million Americans off of health insurance, ten percent of the population of the United States. If you throw 32 million people off of health insurance ten percent of the population of the United States. For seven years, Republicans have been talking about a repeal mechanism, they haven’t agreed yet. If you throw, Jake, 32 million people off of health insurance, what doctors who have studied this issue say is that tens of thousands of people, every single year, will die.”

With one stat, Bernie Sanders effectively killed the Trump idea that Republicans can repeal now and replace later. Republicans are already catching hell in their districts and states for trying to throw 22-23 million off of health insurance. The fallout from throwing 32 million people off of their coverage would be even worse. Republicans keep tossing bad ideas out there, and Democrats and the left have the counters ready to go.

Republicans should abandon the idea of a one-party health care bill. It isn’t going to work, and if they insist on doing it, they will pay with their seats in November.