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Bernie Sanders’ Health Care Revolution
Health care has emerged as a major issue in the Democratic presidential nomination contest between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. While Senator Sanders has made single-payer health care, or “Improved Medicare for All,” a cornerstone of his presidential campaign, Secretary Clinton has attacked the proposal, claiming that it would lead to higher taxes on ordinary Americans while threatening the coverage gains already achieved under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”). In fact, Improved Medicare for All would substantially reduce health care costs (especially for low- and middle-income families), expand coverage, and improve access to care.
Under the Sanders program, virtually all medical bills in the United States would be paid by a single public agency using funds transferred from existing government health programs and from some new (mostly progressive) taxes. By reducing administrative waste and negotiating for lower drug prices, the Sanders program would be able to reduce the growth in national health care spending, even while extending coverage to all and eliminating all premiums, copayments, and deductibles of the existing system.
Why the IBU National Convention
Unanimously Endorses Bernie Sanders
Whenever we are asked for an endorsement from anyone running for office we start with the boilerplate questions to establish some basic truth about a candidate. If we're dealing with an incumbent, we research their voting record to verify their statements. The single most important question for a labor union is "do you support collective bargaining?" It is the most critical piece of the puzzle in terms of protecting our flanks and improving our benefits and conditions. Union officers and delegates have a responsibility to get the right answer to that question through statement or deed otherwise we have nowhere to go with a candidate. Read more.