WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is poised Wednesday to release a new version of his "Medicare-for-all" plan, putting a spotlight on the debate among 2020 Democratic presidential contenders over the future of America's health care system. Sanders plans an event on Capitol Hill to unveil his latest version of a single-payer plan, which would replace the current patchwork of public and private insurers with a government-run system that Sanders argues would ultimately save consumers money. related advertisement "Yes, we should essentially eliminate private health insurance," Sanders told The Washington Post recently. "Private insurance as it exists today is nothing more than a confusing morass designed to make people jump through hoops before they can actually get the care they need."Republicans and some prominent Democrats have sought to cast "Medicare-for-all" plans as astronomically costly -- some studies have suggested they could increase government spending … [Read more...] about Bernie Sanders set to unveil new ‘Medicare-for-all’ legislation
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When I first started covering Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2015, I thought it would be a relatively short assignment. He jumped into the Democratic primary with low name recognition, a campaign infrastructure dwarfed by Hillary Clinton’s, and a message many observers deemed too radical to ever succeed nationally. I was wrong.Story Continued Below My “short assignment” turned into several months on the road with Sanders and his team. By the time he dropped out of the race at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016—after winning 43 percent of the primary vote nationally and outraising Clinton on the strength of his small-dollar donations—he’d become one of the most popular politicians in America. The Bernie Sanders who announced last month that he is again running for president is in a very different position than the one I reported on four years ago. The party he was trying to pull to the left seems to have caught up … [Read more...] about ‘This Is Not 2016’: What People Don’t Get About Bernie Sanders and Race
Bernie Sanders is running for President again! The Senator from Vermont joins an increasingly crowded field of Democratic candidates. Millions of Americans likely agree with Sanders’ assertion that President Trump is an “embarrassment” to the country. Sanders’ proposed policies – anchored by basic healthcare for all – have also gained a lot of support in recent years. But Sanders’ entry into the race highlights three big challenges the Democrats will face as they seek to persuade America to fire President Trump. First, the Democrats will likely need to explain how they’re going to pay for all the new services most of them want to provide – such as basic healthcare for all, subsidized child care, and some form of a “Green New Deal.” The US fiscal deficit – the amount government spending exceeds tax revenue – has exploded in the past year. The Republican President and his party have certainly avoided … [Read more...] about Bernie Sanders announced he’s running for president again, but there are 3 major challenges the Democrats will be facing heading into 2020
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Michael Levenson Globe Staff January 14, 2019 Has the fire Berned out?Yes, supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders are hosting house parties and signing petitions this month to show the Vermont independent that his loyal followers are still feeling the Bern and want him to run for president again in 2020.But as Sanders weighs another campaign, some say that even as he has moved the Democratic Party ideologically — pushing issues such as Medicare for all, free college tuition, and a $15 minimum wage into the mainstream — the party has moved past him personally. Advertisement “I don’t see a lot of lasting energy for Bernie,” said Markos Moulitsas, the founder and publisher of Daily Kos. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. Thank you for signing … [Read more...] about Has the Democratic Party moved beyond Bernie Sanders?
Steve Peoples, Associated Press Updated 9:35 pm PST, Thursday, January 10, 2019 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, joined from left by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks to reporters as he prepares to introduce new legislation that aims to reduce what Americans pay for prescription drugs, especially brand-name drugs deemed "excessively priced," during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. less Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, joined from left by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks to reporters as he prepares ... more Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP … [Read more...] about Bernie Sanders faces questions about political future