Born in 1941, politician Bernie Sanders started out his career as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He served four terms as the leader of Vermont’s biggest city from 1981 to 1989. Sanders then moved on to the national political arena by winning a seat in the House of Representatives. From 1991 to 2007, he distinguished himself as one of the country’s few independent legislators. In 2007, Sanders won election to the U.S. Senate and was reelected in 2012. He announced his plans to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2015.
Senator Sanders is an obvious choice for the Single Payer Activist Award this year. During his run for the presidency, he has brought the issue of Universal Health Care into national attention. His dedication and clarity around this issue has inspired and enlivened the Single Payer movement. He has brought the concept on Single Payer to the hearts, minds and lips of scores of people across America. Here are some of the opinions Bernie has expressed about Single Payer Health care:
“There are thousands of people in this country today who are suicidal, who are homicidal, but can’t get the healthcare that they need, the mental healthcare, because they don’t have insurance or they’re too poor. I believe that everybody in this country who has a mental crisis has got to get mental health counseling immediately. “ Source: 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas , Oct 13, 2015
Medicare for all: healthcare is a human right
Bernie believes that the challenges facing the American healthcare system need to be addressed immediately–they are a matter of life and death. He has always believed that healthcare is a human right and should be guaranteed to all Americans regardless of wealth or income. He prizes the health and wellness of individuals over corporate profits. Additionally, he supports future legislation to curb drug costs and tackle fraud in the industry. Altogether, universal healthcare serves as a strong foundation for his policy goals.
- ObamaCare was a small victory for the uninsured, but it is time to take the fight against inadequate coverage even further.
- Until comprehensive universal healthcare is passed, we must expand and improve the Medicaid program.
- We must expand “Medicare for All” by creating a single-payer health-care system for every American.
- Universal Healthcare: Many countries have proven that a single-payer system can work–it’s time for the US to join that list.
Source: 2016 presidential campaign website FeelTheBern.org, “Issues” , Sep 5, 2015