Bernie Sanders

National Nurses United (NNU) rally with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on the 50th anniversary of Medicare in Washington, DC last year. (Photo: NNU/Rick Reinhard/flickr)

It was not long ago that the idea of Medicare for All was dismissed and ridiculed by the corporate media and political establishment of this country.

Too radical, they said. Fringe. Crazy. Pie in the sky.

Well, they are not saying that anymore. Because today, not only do a strong majority of Americans believe health care should be a right in this country, but it is also a mainstream Democratic Party position.

That is because of you. It is because of our 2016 campaign. It is because of every petition signature, phone call, text message, social media post and donation you’ve made. You’ve led the way. It is not because of me. It is because of us. That is the political revolution.

But we still have a long way to go.

So when I re-introduce this bill in just a few weeks, I want every one of my colleagues in the Senate and every member of the House to know that we’re ready to fight harder than ever. Help me send that message:

For as far back as I can remember, I have always been a proponent of a national health care system. It just seemed eminently fair and right.

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How can we call this a civilized society when some Americans have access to the best medical care in the world and others are unable to walk into a doctor’s office because they lack money?

How can we tolerate a situation where the children or parents of the rich get the medical attention they need in order to stay alive, while members of working-class families, who lack health insurance, have to die or needlessly suffer or go hopelessly into debt to get the care they need?

In my view, the function of a rational health care system in this country should be to provide quality care for everyone in a cost effective way, not to make health industry CEOs richer or drive up stock prices on Wall Street.

Now, the insurance companies may not like our legislation and the drug companies probably won’t either. They will try to make words like “NATIONAL HEALTH CARE” sound scary.

And it will not surprise you to learn that with hundreds of billions in profits at stake, the insurance companies, drug companies and others have already announced that they will spend huge amounts of money to protect their interests as they try to defeat our efforts.

But the truth is, for far too long they have been bribing the United States Congress, spending billions of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions to make sure we maintain a dysfunctional, but profitable, approach to health care.

That may scare some of the other Democrats running for president, but it should not. They may have the money, but we have something more powerful:

We have the people.

And when I re-introduce my Medicare for All bill in the next few weeks, it is important we make it clear that we are ready to fight harder than ever for the fundamental belief that health care should be a right for every man, woman and child in this country.


Sisters and brothers: In this pivotal moment in American history, let us lead our country forward to guarantee health care as a right and not a privilege. This is a struggle whose time has come. This is a struggle not just about health care but about the heart and soul of our country, about what we stand for as a people.

It is a struggle we are winning. And it is a struggle we will win.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders


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