September 20

Westminster Foreign Policy Speech Sen. Bernie Sanders will deliver the prestigious John Findley Green Foundation lecture at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, on Thursday, following in the footsteps of not only Churchill, but the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan, giving an indication of just how much his stature as a leader has grown in the wake of not only his campaign but the election of Donald Trump, Newsweek, KNTV-TV and Kansas City Star reported.

Sanders in California Sanders, the front-runner in the party’s nascent 2020 field, has returned regularly to California campaign for a drug price initiative and to urge support for a universal health care bill similar to one he’s proposed in Washington. His next public event comes Friday in San Francisco at the invitation of the nurses’ union, among his most vocal supporters, The Sacramento Bee, SFGate and The Press Democrat reported. 

Two Health Care Fights Last week, a group of Senate Democrats rallied behind single-payer health care at a splashy news conference. This week, the same group is scrambling to beat back the GOP's latest Obamacare repeal blitz. Republicans claim that Sanders’ “Medicare for All” pitch fueled their revived repeal effort, an argument that even Democratic single-payer foes dismiss as untrue, The Washington Post and The Washington Post reported. Yet some Democrats wish more attention had been paid to protecting the Affordable Care Act before some of the party's biggest names turned to single payer, Politico reported.

Letter to Netanyahu Seven Jewish senators, including Sanders, have expressed their “deep concern” to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about recent Israeli government decisions that “reject the equality of Judaism’s non-Orthodox movements,” Haaretz reported.

Military Spending Increase Would Fund Free Tuition One of the most controversial proposals put forward by Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign was a pledge to make tuition free at public colleges and universities. Critics from both parties howled that the pie-in-the-sky idea would bankrupt the country. Those concerns were brushed aside Monday night, as the Senate overwhelmingly approved an $80 billion annual increase in military spending, enough to have fully satisfied Sanders’s campaign promise, The Intercept reported.

Shumlin: National Single Payer Has a Better Chance Former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin says a national single-payer health care system, such as the one proposed by Sanders, has a better chance at success than the plan that Vermont abandoned under his watch in 2014. The key, Shumlin said, would be to pair a single-payer health care system with a way to limit spiraling health care costs. In a tax-funded system, rising costs would lead to rising taxes, Burlington Free Press reported. 

Virginia Governor’s Race In a debate, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie asked rival Ralph Northam if he supported the single-payer "Medicare for All” health bill sponsored by Sanders and several Senate Democrats. Northam quickly said he does not, and told reporters he believes consumers should be able to select a government health insurance plan that competes with private insurers, The Washington Post reported.

Canada’s ‘Bernie Sanders’ Manitoba’s Nikki Ashton seems to have taken inspiration from the insurgent, unapologetically progressive campaigns of Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn, and hopes to both bring the New Democratic Party back to its left-wing roots and ride the same populist wave that propelled those two perennial afterthought backbenchers into the international spotlight, Paste Magazine reported.

2020 Polls Most Democrats still like both Hillary Clinton and Sanders, but few want to see either run for president again, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds. The poll comes as both of the former Democratic presidential candidates have garnered headlines: Clinton for the promotion of her campaign book, What Happened, and Sanders for his most recent effort to introduce single-payer health insurance, The Huffington Post reported.

Column: Medicare for All Is Wrong for America “Sanders’ bloated Medicare-for-all insurance may be extensive, but it is not designed for the personalized cures of the near future. It is also definitely not the kind of national catastrophic national health insurance that Theodore Roosevelt had in mind during his 1912 “Bull Moose” presidential campaign, or Richard Nixon's comprehensive coverage plan that built on the existing employer-based system (proposed in 1974 but soon eclipsed by Watergate),” USA Today reported 

Column: The Stark Contrast on Health Care “Graham-Cassidy tells us much about the Republican majority. GOP legislators don’t mind that millions go without health insurance … While Republicans were going low once more, Democrats were going high. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced his Medicare-for-all bill last week. For Sanders, health care is a right, not a privilege,” Katrina vanden Heuvel wrote for The Washington Post.

Column: GOP Takes Big Gambles “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has rolled out his single-payer idea. If Obamacare is dismantled and money simply handed over to the states, every blue-state governor will come under pressure to try a single-payer system. The “laboratories of democracy” will be put to work test running the one health-care system Republicans dislike more than any other: single-payer,” Jennifer Rubin wrote for The Washington Post.

Column: Japan’s Health Care System “Sanders’s new health care plan, called “Medicare for All,” would eliminate private health insurance and have the government pay for 100 percent of all health services. It's not going to happen, but it does point the way toward a system that could work better: A public-private hybrid akin to what Japan has,” Noah Smith wrote for Bloomberg.