September 25

Graham-Cassidy Health Care Debate As Republicans seek to once again replace and repeal Obamacare, many Americans must be wondering what the future of their health care system will look like. Monday night will probably reveal how ideologically stable Republicans can make their plan sound, as CNN will be holding a town hall debate featuring Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy from the GOP against Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, Bustle, Politico and CNN reported.

Sanders: Time is Ripe for Medicare for All “My Medicare for All Act of 2017, with 16 co-sponsors, improves and expands Medicare and, over a four-year transition period, provides health care to every man, woman and child in our country. In doing that, the U.S. will finally join the ranks of every other major country on Earth in recognizing that health care is a right, not a privilege,” Sanders wrote in an op-ed for USA Today.

Foreign Policy Speech In keeping with his progressive campaign for president, Sanders attacked the shibboleths of the foreign policy elite, while formulating an alternative way to look at national security that incorporated his egalitarian economic views. “Inequality, corruption, oligarchy, and authoritarianism are inseparable,” Sanders said, New Republic reported.

Sanders in California Sanders appears to be eyeing opportunities to further develop his support base in California ahead of a potential 2020 presidential run. The Vermont senator, who found support for issues including healthcare from supporters in California, visited the state once again on Friday to meet with the nurses’ union in San Francisco, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, NBC San Diego, WPTZ-TV reported 

Sanders: Join Me for College Fairs “We must also do a better job making sure every high school student (and their families) understands financial aid options and has help navigating the forms. It is unacceptable that Vermont ranks near the bottom in terms of how many kids from poor towns apply for financial aid versus kids from wealthier towns. And we have to let our kids know about the many excellent educational options right here in Vermont, including our two host schools for the college fairs, Lyndon and Castleton,” Sanders wrote in the Burlington Free Press.

Message to GetUp Members  Sanders has called on members of the activist group GetUp to join a global “resistance movement” to fight the rise of intolerant political movements in the US, Europe and Australia. In a prerecorded video message, played at GetUp’s first national conference at the weekend in Sydney, Sanders encouraged the group to start working globally with like-minded activists, saying its progressive values were similar to his own, The Guardian and News.com.au reported.

Sanders: U.S. Complicit in Israeli Occupation Sanders said the United States is “complicit” in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. “But that is not to say … that Israel is the only party at fault,” Sanders said in an interview with The Intercept news website published on Friday evening, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and The Jewish Chronicle reported.

Democrats Wrestle with Strategy Democrats, hardened by experience, were not willing to bury Cassidy-Graham until the deadline passed or Republicans officially took it off the table. Neither scenario, they said, would be altered by Monday’s CNN debate between the Republican senators, Sanders and Sen. Amy Klobuchar — the announcement of which came as a surprise to most Democrats, The Washington Post reported.

Beto O’Rourke on Sanders “[Sanders] was making the point, It’s not about me, it’s not about what we’re against, it’s the things that we’re for that people want to see in their lives and they’re willing to work for,”  Rep. Beto O’Rourke told Mother Jones. “So that moment always stuck with me. I think he made a really good prescient case for how we should be running.”

Column: Sanders’ Best Speech in Years “There are more than a few signs that Sanders—who must always be kept separate from the more febrile of his followers—is more with the Democratic program than he’s ever been. On Thursday, he gave a speech in which he set out a progressive approach to foreign policy that was clear, coherent, and was probably the best speech I’ve seen him give in two years,” Charles Pierce wrote for Esquire.

Column: Five Lessons from Canada on Single Payer “The U.S. can learn from Canada’s vexed experience with federal-provincial negotiations about health care. If the federal government goes it alone in funding health care — as the Sanders plan seems to suggest — the difficult dynamic of federal-state negotiations will be avoided. But if the final plan involves federal grants to states, federal funding must have a guaranteed floor and be adjusted over time to fairly account for changing needs and technologies,” Colleen Flood and Allan Rock wrote for Chicago Tribune.

Column: Sanders, Clinton Need to Get Out of the Way “Sanders’ swing through California and Hillary Clinton’s book tour underscore the Democrats’ problem in the aftermath of the 2016 election. The problem: The party’s two main factions are clinging to the leaders of yesterday rather than looking forward,” Willie Brown wrote for San Francisco Chronicle.