A Step Forward on Health Care Reform

Senators reached agreement to vote on final passage of health care reform at 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Christmas Eve. "Without fanfare, the good senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, has continued to work behind the scenes to champion community health centers - something he has done for years," Katrina vanden Heuvel wrote for The Nation on one important aspect of the Senate bill. "These non-profit, community-based facilities provide primary health care, dental care, mental health services, and low-cost prescription drugs on a sliding scale," the blog added.  "Sanders made sure that a $10 billion increase in funding for the health centers was included." Said the senator: "Expanding access to high quality primary health care, and low-cost prescription drugs, and mental health counseling, and dental care--which is a big issue - this is a very significant step forward. If you walk into a health clinic and you have no insurance at all they will treat you on a sliding scale basis. That's affordable health care."

Sanders also discussed health care reform in a wide-ranging interview on Morning Joe on MSNBC - an interview that ended with a round of applause from the panel of journalists.

To read The Nation article, click here.

To watch Morning Joe, click here.