Today’s news from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.):
Sanders Introduces Single-Payer Bill in Senate: Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday introduced the American Health Security Act, which would require each state to set up a single-payer health care system and undo the private insurance exchanges that have plagued Obamacare. Meanwhile, state-led efforts in Vermont, Massachusetts and elsewhere could sweep the country statehouse by statehouse as soon as lawmakers see the advantage of a single-payer system. “As the president fully understands, the rollout has been a disaster, the website has been a disaster,” said Sanders. “But the truth is, even if all of those problems were corrected tomorrow and if the Affordable Care Act did all that it was supposed to do, it would be only a modest step forward to dealing with the dysfunction of the American health care system,” Sanders told The Daily Beast.
Unemployment Insurance in Jeopardy: Unemployment insurance benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans will expire at the end of the month if Congress fails to pass an extension. “We have got to create millions of jobs and we have got to pass legislation to protect the long-term unemployed,” Sen. Sanders said Monday on MSNBC.
Raise the Minimum Wage: Calling for passage of a bill he cosponsored to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, Sen. Sanders disputed opponents’ claims that employers would slash payrolls. “They’re just factually wrong. In my state of Vermont, our minimum wage is $8.60 compared to the national minimum wage of $7.25. We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in America. You have states where there is virtually no minimum wage at all, and their unemployment rate is much higher. The facts just don’t bear it out. The reality is that if we raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour about 30 million Americans would get a pay raise, and 88 percent of them are adults. These are not kids. These are working families struggling to keep their heads above water. They need a pay raise. We’ve gotta pass it,” Sanders said on MSNBC.
Tax Breaks for Corporations: States are increasingly offering lucrative tax breaks to big corporations in interstate competition for jobs. Sen. Sanders would block so-called “megadeals” given to major transnational corporations at the federal level, The Thom Hartmann Program reported.
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