On Tuesday night, Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz debated on CNN about Obamacare and the future of health care. Ted Cruz had a difficult time answering the questions posed to him on what Republicans would do if they repealed the Affordable Care Act. Bernie pointed out that 20 million more people got insurance under the Obamacare. It’s not a plan to just tell them sorry.
One of my proudest moments throughout the presidential campaign was the fact that so many people wanted to improve upon Obamacare, not repeal it. We were mocked by the establishment for our belief that we could organize a movement for single-payer health care, but the critics soon realized there was a large movement being built around it.
A single payer medicare-for-all solution is possible if we organize and make health care a top issue in the 2018 elections.
In America, if you are rich you have access to the very best health care in the world—for the rest of us, it was a crap shoot until Obamacare came along. And while the Affordable Care Act made improvements in health care for the vast majority of Americans, there are still millions who can’t access affordable health care. Every single year, tens of thousands of Americans die because they don’t go to the doctor when they should.
As Bernie said on Tuesday, we all have access to buy one of Donald Trump’s mansions, but we can’t all afford them. We live the wealthiest country in the history of the world. And yet we have the highest infant mortality rate in the developed world.
A cornerstone of Bernie’s campaign last year was the huge problem we face in Congress. Right now, Republicans in Congress are more concerned with helping Trump’s wealthy donors than solving America’s challenges. They are more concerned with silencing any criticism of Trump’s flawed cabinet appointments than listening to their constituents. And they are more concerned with repealing the Affordable Care Act, and taking away health care insurance for millions, than any attempt to improve upon it.
It’s not going to be easy. This is a long fight ahead of us. We will get as close as we did with stopping Betsy DeVos many more times. We will lose fights, but we will win in the long-term if we work together to fight for a future we can believe in. Our Revolution led the way last week in driving tens of thousands of calls urging Democrats to make use of the full 30 hours of debate for cabinet appointments.
February 10th, 2017
Fast forward to 7:24 to get right to the debate.