The Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but their alternative (if they ever come up with one) will likely be much worse. The simple truth is that we will never have the health care system that we need if private insurance companies and drug companies run the show. We need to join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee health care for all as a right. The best way to...
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The Republican Health Care Con

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In an extraordinary and unprecedented display of power and resistance, millions of women are on the march in cities and towns throughout the United States and throughout the world. (Jane, I, our kids and grandchildren attended a beautiful rally in Montpelier, Vermont). President Trump: Women are not going back to second-class citizenship. They are going forward, and the vast majority of men...
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In Photos: Women's Marches on All Seven Continents Demand 'A Better Future'

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President Trump, you have made a big mistake. By trying to divide us up by race, religion, gender and nationality you have actually brought us closer together. Black, white, Latino, Native American and Asian American, gay or straight, male or female, native born or immigrant we will fight bigotry and create a government based on love and compassion, not hatred and divisiveness.
Trump's Big Lie: In his inaugural address, Mr. Trump talked about taking on the Establishment and standing up for working people. Meanwhile, right behind him in the V.I.P. section of the inaugural stands, were corporate tycoons and cabinet nominees worth tens of billions of dollars. Oh, yes. This "anti-establishment" president raised at least $100 million from some of the most powerful...
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DN!

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Congratulations to the women marching on Washington today. We will not go back to the days when women had to risk their lives to end a pregnancy. The decision to have an abortion must remain one for a woman, not the government. And we will not go backward to a time before Planned Parenthood, when millions of women had no access to birth control or cancer screenings. We must go forward to...
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The Year Ahead in Right-Wing Attacks on Reproductive Freedom

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We must vigorously defend DACA and the young people in that program. We must continue the fight for comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. General Mattis and General Kelly may not be the nominees I would have preferred for the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, but in a Trump cabinet likely to be loaded up with...
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Sanders Statement on Trump Cabinet Confirmation Votes

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Today is going to be a tough day for millions of Americans, including myself. But we cannot throw up our hands in despair. We have to fight back as effectively and as vigorously as we can. We are not giving up.
There will be agreement and disagreement as we evaluate President Obama's policies, but there should be no disagreement that the entire First Family represented our country with extraordinary dignity, grace and civility over the last eight years.

The Obamas were a master class in dignity and civility. Did we learn what they taught?

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Congratulations to the American Postal Workers Union on their important victory against privatization. We must oppose the Koch brothers/Republican agenda which is about privatizing every aspect of American life whether it is the U.S. Postal Service, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or public education. We must stand together for workers' rights and strong public services which protect the...
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How the American Postal Workers Union Scored One of its Biggest Wins Ever - Working In These Times

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Yesterday, at a confirmation hearing, Mr. Trump's nominee for HHS Secretary, Rep. Tom Price, told the committee that the United States was a "compassionate" society. Really? In terms of income and wealth inequality and how we treat those who are most vulnerable – the children, the sick, the poor and elderly we lag behind many other industrialized nations. Rep. Price must learn that a great...
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U.S. Ranks 23rd Out of 30 Developed Countries for Inequality

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"ObamaCare, for all its flaws, has dramatically expanded access to health care. When people cannot get care, they occasionally die of treatable illness. An ObamaCare repeal with nothing good to replace it? That would be tantamount to mass murder." –Ryan Cooper

Killing ObamaCare will literally kill people

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An overwhelming majority of scientists say that if we do not get our act together and transform our energy system away from fossil fuels, there is a real question as to the quality of the planet we will leave behind for our children and grandchildren. And yet the man applying to be head of the Enviornmental Protection Agency, Mr. Scott Pruitt, told me there needs to be more debate on this issue.
On the same day as NASA and NOAA declared that 2016 was once again declared the hottest year on record, Donald Trump's nominee for EPA administrator questioned the overwhelming science that human activity causes climate change. No great country will do well by rejecting science. Mr. Pruitt must not be confirmed as EPA administrator.

2016 hottest year ever recorded – and scientists say human activity to blame

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Today I asked Rep. Tom Price a simple question: Does he believe that health care is a right of all Americans, whether you are rich or poor? His answer: "We are a compassionate society." That is wrong. In terms of our relationship to poor and working people, we are not a compassionate society. Our record is worse than virtually any major country on earth.
A majority of Americans now think that we should ensure health care coverage for our people. Our goal must be to join every other major country on earth in guaranteeing health care for all through a Medicare-for-all program.
We should be investing in our kids' child care and education, not giving the wealthy huge tax breaks. We need a Secretary of Education who actually supports public education.
New estimates from the Congressional Budget Office say that the Republicans' health care plan, which is supported by Trump's nominee for Health and Human Services, would throw 32 million more people off health insurance and double premiums by 2026. That approach takes us in exactly the wrong direction.
On Sunday, tens of thousands of people attended 70 rallies from Maine to California. (I was in Michigan). The American people are fighting back. Our message to Republicans: Don't repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unless you have a replacement which is stronger. Don't throw 20 million people off the insurance they currently have. Don't raise the cost of prescription drugs for seniors. Don't...
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Oxfam is right. It is a moral outrage that we live in a global economy which is being pillaged by a tiny few at the expense of billions of struggling men, women and children. Children should not be going hungry or lack clean drinking water when eight multi-billionaires own as much wealth as the bottom 50 percent of the entire planet. Think about it. Eight men own as much wealth as the bottom...
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An economy for the 99% | Oxfam International

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Let us not forget where Dr. Martin Luther King was when he was assassinated. He was standing up with exploited workers. He was saying that in this country of incredible wealth why do we have so many people living in poverty. To truly honor Dr. King we must fight to carry out his radical and bold vision for America and transform our national priorities.