Bernie Sanders in Democratic candidates debate in Detroit Michigan, July 30-31, 2019


On Health Care: Get rid of all for-profit health insurance companies

Q: Your opening statement?

DELANEY: We [should not] go down the road that Senator Sanders wants to take us, which is with bad policies like Medicare for all.

Q [to Sanders]: He previously has called Medicare-for-All "political suicide that will just get President Trump re-elected." What do you say to Congressman Delaney about whether it's "bad policy"?

SANDERS: You're wrong. Right now, we have a dysfunctional health care system: 87 million uninsured or underinsured; 500,000 Americans every year going bankrupt because of medical bills.

DELANEY: We can create a universal health care system [without] telling half the country that their health insurance is illegal.

SANDERS: Tens of millions of people lose their health insurance every single year when they change jobs. If you want stability in the health care system, if you want a system which gives you freedom of choice, a system which will not bankrupt you, the answer is to get rid of the profiteering of the drug companies.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

On Health Care: Comprehensive care including dental, hearing aids, & eyecare

Rep. Tim RYAN: This Medicare-for-All plan that's being offered by Senator Sanders will tell Union members that they're going to lose their healthcare because Washington's going to come in and tell them they got a better plan.

SANDERS: It will be better because Medicare-for-all is comprehensive -- it covers all healthcare needs. For senior citizens it will finally include dental care, hearing aids and eyeglasses.

Rep. Tim RYAN: But you don't know that, Bernie.

SANDERS: I do know it; I wrote the damn bill. And many of our union brothers and sisters are now paying high deductibles and copayments when we do Medicare for all, instead of having the company putting money in to healthcare, they can get decent wage increases, which they're not getting today.

RYAN: Senator Sanders does not know all of the union contracts--the only thing they have is possibly really good healthcare. And the Democratic message is going to be, "we're going to take it and we're going to do better."

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

On Health Care: Took diabetics to Canada for insulin at 1/10th price

Five minutes away from [Detroit] is a country, it's called Canada. They guarantee health care to every man, woman and child as a human right. They spend half of what we spend. When you end up in a hospital in Canada, you come out with no bill at all. Health care is a human right, not a privilege.

Two days ago, I had a remarkable experience which should tell you everything you need to know about what's going on in America. I took 15 people with diabetes from Detroit a few miles into Canada, and we bought insulin for one-tenth the price being charged by the crooks who run the pharmaceutical industry in America today.

But it's not just the price-fixing and the corruption and the greed of the pharmaceutical industry. It's what's going on in the fossil fuel industry. It's what's going on in Wall Street. We need a mass political movement. Stand up and take on the greed and corruption of the ruling class. Let's create a government and an economy that works for all of us, not just the 1%.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

On Immigration: Xenophobia demonizes immigrants; refugees aren't criminals

Q: You want to provide undocumented immigrants free health care and free college. Why won't this drive even more people to come to the U.S. illegally?

SANDERS: No, because we'll have strong border protections. But the main point I want to make is that what Trump is doing through his racism and his xenophobia, is demonizing a group of people. And as president, I will end that demonization. If a mother and a child walk thousands of miles on a dangerous path, in my view, they are not criminals. They are people fleeing violence. And we've got to ask ourselves, "Why are people walking 2,000 miles to a strange country where they don't know the language?" So what we will do, the first week we are in the White House, is bring the entire hemisphere together to talk about how we rebuild Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador so people do not have to flee their own countries.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

On Principles & Values: Americans want "extreme" Democratic-Socialist solutions

Q [to Hickenlooper]: You ran a Facebook ad that warned "socialism is not the answer." The ad also said, "don't let extremes give Trump four more years." Are you saying that Senator Sanders is too extreme to beat President Trump?

Gov. HICKENLOOPER: I'm saying [that socialist ideas on healthcare & the Green New Deal] are a disaster at the ballot box.

Q: Senator Sanders, you are a proud Democratic-Socialist, how do you respond?

SANDERS: Every credible poll that I have seen has me beating Trump-- including the battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania. And the reason we are going to defeat Trump, is that he is a fraud and a phony and we're going to expose him for what he is. The American people want to have a living wage; I've helped lead that effort. The American people want to pay reasonable prices for prescription drugs; I've helped lead the effort for that as well.

HICKENLOOPER: If we're going to force Americans to make these radical changes, they're not going to go along.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) Jul 30, 2019

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