In SF, Sanders praises McCain for taking stand against GOP health care bill

San Francisco Chronicle

By Joe Garofoli

September 22, 2017 Updated: September 22, 2017 8:17p

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., during a nurses convention rally at Yerba Buena Gardens on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif. Sanders promoted his Medicare for All 2017 plan.

Sen. Bernie Sanders barnstormed friendly progressive audiences Friday in San Francisco to build support for his Medicare-for-all proposal, saying it wasn’t enough just to play defense against “horrific” Republican health care plans.

“Maintaining the status quo is not enough,” Sanders said. “Our job is not just to prevent tens of millions of Americans from being thrown off the health insurance they currently have. Our job is to join every other major country on Earth and guarantee health care to all as a right, not a privilege.

“The time has come for a single-payer, Medicare-for-all program,” Sanders said at a downtown rally at Yerba Buena Gardens dominated by red-shirt wearing members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, which was holding its convention at a hotel across the street. The 185,000-member union, which is headquartered in Oakland, was one of the earliest and most vocal supporters of the Vermont

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Stalled universal health bill in California should pass, Gavin Newsom says

Sacramento BEE


SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 10:41 AM


Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom challenged California’s Democratic-run Legislature to pass sweeping universal, government-run health care next year, pledging that if the bill stalls again, he will make it a priority regardless of what happens in Washington.

“There’s no reason to wait around on universal health care and single-payer in California,” Newsom said to thunderous applause from thousands of nurses who endorsed him in next year’s governor’s race. “It’s time to get move (Senate Bill) 562 along. It’s time to get it out of committee. It’s time to move it along the legislative track. It’s time to do that now. We don’t need to wait for the governor’s race. We don’t need even to wait another year.”

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Workers Covered By Smaller Firms Pay More Toward Family Premiums and in Cost Sharing Than Those in Larger Ones

Kaiser Family Foundation

September 19, 2017

Menlo Park, Calif. – Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose an average of 3 percent to $18,764 this year, continuing a six-year run of relatively modest increases, according to the benchmark Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) 2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey released today.

This year’s premium increase is similar to the rise in workers’ wages (2.3%) and inflation (2%) over the same period and continues a remarkable slowdown.  Since 2012, average family premiums have increased 19 percent, more slowly than the previous five years (30% increase from 2007 to 2012) and the five years before that (51% from 2002 to 2007).

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Democrats Bullish on Bernie Sanders and Single-Payer Health Care

September 14, 2017


WASHINGTON — The last time Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill to put every American in the government-run Medicare system, exactly zero of his colleagues supported him.

When the Vermont independent did it again Wednesday, he turned a Senate hearing room into a premonition of a 2020 presidential primary debate as some of the party’s biggest stars lined up to declare their support for an idea that has moved from the fringe to the mainstream with stunning speed.

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