Krystal Ball: Bernie has the best night of his career

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    leftcoast mountains
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    October 16, 2019

    #NoMiddleGround #I AM BERNIE

  • #187939

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    We have more great things to come as Bernie experienced a partial coronary blockage.  At the Debate he said that he had Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Not for sure, but I believe that means that he had to supplement Medicare after what the Republicans and Trump have done to Medicare since 2017 and after all of the privatization that has occurred.  Now he know first hand how Medicare For All needs to work for the aged and persons with disabilities removing more and more blocks.  In his mind he is already improving Medicare For All; working to make things right, to make sure that the best possible healthcare, is a human right.

    2020 Campaign Season: We the People are in the fight for our lives and livelihoods.

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      Medicare from its inception was 80/20 coverage.  At the time, the thought was that Medicare would eventually cover all ages–65 was only an arbitrary starting point.  This allowed the insurance companies to keep a siphon in the money trough by selling supplement policies and time to plan their graceful exit from the healthcare industry.

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        “This allowed the insurance companies to keep a siphon in the money trough by selling supplement policies and time to plan their graceful exit from the healthcare industry.”

        They don’t plan a graceful exit: they plan to siphon mass $$ out of Medicare (they have been doing so since those plans were inserted into Medicare, & we pay for their profits, regardless of whether we use their suck-ass advantage plan) — so that the ptb can call Medicare “bankrupt” and kill it.

         

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    Insurance companies make a lot of money selling Medicare Advantage programs – custom built into Medicare to allow them to profit from a federal program (which means of course adding enormous cost on the taxpayers dime).

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    Bernie Is Back

    https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/59242-rsn-bernie-is-back

    Unfortunately for the corporate media – and their billionaire owners – the death of Bernie’s campaign was greatly exaggerated. Bernie’s performance at Tuesday night’s Democratic Debate proved that his campaign is still very much alive. Senator Sanders demonstrated the same commanding stage presence as always and communicated his progressive vision for America with a clarity, concision, and confidence that no other candidate can match.

    On Tuesday night, Bernie laid to rest any speculation that he was a tired old candidate who had lost a step. Instead what we saw was the same old Bernie. He railed against corporate greed and shouted about building a political revolution to bring people together to defeat Donald Trump. Watching Bernie, it was hard to believe that just weeks ago he’d undergone heart surgery.

    When asked directly by the CNN moderators about how he could reassure voters about his health, Bernie simply said that they could judge by the “vigorous campaign” he would be running “all over this country.” He then delivered a heartfelt thank you to his colleges and supporters who offered their love, prayers, and well wishes while he was hospitalized.

    Though CNN gave Bernie less speaking time than other candidates, he made great use of his time. He delivered memorable lines calling out America’s for-profit healthcare system and income inequality and he took Vice President Biden to task for his support of the Iraq War and NAFTA.

    The two most common substances in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

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    Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Is Alive and Well

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/10/16/bernie-sanders-campaign-alive-and-well

    But Sanders’s showing Tuesday night will keep them unpublished. At the Democratic debate in Westerville, Ohio — his first major campaign event since taking ill — Bernie wasn’t just his old, bizarrely sharp and energetic-for-a-septuagenarian self. He was better, crisper, and funnier than before. The hoarse voice that plagued Sanders on the last episode of this (wretched) TV show was gone. A new perspective on the fragility of this life — and the preciousness of every opportunity to mitigate the suffering of other human beings — had, presumably, taken its place. Or maybe Bernie just got a good night’s sleep Monday. Either way, he turned in his finest debate performance of the cycle thus far.

    In the (apparently, legally mandatory) early back-and-forth on the horrors of replacing private-insurance premiums with payroll taxes, Sanders benefited from the greater clarity of his position relative to Warren’s (he is comfortable copping to the necessity of tax hikes, she prefers to avoid the T-word), and his rivals’ greater interest in damaging the race’s new front-runner.

    Later, he delivered a rousing defense of his desire to expropriate Tom Steyer’s wealth; interrupted Joe Biden to crack a joke amusing enough to earn him an impromptu embrace from the former vice-president; and still managed to stick a shiv between Uncle Joe’s ribs when the time was ripe:

    “You got the disastrous war in Iraq done, you got the bankruptcy bill which is hurting millions…, you got trade agreements like NAFTA and PNTR with China done which have cost us 4 million jobs”

    The two most common substances in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

  • #188379

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    Some want to write Bernie Sanders off. But he proved he’s still got it

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/16/elizabeth-warren-bernie-sanders-democratic-debate

    If the question looming over Tuesday’s Democratic debate was “has Bernie still got it?” the answer was yes. He still had it – for the 10 minutes or so that he was allowed to speak. Even though Bernie Sanders has far more donors than Elizabeth Warren, and has consistently been among the top three candidates in the polls, he was given less speaking time than Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke, candidates who have been registering as low as 1% in polls recently.

    Of course, debates are an opportunity to showcase candidates voters might not have heard of, so CNN might say it was trying to allow some time for bottom-tier candidates to shine. But other than the silencing of Sanders, speaking time was almost exactly in proportion to poll numbers: Warren, leading the polls, got far more than anyone else, Biden second, with Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Steyer at the bottom. No, they were just ignoring Sanders. He was skipped entirely on questions about gun control and drug companies, then brought in to answer a question about his age and health. It’s well documented that Sanders’ media coverage never matches his popular support, and last night’s debate was a very clear example of the phenomenon in action.

    Fortunately, Sanders used the time he did get to his advantage. He gave powerful, succinct summaries of his vision for the country. He repeatedly brought up climate change unprompted, even though (shockingly) the debate moderators seemed to have no interest in the issue. He gave a solid answer to an inane final question about bipartisan friendships, pointing to the legislation he had passed by working with Republican colleagues (and highlighting the little-acknowledged fact that he has a strong record as a pragmatic legislator).

    The debate revolved around Warren, however. She proved masterful at explaining economic policy ideas clearly within the space of 20 seconds or so, including an excellent point about why it’s important to tax wealth rather than income, an introduction to the work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and a clear summary of why monopolies are harmful (a line about being the umpire while serving on the team). Joe Biden, Klobuchar, and Pete Buttigieg all came after her aggressively, and she parried them well. Klobuchar and Buttigieg appear to have settled on a strategy of directly attacking the more progressive candidates over their “unrealistic” plans – and then having the audacity to call for civility and the putting aside of differences.

    The two most common substances in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

  • #189722

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    Post-Debate Musings: Bernie’s Heart and His Courage Just Fine with Me

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/10/17/post-debate-musings-bernies-heart-and-his-courage-just-fine-me

    My tall, slender, athletic and outdoorsman husband had his first heart-bypass surgery when he was 46 years old—almost 30 years ago. Since then, he has had iliac artery bypass, two more open-heart surgeries, carotid artery bypass and more. He worked until he could not anymore, and he has been able to care for his health and his well-being for more than 13 years now due to the freedom from worry about health coverage. Yes, he has Medicare and a supplement plan (another topic for another day), and we never once worried about taking him to get checked out or get care when needed. He does not abuse the system—ever—as he far prefers being outdoors, playing a round of golf with his senior league or otherwise enjoying a relatively active retirement at 75.

    Then there is me. I have spent the past 30 years doing whatever I had to do to stay employed by companies and organizations offering decent health benefits. Until we had my husband on Medicare, I knew my effort was life or death for him. I was diagnosed with cancer in 1999 (and a couple more times later), yet nothing could stop me from working and keeping those benefits. I did not take care of myself except to do whatever it took to get to and from work and outperform anyone who might take my job from me and my lease on health benefits. I took massive amounts of over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds and other prescription pain meds when I could get them. I propped myself up with asthma meds when I wheezed, and I stayed current on everything professional.

    By the time we appeared in SiCKO, Michael Moore’s 2007 award winning documentary about healthcare, we had been bankrupted by medical debt and crisis. I testified to the House Judiciary on July 17, 2007, about medical debt, crisis and bankruptcy, and the person who sat next to me and also testified that day was then Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren.

    We had never gone without health insurance because I had done whatever it took to keep it. Now, my body is really in trouble. My health has suffered. My spirit has suffered. I often didn’t go to the doctor when I needed to, and sometimes only to get a quick fix to keep me working. Employers were all too happy to take advantage of that hard work ethic run amok, and I knew it.

    The two most common substances in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

  • #189905

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    Thanks for the Bernie’s back articles, @eridani !

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