'Still Ahead of His Time': New Video Details Bernie Sanders' Prescient Warnings About Pandemic Threat and Need for Medicare for All

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/02/still-ahead-his-time-new-video-details-bernie-sanders-prescient-warnings-about

      A video released Thursday by progressive advocacy organization RootsAction uses decades of archival footage to show that the deadly coronavirus pandemic has—in just a matter of weeks—vindicated Sen. Bernie Sanders’ career-long support for Medicare for All and sweeping economic change.

      The two-minute clip features footage dating back to 1987 of Sanders, today a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, warning about the “crisis of affordable healthcare” and urging the U.S. government take steps to “protect the American people and people throughout the world” from a possible global outbreak on the scale of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic.

      “Voters are watching in real time as Bernie Sanders’ platform—Medicare for All, a federal housing guarantee, paid leave for everyone, and much else—is looking more and more like a common-sense solution to huge problems,” Jeff Cohen, co-founder of RootsAction.org, said in a statement.

      “With 27 states and territories left to cast their votes [in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary],” said Cohen, “we believe that it’s important to deliver this message as widely as possible.”

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      ThouArtThat
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      @eridani

      Hi eridani,

      Yep – all true – and Bernie is rightly commended for his advocacy.

      Yet – we all know – nothing will change in America as long as the 1% call the shots.

      So – at the end of the day – wise words matter little in a country driven by greed, fear and selfishness.

      TAT

      "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
      - Jiddu Krishnamurti

      "Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."
      - Idries Shah

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