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FOCUS: Bernie Sanders Stays on the Stump, Promotes Medicare for All After Receiving Stitches for Head Wound
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=40248"><span class="small">Gregory Krieg, CNN</span></a>   
Saturday, 16 March 2019 10:51

Krieg writes: "A sewn-up Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigned through the pain on Friday in South Carolina."

Bernie Sanders. (photo: HT)
Bernie Sanders. (photo: HT)

Bernie Sanders Stays on the Stump, Promotes Medicare for All After Receiving Stitches for Head Wound

By Gregory Krieg, CNN

16 March 19


sewn-up Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigned through the pain on Friday in South Carolina.

Sanders' team told reporters shortly before a health care panel on Friday that he received seven stitches -- along with a clean bill of health -- at a local walk-in clinic after cutting his head earlier "on the edge of a glass shower door."

Sanders did not acknowledge the bandage over his left eye, except to briefly dab at the area around the sutures, during his panel with patients and health care experts at the International Longshoremen's Association Local 1422 union hall in Charleston.

After suffering the injury, and before the public event, Sanders also attended a breakfast meeting with approximately 20 local clergy members, the campaign said. He will carry on as scheduled to Nevada for a rally on Saturday.

The health care conversation on Friday marked Sanders' second appearance in Palmetto State, where he lost badly to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary, since beginning his 2020 presidential campaign nearly a month ago. On Thursday night, he addressed supporters in the gymnasium of a North Charleston Baptist church -- and offered a warning to the health care industry.

"Tonight, we say very clearly to the private health insurance companies, whether you like or not, the United States of America will join every other major country on Earth and guarantee health care to all people as a right," Sanders told the crowd, making his Medicare for all pitch. "You know, and I want you all to know this, every day in the newspapers there's another columnist, and editorial attacking me -- 'this is an impractical idea.' You gotta tell the people of Canada and Germany and Scandinavia and France and the United Kingdom. If they can guarantee health are to all people as a right, don't tell me the United States of America cannot as well."

He returned to that message on Friday during the panel and subsequent question-and-answer session.

"We have a system in which insurance companies and drug companies make billions and yet you've got tens and tens of millions of Americans who cannot afford to go to the doctor," Sanders told the gathering. "To me, that is pretty crazy stuff."

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+5 # economagic 2019-03-16 15:13
His framing is excellent, but it MUST include one other item. It must include assurance that the half million employees in that industry will receive compensation and unlimited support for retraining, job hunting, and if necessary relocation. I have not checked recently to see if the entire bill is available to the public, but summaries of the bill are vague on this point.
+10 # treerapper 2019-03-17 04:23
Actually, if it follows the Medicare approach, it doesn't eliminate private insurance companies entirely. What it forces the privates to do is adhere to the open access to doctors as well as to the schedule of costs for procedures. I agree that some jobs might be lost and this definitely needs to be addressed but if one thinks about this logically, the insured population will increase and the trained hands in working with claims, etc, will be more valuable than ever.
+11 # futhark 2019-03-17 12:01
Require " access to doctors as well as to the schedule of costs for procedures."

You take your car to a mechanic and the mechanic must give you an estimate of the cost of repairs. The mechanic is not allowed to charge more.

In 2010 I had a brain biopsy procedure done for diagnosis confirming frontal lobe lymphoma. The wounded frontal bone did not heal correctly and I was in the hospital for 16 weeks. During that time the hospital provided me with a plastic surgeon who told me up front that he would not accept the amount my Anthem Blue Cross insurance would pay, but would charge an undisclosed amount for his services, so I was left with in the hospital with the choices of having him operate or risking possible death. I'm not sure now which was preferable, as I got his bill from him later for over $18 000, a bit steep for a retired public school teacher dealing simultaneously with a spouse requiring residential care for early onset Alzheimer's disease. This surgeon's office was on Pacific Avenue in San Francisco, the most expensive business rental region in the nation.

After much unpleasantness with lawyers and bill collecting agencies, the surgeon stopped pressing for payment of the amount billed, settling for the $5000 I could pay.

Why aren't physicians held to the same standard as auto mechanics in dealing with the public?
+9 # RLF 2019-03-17 09:19
The employees of the health insurance industry have been making a good living off of the misery of their fellow people...let them fend for themselves like all of the people who have had to go through bankruptcy because of illness. May sound hard but I have NO sympathy for these parasites!
+3 # economagic 2019-03-17 14:52
By all means let's leave the top execs to their golden parachutes. But the rank and file workers are working stiffs like the rest of us, and most of them, like the rest of us, are one serious illness or accident away from bankruptcy from which they may never recover.

The scary part is that this applies to workers well up in the third income quintile (income between the 40th and 60th percentiles), which was $72,000 in 2015. The median household income in that year was about $57,000, not even in the lower management ranks in many workplaces. What then for the REST of the rest of us?
+31 # bardphile 2019-03-16 15:57
What a trooper! We love you, Bernie!
+28 # EternalTruth 2019-03-16 20:00
Bernie is a bad ass! Too old? I’m half his age and couldn’t keep up with him. Feel the Bern!
+15 # DongiC 2019-03-17 04:59
Bernie speaks the truth. That's why his statements are so clear and so compelling. No fake news here, nor fallacious reasoning and that's why the pharmas and other medical corporations are so upset with him. They sense major reforms coming with his victory in 20/20.