Sanders Outlines Vision For ‘Democratic Socialism’ That Includes Medicare For All
Citing the example of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a campaign-defining speech that defended his policies that have been attacked as "socialist." He used his plan to provide universal health care as an example of his overall philosophy.
Los Angeles Times:
Bernie Sanders Invokes FDR In Explaining Socialism As 'Foundation Of Middle Class'
He expressed bewilderment that his embrace of free public education, universal healthcare and an economic system that does not concentrate so much wealth among so few would be perceived as radical. The goals are in keeping with the American tradition of such programs as Social Security and Medicare, he said, and the rest of the industrialized world operates that way. (Halper, 11/19)
The Washington Post:
Sanders: Unlike Clinton, I Won’t Seek ‘Reckless Adventures Abroad’
Sanders devoted the bulk of his remarks Thursday to an explanation of what “democratic socialism” is — and isn’t — in his view. The term he uses to describe his politics has become a major topic of conversation, and drawn some derision, as he seeks the presidency. ... Sanders cited his plans to make public college tuition free, to provide universal health care through a “Medicare for all” system, and to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Clinton has proposed addressing many of the same issues that Sanders cited, but she generally advocates programs that are less ambitious and less costly. (Wagner, 11/119)