tv Campaign 2020 Sen. Bernie Sanders Town Hall in Raymond NH CSPAN September 3, 2019 10:04am-11:34am EDT
>> hello. hi. hi, raymond. woo! [applause] i have a question for you. are you feeling the bern? [crowd cheering] >> it is so nice having an actual applause to that. i practiced in my room. hi, everyone. i'm erin. i am the field organizer for the sanders campaign here in raymond. i'm from durham. i'm from durham, new hampshire, not too far from here. i have really deep roots in new hampshire.
my dad is from dover, my mom is from manchester, from the west side specifically. my grandfather taught at unh. my mom is a teacher in farmington. i loved growing up here. i couldn't have picked a better place for myself to grow up. i kind of want to talk about growing up a little bit with you guys today. growing up can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. for myself and my generation, it included learning things like our planet is dying. i was in middle school when i first learned about climate change. i learned all about pollution and i learned all about greenhouse gases and recycling and everything. i was 12 specifically when i learned we were hurdling towards a turning point after which our planet was permanently damaged.
in high school, i learned all about history. i learned about the way history shaped society, the way it continues to shape society. i learned that people born into different circumstances than myself, whether it's race or class, ability or anything else, might have to work 5, 10, 100 times harder than i do to achieve the same level of success. i remember learning that one of the best predictors of a person's future income is the zip code into which they were born. can you guys hear me? ok. i had summer jobs growing up. i worked at the outlets for one. i also worked at a fancy golf club in new hampshire. i had coworkers there that i learned a lot from, and i learned that they were working multiple jobs and still were struggling to afford rent. i learned for the first time that there were people that did not have health care, that avoided going to the doctor when they were sick.
i would learn soon that they were far from the only ones. in my 20's, i learned maybe most important thing of all, which is that all of these stories are connected. the single mom who's struggling to put food on the table and a young black man caught in the school to prison pipeline and indigenous folks who are being driven from their native land due to climate disaster are all suffering at the hands of the same system. this is the system that benefits the wealthy and powerful few at the expense of the rest of us. it is disgusting. it was around this time in my 20's when i first heard about bernie sanders. woo! [applause] erin: maybe it was meant to be. it was around that time i was learning all of this and it was the first time that i had heard a politician who was calling out what i was seeing and was calling what i was learning
about and he wasn't afraid to call out specifically the people and groups upholding this. bernie sanders has been fighting for folks like you and me here in raymond, new hampshire for 40 years. at this point in history, right now, electing bernie sanders, who is our champion of medicare for all, free public college, the green new deal, and criminal justice reform could not be any more important than it is today. so how do we do it? that is why i'm talking to you guys today. the campaign slogan is not me, us. that's not just what the whole campaign is about. of course it is, but it's also a roadmap for how we win. this is a movement. this is a grassroots movement. that means it starts here and it
starts with us. we win and we are going to win new hampshire and we are going to win the white house by knocking on doors, by making calls, by sharing our stories. that is what i am here asking all of you for today. please volunteer with us. we want to you, we need you. we are going to elect bernie sanders and we need your help to do it. thank you, guys. [applause] erin: thank you. and now it is my distinct honor to introduce two men who share this vision, ben cohen and jerry greenfield of ben & jerry's. [applause] jerry: hello. >> hello. jerry: very excited to be here.
i'm jerry. this is ben. for once in our 40 year partnership i get to go first. this is incredibly exciting. i might not even give the mic over to ben. i don't know. [laughter] jerry: as i say, we are tremendously excited to be here, tremendously excited to be scooping ice cream. i do have to give my standard disclaimer that ben & jerry's, the company, does not support any political candidates or any political parties. they did not give the ice cream. however, i do have to say that ben and i personally do support political candidates. [applause] jerry: and we are all in for bernie. [applause]
jerry: it is interesting. ben and i have never campaigned for a presidential candidate before. that's because there has never been anyone like bernie before. he is completely unique. ben and i have been constituents of bernie's for over 30 years in vermont, starting from when he was first elected mayor of burlington in 1981. we have seen firsthand how consistent and unwavering bernie is in fighting for everyday working people that nobody else has ever done. you know, bernie understands that our country and our government needs to work for everyday people and not just for the ultra-wealthy and the giant multinational corporations that
give hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign contributions and lobbying. so we are out doing everything we can. we are scooping ice cream, we are on the road. the thing that strikes me so much is that bernie is not for sale. he has never been for sale. [applause] jerry: his campaign is fueled by small donations from all of us, and that is how we are going to win. totally thrilled to be here. i guess i am going to have to turn the microphone over to ben. thank you guys so much. [applause] ben: it was a joy to be scooping ice cream for all of you bernie
supporters. i can't think of a better use of ben and jerry, the individuals, than to support a guy like bernie. it's interesting, erin mentioned that bernie was the first politician that she's found that really supported what she believes in. she's lucky. she's in her 20's. he's also the first politician i found that supports what i believe in, and i'm in my late 60's. [applause] ben: finally, a reason to vote. before bernie, jerry and i used to be the most famous guys from vermont. [laughter]
ben: we are so happy to give that mantle up to bernie. because ice cream is good, but a presidential candidate who truly believes in justice in all its flavors, that is euphoric. [applause] ben: jerry mentioned that a big reason we are here, really the reason we are here, is that we witnessed bernie, his entire political career from the time he was elected mayor in 1981. he has been true to his values
and beliefs the whole time. he has been talking about so much of the stuff that is now generally talked about, starting in 1981. he has a vision for our country and it's pretty simple. what would our country be like if it was run for the benefit of regular, everyday americans? [applause] ben: i just want to go through a brief history that illustrates what this man is about. when he first came in as mayor,
it was an upset election. he unseated a long-term, democratic, old crony machine mayor and won the election by 10 votes. i was there at that victory party. let me tell you, it was a great party that will surely be exceeded by the victory party we're going to have when we get him elected president of the united states. [applause] ben: he came in as mayor and the mayor before him had set up a deal with the business developers in town that he was going to sell the lakefront of burlington to them and they were going to put up high-rise, very expensive condominiums that
would have privatized the entire lakefront of burlington. bernie came in talking about something i had never heard of before, which was the right of public access. he fought those developers up through the courts in vermont and he won. today, we have the most beautiful public park with a boathouse that's open to the entire city. [applause] ben: then when he was elected congressman, one of his first acts was to take a busload of women with breast cancer over the border into canada so that they could buy the prescription medications they needed at 1/10 the price. [applause]
ben: then when he became elected senator, he voted against the war in iraq. i guess he actually did that when he was a congressman too. there were a couple wars there. i think about six months ago he introduced the stop bezos act, and that was stop business executives by zeroing out subsidies. it was the idea that employees of these huge multinational businesses are being paid so little that they need to get on medicaid and other benefits from the government in order to have a level of living that they
could live on. the idea was that those businesses would have to reimburse the government for those expenses that were essentially subsidizing the businesses. a month after he introduced it, jeff bezos, the head of amazon, raised their minimum wage to $15 an hour. [applause] ben: when it comes down to it, i know and you know, everybody knows, bernie knows, that the most important thing for any democrat, and i think a whole lot of independents, is beating trump. selecting a candidate that can beat trump. [applause]
ben: and the reality that is not in the general public discourse is in poll after poll after poll, when they do these head-to-head matchups, bernie beats trump. [applause] ben: bernie beats trump. bernie beats trump. bernie beats trump. [chanting "bernie beats trump"] ben: and i promise that when we get bernie elected and jerry and i become the ministers of ice cream, i promise a pint in every freezer, a sundae in every bowl. now, ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to introduce the one, the only, the original and still champion, senator bernie sanders. [applause] [crowd cheering]
[chanting "bernie!"] sen. sanders: thank you. let me thank all of you for coming out. let me thank entangled strings for their music. [applause] sen. sanders: and erin lahey -- there is my jacket. all right. can we put this someplace? there we go. i would like to thank erin lahey for the field pitch, and let me thank ben and jerry. i want to thank them not just for the great ice cream they
produce, which we have eaten too much of over the last many years, but for showing what a progressive business can be like. [applause] sen. sanders: in vermont, i think you know in new hampshire, but in vermont everybody knows that ben and jerry treats their employees with respect. they have been a staunch ally of our family farmers during very difficult times. they have been a protector of the environment. and they have been out there for virtually every important social justice fight. i just want to thank ben and jerry for what they do. [applause] sen. sanders: this is labor day,
and most of us do barbecues and we have a lot of fun. but it is important to recognize what this day is about. today we thank the millions of men and women all over this country who do all the work that they do to help us live good and decent lives. we thank our teachers and our childcare workers. we thank our police officers, our firefighters, our emt folks and all the people in health care. we thank the factory workers who produce the products that we need, the farmers who grow the food that we need. [applause] sen. sanders: there's a lot of people to thank who make our communities great and who keep our country going, and today is the day to honor them.
it goes without saying that i'm here in raymond today to ask for your support to win the democratic primary here in new hampshire. with your help, we are going to do just that. [applause] sen. sanders: and it goes without saying that i need your help to win the democratic nomination. and it goes without saying that together we are going to defeat most dangerous president in the modern history of this country, donald trump. [applause] sen. sanders: and as ben just told you, in poll after poll, in fact i don't think there has
been a credible poll done in the last year which has not had us ahead of trump. a poll just came out the other day that us 14 points ahead of trump. so it is certainly a moment in history when we have got to get rid of that person in the white house, and with your help that is exactly what we are going to do. [applause] sen. sanders: but this campaign is more than just about defeating trump. what i'm going to need your help on is not just the election. i'm going to need your help the day after we are inaugurated. and we hope to have a lot of
buses from new england coming down to washington. [applause] sen. sanders: we need your help, and i don't know that there's any other campaign that's going to ask this of you, but we need your help to take on the greed and corruption of the corporate elite who have been at war against the working class of this country for the last 45 years. [applause] sen. sanders: as all of you know, the message of our campaign is us, not me. that message is more than a bumper sticker, although i think we will have a bumper sticker with it. it's actually a fairly profound message. it says two things. it says that our understanding of what human life is about is
not one in which we step on our friends and our neighbors and everybody in our community in order to make billions of dollars, that we lie, we cheat, we steal. in other words, somebody like a donald trump. that is not our vision of what life is about, to do terrible things, to be selfish and greedy in order to make a huge amount of money. our vision of human life is that we are in this together, the struggle for decency, the struggle for all of us to have a good life, and that means that my family has got to be concerned about your family, and your family has got to be concerned about my family, and we try to create a society where nobody is left behind. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: that is what "community" means. that is what community means,
and that is what i believe and i know most of you believe. but when we talk about us, not me, there is another point we are making here, which is a point you are not going to see much on tv or in the newspapers. and that is the understanding that no president of the united states, not bernie sanders or anybody else, can do it alone. all right? because we are taking on a corporate elite that has unbelievable wealth and power and resources, and if we are serious about transforming this country and creating a government and an economy that work for all of us, not just the 1%, the only way we do it is when millions of people come
together and are prepared to stand up and fight back, and that is precisely what this campaign is about. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: so, in other words, i could give you a 10 hour speech and tell you all of the wonderful things that i want to do, and you'll nod your heads, that is great, a great idea, beautiful. that is what we need. it does not mean anything unless we are prepared to take on the greed and corruption of the corporate elite and the politicians in washington, and that is what the political revolution is about. it is bringing people together, black and white and latino, native american, asian american, gay and straight, those of us born in america, those of us who immigrated to america, standing together to tell the corporate elite that this country belongs to all of us, not just wealthy
campaign contributors. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: on this labor day, let us remember a very profound statement. i discovered this --- i should have known it before. i discovered it just last month. my little grandson, somebody gave him a sign. he held up the sign, and i am paraphrasing, i probably got it a little bit wrong. it's a quote from nelson mandela, and nelson mandela said something to the effect, he said, "everything is impossible until it is done." everything is impossible until it is done. what does that mean? it means that the ideas that we talk about today, people say, "these are radical, you cannot do it, they're extreme, nobody in america wants them," until they get done. and then they say, "well, it is common sense. of course we should have done
that. what was the problem?" [applause] sen. sanders: and i give you a few examples of what that means and we are seeing it with our own eyes. four years ago, i came to new hampshire, and i said, "i got a radical, crazy, wild idea, by god, that maybe if you work 40 hours a week in vermont and new hampshire, maybe you should not be living in poverty, and we should raise the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour." [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and some of you may recall, oh, my god, the editorial writers, everybody says, "bernie, what are you talking about? the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. you want to more than double it. what are you smoking?" and marijuana was not legal at that point. that is another issue. what happened?
we went to iowa. we came here to new hampshire. we thank the people in new hampshire for the great support you gave us. but what happened here is, all over this country, people said, "you know what? the media might think these ideas are crazy. the political establishment might think these ideas are crazy, but i cannot make it on $10 or $11 an hour, and we have to raise that minimum wage to $15 an hour," and you know what has happened in the last four years from that crazy and wild and extremist idea? seven states have voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and the u.s. house of representatives have voted to that mitch mcconnell put my bill on the floor so that we can raise the minimum wage. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: so that idea was not so radical, and here is
another idea which is not so radical. and that is that in this country, women should not be making $.80 on the dollar compared to men. they deserve the whole damn dollar. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and here is another idea which is not so radical. here on labor day, we acknowledge and know that many, many millions of american workers want to join unions. but they are finding it very difficult because of all of the opposition, often illegal opposition, from their employers, and that is why we are going to pass legislation called the workplace democracy act, which will make it easier for workers to join unions. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: then we talk about what is going on in this country. here is another idea that we talked about four years ago that was seemingly, again, off the charts, not acceptable, but i said then, and i say now, that for our young people to make it into the middle class, they need a good higher education, and that higher education must be available to all of our people, regardless of their incomes. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: four years ago, we talked about making public colleges and universities tuition free, and guess what is happening in california and in new york and in tennessee? they are moving precisely in that direction.
and when we are in the white house, we are going to make that happen in every state in this country, and then there is another issue we talked about, and i am taking it a little bit further during this campaign, and that is the insanity, and i use that word advisedly, that we tell our young people, "go out, get a college education," and then they are stuck with a $50,000 or a $100,000 dollars debt that they are paying off not only year after year but decade after decade. i meet people who literally tell me that they are worried that their social security checks will be garnished. that is true. their social security checks will be garnished in order to make sure that they pay their student debt. and that is why i believe if we could bail out the crooks on wall street 11 years ago, if trump and his friends could give
well over $1 trillion in tax breaks to the top 1% and large, profitable corporations, such that you have the absurdity now of companies like amazon making over $10 billion in profits and paying nothing in federal income tax -- you know what? the united states government can bend over backwards for the rich and powerful. we can cancel all student debt in this country. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and people say, my critics say, my critics say, "bernie, great idea, but it is pretty expensive. how are you going to pay for it?" and that is a fair question. i will tell you precisely how we will pay for it. we will impose a modest tax on wall street speculation, which more than pays for making public colleges and universities tuition free and canceling all
student debt in this country. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: now, there is another issue out there, which may be the issue most on the minds of the american people. four years ago, i came to new hampshire and i threw out another radical idea. oh, my god, how many radical ideas can we deal with here? and that idea was to simply suggest that maybe the united states of america should do what virtually every other major country on earth does and guarantee health care to all people as a human right, not a privilege. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: well, i was told that that was a radical idea, something the american people
would not accept. well, i would urge you to check out all of the polling done in recent months, which shows that a majority of americans and an overwhelming majority of democrats believe in a medicare for all, single-payer program. [applause] sen. sanders: and i want to talk a little bit as to why more and more americans are moving towards medicare for all. because they see every day as they experience the health care system the dysfunctionality and the barbarity, if you like, of the current system. they see it every day. it is not an abstract idea. let me give you an idea of how crazy and absurd this system is. just picked up the paper today. i flew in from houston, texas. and there was an article, i think it was "the washington post," and it described, once again, the terrible, terrible
shooting that took place in odessa, texas. five people at least were killed. it turns out that one of the the scene, who put his life on the line, was shot and wounded, and his family has since placed on the internet a gofundme request to pay for his medical bills. i mean, talk about insanity, a police officer with his life on the line to protect people, and now the family is going to have to raise money to pay for the care that he gets. we have a health care system today in which we pay, and it is important to know this, we spend twice as much per person on health care as do the people of any other industrialized country. we spend close to $11,000 a year, twice what our neighbors
up north in canada are spending, and this is what you get for spending far more than any other country on earth. you have got 87 million people who are uninsured or underinsured, and the keyword here is "underinsured," because a lot of politicians will say, "well, i want to provide insurance to everybody." insurance does not mean a damn thing if it does not cover you when you need to be covered. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: so this is what you have got today, and it is not just that police officer in texas. this is what you have got today. you have millions of people who even have insurance, but their deductibles are so high that they cannot afford to go to the doctor when they should, and
then when they go to the doctor, the doctor says, "why weren't you here six months ago when you first got your symptoms?" and the patient says, "well, i do not have insurance" or "i was underinsured, and i could not afford the bill." many or some of those people will get much sicker than they should have and some will die. we lose as a nation 30,000 people a year unnecessarily because they did not go to the doctor's office when they should. here is something equally crazy. this is unbelievable. when you stop and you think about it, and what this campaign is about is asking the american people to take a deep breath and think about things in a way that congress does not approach it or the media does not approach it. last year, over 500,000 people in our country went bankrupt because they could not pay their
medical bills. now, think. if somebody is diagnosed with cancer, what a shock that is. you are diagnosed with a bad heart, you need major surgery. somebody in the family has alzheimer's disease, and you are dealing, you're reeling with a serious illness, and you are thinking and your family are thinking, "how do i get well? what doctor do i go to? what medicine do i take? how do i take care of myself?" that is what people are thinking about when they're diagnosed with a serious illness, but in this country, they have to think about something else, and that is, "what happens if i have to go to the hospital for two months and i come out with a $100,000 bill?" and the answer is 500,000 people in this country go bankrupt, not because they blew their money on a casino in las vegas. they went bankrupt because they had cancer or heart disease or some terrible illness. that is not what a democratic,
civilized society is about, and we are going to end that barbarity. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: but here is the point. here is the essence of the issue. and that is we have a health care system today, or, i should say, a health care nonsystem. what is the function today of the health care system? to make money. everybody knows that. what is the function of an insurance company? >> to make money. sen. sanders: and the drug companies? >> to make money. sen. sanders: that's all. everybody knows that. so here is the story. the story is that with 87 million people uninsured or underinsured, with us spending twice as much as the people of any other developed country, last year, the top 10 drug
companies made $69 billion in profit. and they made that profit because they charge us by far, by far, the highest prices in the world for the prescription drugs that we need. last month, i took a trip to canada with a bunch of folks in the midwest who are diabetic, and they needed insulin. we went to windsor, ontario, and we bought the same exact product in canada that is sold in the united states for 1/10th the price. 1/10th the price. and the reason we pay 10 times more than the canadians for insulin is that not only do you have greed in the american prescription drug industry, the pharmaceutical industry, you have corruption and price-fixing. it turns out that three
companies manufacture 90% of the insulin, and just coincidentally, coincidentally, their prices soar at exactly the same time. that's called corruption. and people die because they cannot get the medicine they need. i know in vermont, and i'm sure here in new hampshire, you have older people cutting their prescription drugs in half, and then you have health care insurance companies, the top five made $23 billion in profit. they give these guys huge compensation packages. a guy named bertolini, the head of aetna insurance, he orchestrated the merger of aetna with cvs, the big drug chain. do you know what he got, what bonus he got for orchestrating that merger which will raise your health care costs? anyone want to guess? more than a lot. he got a $500 million bonus of your health care dollars. and on and on it goes, you have the heads of the drug companies, the insurance companies making zillions of dollars in compensation every single year.
so you add it all together, the health-care industry last year made over $100 billion in profit, and what they will do, and they are doing it right now. i do not know if the ads are on yet in new hampshire. they're out in iowa. they will probably be here soon. they will demonize me personally, and they will attack medicare for all. and you know why? because we are challenging their $100 billion in profit, and we are saying that the function of health care in a civilized society is to provide quality care to all in a cost-effective way, not to have wall street and the insurance companies make billions in profits. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: so when you see the ads, when you see the ads on tv, attacking me or attacking medicare for all, understand who
is paying for those ads. they are very nervous, because, finally, we are challenging their right to rip off the american people while they make billions and billions in profit. now, what is medicare for all? what does it mean? and i should tell you -- i wish i could tell you i invented this idea. i did not. we stole a lot of it from other countries, often from canada, and this is what it means. what it means is we are doing away with all premiums in this country. neither you or your employer is going to have to pay a monthly premium. we are doing away with all copayments. when you walk into the doctor's office, you're not going to have to pay a copayment. we are doing away with all out-of-pocket expenses. we are doing away with the fact that when you leave the hospital, you will not have to
pay a nickel. not a radical idea. that is exactly what goes on in canada. you get a heart transplant in canada, you leave the hospital, you do not pay a nickel. that should be the case in america today. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: well, people say, "well, bernie, that is really nice, very expensive. how are you going to pay for it?" we are already paying for it. every premium you are paying a month. you're paying, what, $5000, $10,000 in premiums? every out-of-pocket dollar that you are spending, you are paying for it. every outrageous prescription drug price you are paying, you are paying for it. by the way, under medicare for all, our bill, nobody in america will pay more than $200 a year for prescription drugs because we will no longer allow the pharmaceutical industry to charge us anything that they want. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: what we do, instead of paying -- the insurance companies call it a "premium." you can call it a "tax." you can call it whatever you want to call it. we're going to get rid of all of that stuff and what we will do is end up with a situation where medicare for all is paid for out of the tax base of this country in a progressive way, which will mean that the overwhelming majority of people in this country will be paying far less for health care under medicare for all than they are paying today. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: ok, what i want to do now -- there's a lot of other issues out there. i do not want to go on forever, but i wanted to ask, i want to stay on this issue of health care. talk to me about health care. talk to me about whether you can afford health care. talk to me about the impacts of premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. talk to me about anything you want.
people may not go to the doctor because they don't have enough money -- let's hear a little about the experiences that here people are having with health care. i see your hand. ma'am? can we get her a mic? no, no, no, the woman right here. ma'am, just give us your name. hold that mic close to your mouth. >> i am elaine, and i am from toronto, canada, and i am here to tell you -- sen. sanders: hold the mic close to your mouth. turn the mic on. >> universal health care works in canada. we do not have to worry when we break a leg or get alzheimer's, have heart disease, or anything, and we have heard a lot of fear mongering in canada. it is absolutely untrue. we have one of the best systems in the world.
i live in toronto, one of the -- the safest city in north america and the sixth safest city in the world, and so i can tell you that -- sen. sanders: do you work for the toronto chamber of commerce? >> no, i do not. no, i don't. i work for one of the largest colleges in canada. sen. sanders: let me ask you this question. your first name is? >> elaine. sen. sanders: elaine, somebody you know has a serious illness. they end up in the hospital for a month. how much do they pay when they get out? >> zero. you pay for parking. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: ok. now, you will hear -- mark my words. you will hear a lot of attacks, fear mongering, as elaine said, on the canadian health system. is it perfect? no, no system in the world is perfect. you can always pick a system apart. but at the end of the day, what the canadians have done, and by the way people all over the
world have done, is to say that health care is a human right, whether you're rich or whether you're poor, and that is the goal that we must achieve. all right, i want to talk a little bit -- we don't talk about this too often. you are a working-class person, you're making $40,000, $50,000 a year. what percentage of your income are you paying -- ok, you are laughing because that is too high, right? all right, let's make it $30,000. what percentage of your income are you paying? what does it mean to pay for health care in america? anyone have any thoughts on that? i know it is hard to get up in front of these tv cameras and talk about it. anyone want to comment on that? i see a hand right back there, a woman with a baby. here is the mic. give us your name, please. >> my name is caitlin, and i am a teacher, in a union, and a lot of people are talking about how it is not fair to give other people health care, because
unions have fought for health care, which we want everyone to have health care and everyone to have a fair shot, but i do want to say that my employer and i together pay $31,000 per year for health insurance to the insurance companies. sen. sanders: say that again. how large is your family? >> i have four people in my family. my percentage i think is around $12,000, and the rest is my employer, so together, it is $31,000. sen. sanders: i want everyone here to hear what caitlin said. she is a teacher, yes? probably not making millions, thank you, and i am not going to ask you how much you make. we know you make millions. i've read that someplace. you are paying for your health care $12,000 a year. you are paying, ok, which is a pretty good percentage of your total income, yes? thank you. that is what i am talking about. that is what i am talking about,
and you do not hear that discussion on tv too often. "bernie's idea is really expensive." you're paying $12,000. that is pretty damn expensive. you will pay less, and your employer will pay less. [applause] sen. sanders: ok, let's get a little bit more discussion on that issue. gentleman right here. hold that mic to your mouth, please. >> i have a question about medicare for all. i studied in norway for a year, broke my finger there, it was like a vacation. it was awesome. sen. sanders: where was that? norway? yes, you did not pay for it? >> i would break another finger just to go back. but here, one of the major differences is in norway they don't have problems in government, there aren't really scandals or corruption. here, we don't, so while i trust
you, and you can go in, how i can trust other people to support your idea and not, in the end, take more money from us? sen. sanders: but that is what the struggle is about here. you say, and we can talk about what goes on in scandinavia. you say people in this country, you are right, do not have confidence in their government. well, it is your government, and what we are trying to do, and what this political revolution is about, and it is not easy -- i don't mean to be overly rhetorical here -- we have got to restore confidence in the government, because we have got to create a government that works for us and not just for billionaires and wealthy campaign contributors. that is what this whole fight is about. i mean, are we somehow stupider than the people in canada or the people in the u.k. or france or germany? somehow or another, they manage to run good-quality health care systems that guarantee health care to all people at a significantly lower costs per capita than we do. are we dumber than them? i don't think so. we can do it. we can do it.
but we have to have the guts here to take on the health care industry, which will tell you everything under the sun about why we cannot do it. right? that is really what this struggle is about. i see a hand, woman, right back there. got a mic? >> i am an entrepreneur and went undiagnosed for seven years with lyme disease, and this is the cost, where my parents paid well over $100,000 a year for. you talk about medicare for all, but my disease is one of the most common vector-borne diseases in the united states and is not covered by insurance past 30 days. what do you plan on doing about that? sen. sanders: let's be clear. you are just giving me another example of the dysfunctionality and irrationality. why is lyme disease covered for 30 days and not 31 days? do you know why? >> there is a lot of controversy
within the cdc. sen. sanders: what is the controversy? do you need treatment or not? >> i do, but the government does not believe that lyme disease should be treated. sen. sanders: these are decisions we will leave to doctors. one of the issues -- as i was flying in from texas, a guy was a retired doctor. that doctorssues are sick and tired of is arguing with insurance companies about whether or not they can treat their patients the way they want. patients are sick and tired of arguing with insurance companies with regard to this. to answer your question, what we are talking about in medicare for all is comprehensive health
care that not only covers everybody, it covers all health care. that includes hearing aids, dental care, eye care. we want to expand what medicare covers today. >> thank you. sen. sanders: other question. there is a woman here in the blue. yes. >> regarding the gentleman about health care in europe, my stepdaughter married somebody in belgium and she is raising a family there. i do not know if you know anything about belgium, but she taught me that the belgian -- she adored the
safety and freedom that she had with health care. she does not worry about anything. when somebody is sick, it is covered. amount of freedom that that that is a freedom you do not know you do not have because you do not have it. sen. sanders: what is your name? >> i am sorry. teresa. sen. sanders: thank you, teresa, for saying it better than i could, and teresa said it better, and again, this is ot pie in the sky.
this is what goes on in belgium, north of us a few miles. what it means, what teresa is saying, is that there are millions of people in this country who are staying at their jobs today not because they like those jobs but because they got decent health care for their families. all right? think about what it means. when you have health care,you can do the work you want, and if your unemployed, and you have it because it is a human right. freedom is the right word, teresa. it's off your shoulders. you don't have to stay in a job you don't want. when you have a baby, you do not have to worry about paying a $10,000 bill when you have a baby. when we get rid of the greed of the insurance companies and the drug companies and all of the bureaucracy and the hundreds of
billions of dollars in administrative waste in the current system, we can cover all people in an extremely comprehensive way, and it will cost the overwhelming majority of americans, everybody else much less than they are paying right now. other thoughts on health care? alright, i see a woman back there, right under the cameras. >> i am pediatrician, stay-at-home mom right now. for the money we are paying, we have one of the highest infant mortality and maternal death rates, which is shameful. seeing the result of those complications, i took care of a child --sen. sanders: you said you are a pediatrician? >> yes. sen. sanders: absolutely right. our infant mortality rate, our maternal mortality rate, especially for african-american women, just unbelievable numbers. why do you think that is?
>> multiple fact users. prenatal care is very important, and women should have prenatal care before they get pregnant, and at the earliest, when they know they are pregnant, and they often present later, despite the fact that women are covered by medicaid, but they are not covered until they become regnant. the second piece is that infant mortality and maternal mortality is a multicultural issue, and factors play a role. dental care plays a role. life stresses play a role. and all of these are not mitigated by our current system. in addition, other nations have visits both before and after the child is born for at least two years, and that has been shown to save lives. and result in improved development and school performance for kids. in addition, pre-k, manned pre-k ore -- mandatory
has been proved to improve mental outcomes as well as socioeconomic outcomes. as an anecdote, i took care of a child 3 years old, diagnosed with lyme disease, very early stages, and she would not take the medicine by mouth so we wanted to give her an i.v. medicine over a long weekend like this one. and on friday afternoon at 2:00, many years ago, i argued with the insurance company about getting that i.v. medication for her as standard of care for lyme disease and they refused it. and they wanted me to use a by mouth medication that only had a 50% cure rate for a 3-year-old girl and i refused to do that. at 5:00 we stopped communicating. my request was refused, and this little girl had to come in for three days in a row to get a shot in her leg in order to get that antibiotic because we
couldn't get a i.v. placed for a long weekend and it was a fellow physician who refused our request. and they referenced medical literature -- anyway, it was a bad scene. senator sanders: thank you very uch for what you're doing. we can go on and on about the dysfunctionality of the system. and chris makes just a very basic and important -- this is the wealthiest country in the history of the world and yet we have a infant mortality rate and maternal death rates that are the highest in the industrialized world despite spending so much money on health care. and by the way, unbelieveably and historically the life expectancy in the united states is actually in decline for three years. in other words, we are spending a fortune for a health care system that is not working for
working people while the health care industry made $100 billion in profit last year. and what all of this discussion is about is saying that we demand and will have a health care system guaranteeing quality comprehensive health care to all at less cost per person once we move to a medicare for all single payor program. [applause] senator sanders: let me touch on a couple other issues and if people want, if we have time, if people are interested in selfies we can do some of that but we've got to move pretty quick plifmentdompt -- quickly. donald trump tells us that climate change is a hoax. in my view, donald trump is a oax.
and among all the stupid things , i he says every day haven't read his latest tweet which comes from our genius, but this one is not only dangerous, his belief that climate change is a hoax is not only dangerous, obviously, for our country but the entire world. so as i know that everybody here in this room understands, climate change is not a hoax, it is a very, very significant threat to the well-being of our country and the entire world. and i'm very proud to tell you that just last week we introduced the most comprehensive climate change legislation ever introduced in this country. and what it would do is
transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. what it will do is allow the united states to lead the world. we can't do it alone. we've got to work with all of the other countries on earth. and that's what i intend to do as president. but this is an issue that cannot be swept aside. the scientists are quite clear that if we don't get our act together in the next few years, the damage done to this planet will be irreparable, not able to be repaired. and we have a moral responsibility to leave this planet healthy and inhabitable for our children and grandchildren. last point i want to make and i'm sorry i have to make it given what happened in texas, and i have to make this point. unbelievable. i can't remember where i was,
california maybe and we learned about the terrible shooting that took place in el paso and i asked people to do a moment of silence and i could not believe literally the next day we have to go through that again because of the shooting in dayton and now another shooting in odessa, texas, and on and on it goes. when you talk about the bsurdity and the dysfunctionality of congress, understand that the overwhelming majority of the american people, rural, new hampshire, vermont, urban, gun owners, nongun owners understand that we need to move forward with common sense gun safety legislation. [applause] senator sanders: this is no longer a radical idea. it's not a radical idea. people want to expand background checks. people want to eliminate the gun show loophole.
they want to eliminate the so-called strongman provision and it appears right now a majority of the american people want to do what i talked about 30 years ago and that is ban the sale and distribution in this country. [applause] senator sanders: let me thank you all and just conclude by repeating what i said when i started. obviously it goes without saying that we have got to defeat donald trump. i'm proud today there was a poll that came out, a national poll had us beating trump by 14 points. we got to beat trump. we've got to beat trump. but we have to do more than beat trump. i would not be in this race if i did not believe it was absolutely imperative that we transform our economy, we transform our government, we create a government in which
the american people feel a part of, feel proud of, and that is something that i cannot do alone. we've got to do it together, so today i'm here to ask for your support in the democratic primary here in new hampshire, asking for your support to help us defeat trump and to transform this country. thank you all very, very much. cheers and applause] >> president bernie! cheers and applause]
senator sanders: hello. we've got to get you a new shirt. it's a new year, you know. >> i'm going to buy it. i'm keeping my shirt clean for the parade tomorrow, bernie. senator bernie: ok. see you there. take care. hello, guys. >> get in quick. senator sanders: hello. nice to meet you. >> i really hope you get us. senator sanders: with your help we will. my canadian friend. that was a great comment. >> thank you. >> bernie, thank you for
>> hey, bernie. senator sanders: how is it going? >> good. thank you. senator sanders: hello. how are you? >> nice to meet you. senator sanders: nice to see you. >> thank you so much. good luck. senator sanders: hello. how are you doing? >> hi. thank you so much. senator sanders: hello. how are you? thank you. senator sanders: hello.
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doing. >> thanks for coming. senator sanders: thank you. >> bernie, thank you so much for doing everything. thank you. appreciate it. senator sanders: ok. what is this here? senator sanders: hey, how are you? thank you. >> thanks, bernie. senator sanders: good, how is it going? this guy want me to sign it?
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