"We are living in a dangerous and unprecedented moment in American history," Sanders told audience members. "If somebody represents us in the
Sanders added that he opposes President
Sanders referred to the high rate of childhood poverty in the
The senator said part of the solution to the child care crisis is redefining which kinds of jobs are important. He added that 25 American hedge fund managers make twice what all 140,000 American kindergarten teachers make combined, and suggesting that priorities are twisted.
Sanders expressed ambitious plans for the
He also believes that public colleges, universities and trade schools should be tuition-free, and supports cancelling all student debt.
"I will tell you exactly how we're going to pay for this," Sanders added. Since American taxpayers bailed out
Sanders supports a Medicare for All, single-payer health care system. He believes health care is a human right.
To answer how to pay for universal health care, Sanders offered, "We are already paying for it." He explained that health care in
"And yet they manage to provide health care for all their people," he added.
Sanders said the reason for the discrepancy is that health care is for-profit in
"This is inhumane, this is obscene, and together we will end that," Sanders said.
Sanders' plan includes lowering the Medicare eligibility to 55 the first year, 45 the second year, 35 the third year and no age requirement the fourth year.
He plans to pay for universal health care out of the general tax base. While he acknowledged this would mean higher taxes, he also said that in the long run, health care would be cheaper because nobody would need to pay premiums or co-pays.
Sanders also said that under his health care plan, nobody in
"We are fighting for the future of the planet," Sanders said., adding that he plans to work with other nations to combat climate change cooperatively. "This is not an American issue. This is a global issue."
To finance efforts, Sanders called for repurposing funds currently used to build weapons of war.
Sanders concluded that he believes he should win the Democratic nomination because he will not try to fix America's problems himself, but work together with the American people.
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