Medicare for all—that’s what Bernie Sanders will be fighting for ifelected the next U.S. President.


In a speech yesterday, Sanders, the U.S. senator from Vermontand primary opponent to Hillary Clinton, discussed how hisuniversal health coverage fit into his version of socialism.


Polls have indicated that many Democrats don’t think Sanders isa viable candidate due to his long self-identification as asocialist. Sanders sought to compare himself to Franklin D.Roosevelt because, he said, like FDR, he supports broadly basedprograms designed to raise the educational, health and economicstatus of all Americans.


His address contrasted his anti-war stance to the more hawkishone of Clinton—although he didn’t mention her by name.


While Sanders did not offer details of how Medicare-for-all would work, he usedit as an example of how most developed nations approach health careand education. His point: that opponents and critics have distortedthe true meaning of socialism, a concept that lies at the heart ofmany U.S. programs and policies.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.