Bernie Sanders just gave Republican Senators a major reality check
Just 24 hours after hernia surgery, Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was feeling spry enough to embarrass the living daylights out of his Republican colleagues in the Senate today.
The Senate was once again voting on a bill to repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, after 99 gazillion failed attempts (okay, more like over 50 failed attempts), but Republicans thought they could get 51 votes this time — which wouldn’t matter anyway, but okay.
Senator Sanders was livid, saying:
I think everybody here in the Senate understands this, the bill we are debating today is a complete waste of time. This is just another reason why the American people have so little respect for the Congress.
There are major crises facing our country and the Republican leadership once again is attempting to repeal Obamacare. I kind of lost track about how many times this effort has been made. I think in the House it was over fifty. I don’t know how many it is here in the Senate.
Sanders wasn’t quite through with the Republican Senators yet. He continued:
So let me break the news to my Republican colleagues, although I am sure that they already got the news. And that is Obama is not going to sign a bill repealing Obamacare. I think that is not likely to happen, and what we are doing today is just a waste of time.
For some odd reason, Republicans in Congress are obsessed with wasting away the perfectly good working hours on voting for budget bills they know President Obama is never going to sign. Why the hell would the President repeal his signature health law?
The budget bill the Senate voted on today also attempted to defund Planned Parenthood, only four days after a mass shooting occurred at the facility in Colorado Springs.
Then, Sanders destroys any shred of argument Republicans had left for trying to end Obamacare:
The last thing we need is a budget reconciliation bill that throws 17 million Americans off of health insurance and denies nearly 3 million women the health care they need by defunding Planned Parenthood.
The reason why the American people are angry and the reason why the Congress is so unpopular is that the Congress is not addressing the real problems that are impacting their lives each and every day. At a time when the rich are getting richer, poverty is increasing, and the middle class has been in a 40-year decline, we need a budget that improves the lives of all Americans, not just the people on the top.
Sanders explained that keeping Americans on health insurance with available access to Planned Parenthood is a matter of life and death. In fact, it’s estimated that 20,000 and 45,000 Americans die every year due to lack of health insurance.
Watch the Vermont Senator’s entire speech here:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5ZiJNmhxg4?rel=0]
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