Sen. Bernie Sanders will address the public Thursday on the “health and economic crisis” facing the United States as the coronavirus spreads across the nation, causing layoffs, threatening entire industries, and exposing gaping holes in America’s social safety net.
Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has argued that the coronavirus pandemic represents a powerful case for Medicare for All and other progressive policy goals like paid sick leave, all of which would soften the blow for workers and others affected by the outbreak.
“Today some 87 million Americans remain uninsured or underinsured,” Sanders tweeted Wednesday. “The absurdity of our healthcare system is becoming more and more obvious as we face the challenge of the coronavirus. We need Medicare for All.”
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Sanders and his 2020 Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden have both been forced to cancel campaign events due to the coronavirus, which has infected over 1,400 people and killed at least 40 in the United States.
The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that it is moving the presidential debate scheduled for Sunday from Phoenix, Arizona to Washington, D.C. “out of an abundance of caution and in order to reduce cross-country travel.”
“All parties have decided that the best path forward is to hold Sunday’s debate at CNN‘s studio in Washington, D.C., with no live audience,” DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement.Print