Bernie will fight with us for a Medicare for All health insurance program, administered by the federal government and paid for by taxes calculated based on income. The program will cover everyone, and everything — including dental, vision, reproductive health, mental health, and pharmaceuticals. All services will be free at the point of use: no copays, premiums, or deductibles.
In the last few decades, the private insurance and pharmaceutical companies have spent billions of dollars to protect their ability to profit off ordinary people in our time of need. Bernie’s Medicare for All plan will put an end to their exploitation. Average Americans will save thousands of dollars on healthcare per year, and what we do spend will go to covering a true universal healthcare program, not to lining corporations’ pockets.
Our planet is on the brink of climate catastrophe. We can save it with a Green New Deal, which will put millions of people to work building new sustainable infrastructure and transitioning our energy system away from fossil fuels. We can pay for this by taxing the rich who profit from the earth’s destruction, and we can also put an end to their continued pollution of our environment and harmful extraction practices.
Bernie’s Green New Deal is a plan to reach 100% renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization by 2050 at latest. It will be a nationwide mobilization on the scale of the New Deal or World War II. Anything less is inadequate.
Bernie’s Green New Deal will create twenty million good-paying union jobs that will rebuild our nation’s infrastructure and make it safe and sustainable. This massive jobs program will force unemployment to plummet and wages to rise across the board.
But it’s not enough to for everyone to have a job. They have to be good jobs. Bernie’s Workplace Democracy Plan will make it easier for people to join unions and for unions to negotiate from a position of power for what working people deserve. For those who aren’t in unions, Bernie will fight for a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour, and to ensure that every worker gets paid family and medical leave, paid sick leave, and paid vacation.
Bernie proposes universal childcare and pre-kindergarten programs. These would give every kid equal education opportunities from the start, and give working parents a break.
Bernie’s education plan will establish a national per-pupil spending floor for public schools, allowing them to provide the high-quality education our kids deserve, regardless of zip code. Teachers deserve more too, which is why Bernie’s plan will establish a minimum teacher salary of $60,000 nationwide. He also proposes a ban on for-profit charter schools and a moratorium on all new charters, measures that will help protect our public school system from the privatization agenda of Betsy DeVos and her billionaire friends.
Bernie also proposes to make public college tuition-free and cancel all student loans. Eliminating tuition and student debt will give working-class young people the opportunity to prepare for the future without doing major financial damage to themselves and their families.
Bernie believes “that every American should have a fundamental right to safe, decent and affordable housing.” As mayor of Burlington, Bernie helped established a pioneering a community land trust program to keep rents down. As president, he wants to invest in programs like this across the country. In Congress, Bernie introduced legislation to preserve and rehabilitate 1.5 homes for low-income renters. As president, he aims to expand this to 7.5 million homes, and to invest in our nation’s public housing stock too.
Bernie will stand with communities fighting against real estate speculation, gentrification, and working-class displacement. He will support our efforts to create community land trusts, control rents, protect homeowners from predatory lending, and build affordable and high-quality public housing. The purpose of housing should be to provide shelter, not generate profit.
Ever since Occupy Wall Street’s refrain, “We are the 99%,” fighting inequality has been the beating heart of the US left, and that project has only been amplified by Bernie Sanders and DSA. It’s not enough to win good policies if we don’t address the fundamental injustices of economic and social inequality.
In 2019, women still make about 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. Over a 40-year career, Black women earn nearly a million dollars less than their white male counterparts. LGBTQ+ rights are still under threat in the workplace and beyond, and the voting rights of people of color are under constant attack. Bernie’s platform goes to the heart of these inequalities, to rebuild a unified working class that can lift up the oppressed as it fights back against the 1% that divides and exploits us all.
The U.S. imprisons more people than any country on the planet, and keep millions more in jail or under constant threat by militarized police in our poorest neighborhoods. Meanwhile, undocumented immigrants live in fear of losing their families and homes.
Bernie’s platform calls for an end to cash bail, an end to the decades-long War on Drugs, and an end to the prison-industrial complex. A Prisoner Bill of Rights will abolish the death penalty and end solitary confinement. Police surveillance technology and militarization will be drastically cut, and inhumane family separation policies at the border ended.
Under a Sanders presidency, we will stop excessive sentencing and cut the incarcerated population in half. Most importantly, we will publicly invest in our communities to minimize the role of police and prisons altogether.
There’s a reason Bernie is the only major presidential candidate with zero billionaire donors. Wall Street’s parasitic role in our society must be addressed head-on. A tax on Wall Street speculation will pay for Medicare for All, while also draining the coffers of the billionaire class so they can’t continue to buy our politicians and dominate the working class.
In a Sanders administration, “too big to fail” will become “too big to exist,” with the breakup of the big banks. The predatory payday loan industry and ridiculous credit card interest will be replaced by postal banking. We will get money out of politics, ending the open bribery of Citizens United, and publicly funding elections by the people, for the people.
There are now US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who were born after 9/11. We are in a state of endless war, and constantly expanding to new fronts, killing untold thousands.
Bernie voted against the War in Iraq and just last year led the fight to invoke, for the first time, the War Powers Act, to stop the illegitimate US-backed Saudi war in Yemen. The military-industrial complex has, for decades, not only killed thousands around the world, but has also bought and sold our political system, and kept hundreds of billions of dollars in a bloated military budget that could be used to uplift the working class rather than send its children to their deaths. Bernie calls for a drastic cut in military spending and a restoration of democratic accountability for US intervention across the globe.
Free trade isn’t free. The owning class has profited in untold billions on the backs of a left-behind working class in the US and abroad. The global flow of capital with no controls or democratic oversight has led to a race to the bottom over the past fifty years, and Bernie has been on the front lines to break the two-party consensus around free trade neoliberalism.
Under a Bernie administration, we’ll stop blaming foreign and domestic workers and place the blame where it belongs: on profit-hungry multinational corporations. We’ll institute real capital controls, end corporate tax havens, and stop incentivizing companies to squeeze the international working class for every penny. A Sanders presidency will rebuild the most heavily impacted communities by investing in the working class at home and ending the race to the bottom abroad.