There are few things Bernie Sanders despises more than insurance companies.
The “Partnership for America’s Health Care Future" is running large ad campaigns against Medicare for All.
So who do they represent? The insurance companies and drug companies.
If we are going to win the fight for Medicare for All, I need your help. https://t.co/SgxwOp3R7e
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 6, 2019
There is only one way to fix our broken health care system. We must get rid of greedy insurance companies and pass Medicare for All. #DemDebate
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 27, 2019
Drug and insurance companies are gearing up to protect their billions in profits and stop Medicare for All.
9 of the 10 groups hiring the most lobbyists on Medicare for All oppose it.
We have something more powerful than lobbyists and money: the people. https://t.co/QwD2Xr3Ltw
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 8, 2019
Of course there’s still plenty more where that came from. Like this:
The truth is, the insurance companies and the drug companies are bribing the United States Congress.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 28, 2015
If you’re a pharmaceutical executive, or a health insurance lobbyist, keep your money. I don’t want it.
What I want is for every person in this country to have the dignity of being able to get the medical care they need, when they need it. I want #MedicareForAll.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 17, 2019
The truth is, Bernie Sanders is a hypocritical fraud — again:
— Team Trump (@TeamTrump) July 18, 2019
— JenTheWriter (@JKBell78) July 18, 2019
NEW: Bernie Sanders accepted pharmaceutical executives' donations prior to new pledge calling on Democratic candidates to reject donations from health insurance and pharma industry executives, according to an @ABC News review of FEC records. https://t.co/aJ4Vh7koKz
— ABC News (@ABC) July 17, 2019
More from ABC News:
As part of Sanders’ “No Health Insurance and Pharma Money Pledge,” which his campaign previewed in a press release Wednesday morning ahead of the “Medicare for All” speech he delivered later in the day, the senator promised “to not take contributions from the health insurance or pharmaceutical industry.”
The pledge specifically identifies “contributions over $200 from the PACs, lobbyists, or executives of health insurance or pharmaceutical companies,” excluding what it terms “rank-and-file workers employed by pharmaceutical giants and health insurance companies.” It additionally provides a list of “companies covered by the pledge,” which are members of the America’s Health Insurance Plans association and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America group.
In a review of Sanders’ publicly available campaign donation information, ABC News identified at least three contributions of more than $200 from two individual donors who could be considered executives at companies included on the list.
Go figure! But don’t worry, Bernie fans. He’s going to fix this:
In response to ABC News’ inquiry about these contributions, the Sanders campaign said it will be returning them and any other donations that don’t meet the parameters of the pledge.
“This pledge was launched today with our full knowledge that some money may need to be returned,” Sanders campaign spokesperson Sarah Ford told ABC News. “We’re glad to donate the three donations worth $2700 out of nearly $40 million received since launch.”
Assuming Bernie’s campaign actually follows through and returns those donations, is there anyone here who honestly believes that they’d even consider doing that if they hadn’t gotten busted for accepting them in the first place?
At the end of the day, you’ve either got to be on the side of the people or the side of the health insurance companies. I know which side I’m on. pic.twitter.com/P2ZVzSSXM2
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 16, 2019
So do we, Bernie. So do we.