By Theresa Boyle and Alex McKeen
thestar.com, October 29, 2017
American Senator Bernie Sanders says insurance and drug companies, and those with extreme wealth, are hurting health care in the United States and warned Canadians not to allow that to happen on this side of the border.
“It is a shame, it is a disgrace,” he said in a speech in Toronto on Sunday, explaining that 28 million Americans do not have health insurance and that the current U.S. government wants to drop public coverage for millions more to pay for tax cuts for the most wealthy.
The independent senator from Vermont received four standing ovations from a crowd of about 1,500 at the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall as he described his crusade to reform health care in his country.
The following link includes a video of Bernie Sanders’ presentation plus an introduction by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and an interview of him by Danielle Martin. (The video is labeled “WATCH LIVE.” Since the opening quartet did not record satisfactorily, advance to 18:00 for the start.)
By Don McCanne, M.D.
This video provides a pleasant break from our somber reform activities since it demonstrates the passion of the people of a nation who really care about their health care system and are so pleased to see that someone south of their border cares as well: Bernie “Tommy Douglas” Sanders.
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