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Media Advisory: NPR News Interview with Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally in Omaha, Neb., on April 20. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally in Omaha, Neb., on April 20.

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Monday, June 19, 2017; Washington D.C. In an interview airing on Tuesday's Morning Edition, NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with Senator Bernie Sanders about efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, and the recent shooting at a Republican baseball practice.

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Excerpts from the conversation are available below.

When asked about Republican efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act, Sen. Sanders said:

"We have 10 or a dozen Republicans meeting behind closed doors, determining the future of one sixth of the American economy. What we do know is that it is going to be largely based on the disastrous House bill which passed last month, which threw 23 million Americans off of health insurance, raised premiums for older workers, defunded Planned Parenthood and which would give enormous tax breaks to the wealthiest people in this country while cutting Medicaid by $800 million."

When asked about healthcare costs, Sen. Sanders said:
Why are we the only major country on Earth not to guarantee healthcare to all people as a right? Why do we pay double per capita for healthcare compared to any other major country? Why do we pay the highest prices in the world by far for prescription drugs? My view is we should join the rest of the industrialized world and work toward a Medicare for all single-payer program.

When asked about last week's shooting at the Republican baseball practice, and that the shooter was identified as a volunteer for Sen. Sander's presidential campaign, Sen. Sanders said:
"It's horrible. Look, first of all let me wish Representative Scalise and the others who were wounded a full recovery. This is a tragedy. Violence has no place in American politics and all of us have got to do everything we can to see that something like this never happens again. What I can tell you, Rachel, is that during the course of my presidential campaign we had hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of thousands of volunteers. People actively involved, we had rallies with 25, 30,000 people, not one scintilla of violence in any of these rallies. The overwhelming majority of progressives in this country understand what Dr. Martin Luther King taught us, is that change comes from the bottom on up, it's when millions of people stand together and fight for justice. And you do it in a nonviolent way.

PLEASE NOTE: A transcript of the interview is available upon request, but is embargoed until airtime on June 20th


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