HARDWICK - Over the weekend, members of Vermont's Congressional Delegation gathered at the Hazen Union School in Hardwick to discuss what has been going on in Washington DC. Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Patrick Leahy, and Representative Peter Welch all attended to speak and answer questions. One of the major topics discussed was proposed changes to the Affordable Health Care Act (Obama-Care).
After a new healthcare bill by the Republicans didn't pass last week, former Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders wants to introduce his plan for a single-payer health care system to the rest of the Senate in the near future.
"I hope the ashes of this bill will lead to a collaborative effort to make health care more affordable and accessible for every American. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and improve the Affordable Care Act," said Rep. Peter Welch.
"There are many clear and compelling lessons to be drawn from the ashes of this sad and botched episode. I hope Republican leaders will set aside the Hastert Rule – under which all legislation is only passed with Republican votes – and actually let all of the people’s elected representatives take part in forging actual solutions for improving health care and the ability of all Americans to have solid, practical, good-quality and affordable health insurance," said Senator Patrick Leahy.
"The reason we defeated them is that in Vermont, and all over this country, there were rallies, there were town meetings, and people stood up and fought back. And they told Trump and Ryan, 'No, we're not going to give three-hundred billion dollars in tax breaks to the top two percent, and then throw twenty-four million Americans off of health insurance,'" Sanders said.
According to the Senators website, "Under Bernie's plan, Americans will benefit from the freedom and security that comes with finally separating health insurance from employment."
Sanders did not announce when he plans to unveil his health care plan to the rest of the Senate.