Last updated on: 6/7/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Bernie Sanders Biography

Title:
US Senator (Independent-VT)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
Reasoning:

“Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income.”

“Issues: Medicare for All,” berniesanders.com (accessed Feb. 10, 2017)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to health care and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (Independent-VT), Jan. 3, 2007-present
  • US presidential candidate, 2016
  • Chairman, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee
  • Member, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
  • Member, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Member, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • US Representative (I-VT), 1991-2007
  • Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, 1981-1989
  • Former Director, American People’s Historical Society
  • Candidate for Governor of Vermont, 1976
  • US Senate Candidate, Liberty Union Party, 1974
  • US Senate Candidate, Liberty Union Party, 1972
  • Former Lecturer, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Former Lecturer, Hamilton College
Education:
  • BA, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1964
  • Attended Brooklyn College, 1959
Contact Info:
Phone
202-224-5141, Washington office
Email
Online Contact Form
Website
sanders.senate.gov
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @BernieSanders
  • Ran for President of the United States as a Democrat in the 2016 election and lost the party’s nomination to Hillary Clinton
  • Recipient, Col. Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award, Military Officers Association of America, 2015
  • Recipient, Congressional Award, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), 2015
  • Recipient, Patriot Award, American Legion, 2015
  • Voted against the Patriot Act and the Iraq War while serving in the House of Representatives
  • Established the first municipal housing land trust in the country for affordable housing (Burlington Community Land Trust)
  • Applied for conscientious objector status to avoid the Vietnam draft
  • Lead a multi-week sit-in at the University of Chicago to oppose segregation in off-campus housing
  • Participant in the 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I have a dream” speech
  • Former carpenter
  • Former documentary film maker
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?