Sen Bernie Sanders slammed congressional Republicans’ health care plan on Tuesday during the keynote address at a New York college commencement ceremony, but has fallen short on a health promise of his own.
Sanders, I-Vt., who received an honorary doctorate from CUNY Brooklyn College, speech in a familiar campaign rhetoric to the beginning of the ceremony, the rays of Republicans’ health care plan, the American Health Care Act, which the house of representatives passed last month and is currently awaiting action in the Senate.
He also took aim in the Trump administration’s budget proposal, presented last week, and the President of the tax plan.
“The Republican leadership, 23 million Americans cut from health insurance, cut Medicaid by over $800 million, food cut stamps, defund planned Parenthood, she wants to Start and after-school programs, and make drastic cuts in Pell Grants and programs that help children from the working class, will be able to go to college,” said Sanders. “And incredibly, at the exact same time, you throw people out of health care, you have the chutzpah to $300 million in tax breaks for the top 1 percent.”
“Chutzpah” is a Yiddish word for “supreme self-confidence” or “nerves.”
“Working-class and middle-class families are struggling,” said Sanders. “Cuts to the life-and-death programs, which could mean that the survival or non-survival, is for these families.”
Sanders adds: “We bring health for all as a right, not a privilege.”
Sanders, for his part, promised to Vermont constituents in a town hall in March, he would. the introduction of a single-payer health care plan “in a few weeks”, but not yet for the introduction of such laws A spokesman for Sanders’ office told Fox News that they are working on the bill and plan the roll-out of the legislation, “this summer.”
“This is the best timeline I can give right now,” the speaker told Fox News in an E-Mail.
Sanders in his speech, the issue of tuition-free colleges and universities, and reducing student loan debt, but painted a bleak picture for the Brooklyn College graduate, say we face a “serious crisis”: “you know and I know, these are tough times for our country.”
“We live in an oligarchical community,” said Sanders, the graduates. “We have a corrupt political system that undermines American democracy and it is important that we talk about and understand.”
Sanders told the graduates that it is their role in the future of the US-American “morality.”
“The issues we deal with today: economic problems, social problems, racism, the environment – affect not only your life, but you impact on the lives of future generations,” said Sanders. “You don’t have the moral right to turn their backs on the salvation of this planet and save future generations.”
He added: “The only real response we can make is to stand up and fight back, American democracy and create a government that works for all of us-not just the 1 percent.”
Before Sanders took the podium, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, also made remarks at Brooklyn College introduction, referring to this era of “fake news”.
“The Internet has so much information at your fingertips, it is sometimes hard to figure out what’s important,” Schumer said. “And to discern what is true and what is not.”
Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.