tv Bernie Sanders Campaign Event in Mason City Iowa CSPAN January 27, 2016 8:09pm-9:31pm EST
passed out of committee with well over the majority of votes in the committee and a bipartisan way and i think that signals that it should have support on the senate floor. we went through a very deliberative process and the committee and that deliberative process means a lot of issues were aired and we kind of know where we can go anywhere we can't go on this legislation. again it doesn't mean we are not willing to consider a lot of debate. we are. it doesn't mean people offer amendments that are going to be challenging. they are part in the end i think they want to keep moving forward with empowering the energy revolution we are saying we need to keep up on our side of the ledger here in the nation's capital. so much has changed in the last nine years since the 2007 at and we have a small bill in 2005. we have seen some very dramatic changes in energy rate clean energy. >> we take you live to democratic presidential candidate bernie sanders in
mason city iowa joined by actress susan sarandon. iowans are scheduled to caucus on monday. >> for giving him a chance to go on to be the president of the united states. [applause] the people of iowa didn't listen to the machine that said he was unelectable. they listen to what this man with a funny last name had to say, what he believed in. they listen to this authentic voice and they gave him a shot and now here we are again facing the machine with the same complaints except with a man who has proven over and over again that he is consistent, that he is principled and incredibly brave. [applause] i have come here because for me, gender is not what's important,
issues are what is important. [applause] i want a candidate who has the courage to stand and do the right thing when it is not popular. when the time came for the war, to vote for the war, the united states was traumatized, fearful. it was in a frenzy and the few people who have the courage to even question were cut off from the herd and labeled un-american bin laden lovers. it was a scary, scary time. very few people have the courage to even ask the questions let alone stand on the floor and make a speech that is now so prescient, so clear and so brave as bernie sanders. [applause]
is one thing to be for and marriage once everybody else's for it. that's not difficult. [applause] you know change is hard so to say that you can't go for a decent minimum wage because you can't get it. that's giving up before you have even tried. the right thing is a 15-dollar minimum wage. everybody realizes that we are being run by a machine that is being run by wall street, by big pharma, by monsanto. yeah boo. no thank you. and it is difficult and there is
one man who miraculously has managed and this may be the only man that can come up through the system through the pipeline unscathed, and peer and we now have the opportunity to make that man our choice for the president of the united states. [applause] and he is right, change is difficult than what this man is asking of us is to be the machine now. i give you bernie sanders. [applause] [applause]
[applause] [applause] >> this place goes all the way back there. [applause] let me thank all of you for coming out. this is a wonderful, wonderful turnout. let me thank charles for his ride on remarks and let me thank susan sarandon. [applause] not only for being a great actress and i've known susan for 25, 30 years and there are other great actresses and other great actors in a country but what
susan has been doing for her entire life is standing up for social justice, for economic justice and for a world of peace. [applause] suzanne thank you for all that you have done and thanks for being here tonight. [applause] let me begin a little bit talking about our campaign and picking up on some of the points that charles and susan made. and that is is there anybody here who thinks that real change comes easy knows nothing about american history or world history. frederick douglass made the point way back when, fighting to end slavery that change only
comes with struggle. freedom is never given to people you have got to fight to get it. [applause] that is what this campaign is about. yeah we are taking on wall street and the economic establishment. yeah we are taking on the political establishment. yeah we are taking on the media establishment, but that is the establishment that has to be taken on. [applause] if we are going to create the country that our people deserve. [applause] susan said some people say that's hard. that's right, it is hard. you don't take on wall street and think it's an easy struggle.
you don't take on corporate america and all of their greed and think you are going to do that overnight. but if we are going to create the nation that our people deserve, a nation that does not have the highest rate of child poverty of almost every major nation on earth, a nation which millions of seniors are not forced to live on 12, $13,000 a year, a nation which has more people in jail than any other country on earth, if you want to change that you are going to have to fight and that is what this campaign is about. [applause] when we began this campaign people said it's true bernie
comes his hair really nice. he is a fantastic dresser. but despite those realities, -- he is a french candidate. you know who in america really believes that we should be taking on the billionaire class? [applause] it turns out there are a few million people like you. i mean really, here's a really crazy idea. are you ready for a really crazy idea? i mean who in america says the establishment thinks that the united states should join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee health care to all people?
[applause] it turns out a lot of people think that. who in america says or believes that people should not be forced to work for $8 an hour or $9 an hour, that are minimum wage should be a living wage. [applause] well, it turns out that millions of people agree with that as well. so we started this campaign nine months ago without any money, without any organization and with very little name recognition outside of the state of vermont. but a lot has happened in the last nine months. [applause]
today we have hundreds of thousands of volunteers all across this country in 50 states. [applause] and let me thank the 15,000 volunteers that we have right here in the state of iowa. [applause] and here's something else that really differentiates our campaign from the other campaigns, and that is when we began, we have to ask ourselves a pretty difficult question and that is as all of you now sadly but truthfully that to run for president of the united states today, you need to raise an enormous sum of money. it's not good, but it's true and
what the pundits tell us, the only way you can raise the kind of money that you need is to form a super pac and go to wall street, go to the wealthiest people in this country for your campaign funding. well, you know what, we do not represent wall street. we don't represent corporate america. we don't want their money. [applause] so we decided to do it in a different way. what we decided to do is to go out to the working families and the middle class of this country and to say to them, if you want real change, if you want a political revolution in this country you were going to have to help us out and an amazing thing happened that i never in
my life would have dreamed of nine months ago. today we have received 2.5 million individual campaign contributions. [applause] that is more individual contributions than any campaign in the history of the united states up to this point. [applause] one of the major differences between our campaign and my opponents campaign. i am delighted to be here with you tonight in mason city. my opponent is not in iowa tonight. she is raising money from a
philadelphia investment firm. frankly, i would rather be here with you. [applause] now, when you come to the last week of a campaign, especially when you run up against a campaign that now sees itself in trouble, you know when we began this campaign we were 40 or 50 points behind. now with your help we are going to win here in iowa. [applause] needless to say our opponents are not all that enthusiastic about that reality.
they go out and they say a whole lot of things in one of the things they say is you now, bernie sanders, nice guy but he just could not win a general election. so let me make it very clear that is absolutely wrong. [applause] and let me tell you why in three reasons. in the most recent national poll that i saw hillary clinton was doing very well and she was beating donald trump -- donald trump by 10 points. they were defeating them by 15 points. [applause] now iowa and new hampshire are important not just because we are the first two states to vote
in the presidential process but both of those states are battleground states. according to the most recent polls that i have seen, hillary clinton was ahead of donald trump here in iowa by eight points. we were ahead by 13 points. [applause] in new hampshire the last poll that i saw, she was defeating donald trump by one point. that's good. we were defeating him by 19 points. [applause] but it is not just polls. polls go up and polls go down.
here is what is most important. republicans win national elections and state elections when people become more allies, when they give up on the political process and when they don't vote. an example of that was just a year ago in november, republicans won a landslide victory, recaptured and took the senate all across america. in that election 63% of the american people didn't vote. 80% of young people didn't vote. that's how republicans win elections. that by the way is why republicans all over this country are busy trying to suppress the vote. they love it when people can't vote and don't vote for
democrats and progressives win elections as was the case in 2008 when the american people stand up, get involved in the political process and come out and vote in large numbers. [applause] i think anybody who objectively and fairly look at our campaign versus our opponents campaign knows that the energy, the enthusiasm, the momentum is with us. [applause] what our campaign is doing is reaching out to millions and millions of working-class, middle-class young people and
say if you want a government that represents all of the people and not just a few, come on board political revolution. [applause] that is exactly what we are seeing and the third reason we will win a general election is we will expose republicans for what they are. [applause] let me just give you an example of some of the views that donald trump has. it is not just his racist and bigoted language telling the american people that the people
coming here from mexico are rapists or criminals or drug dealers. that's right. one would have thought that by the year 2016 we would have gotten beyond that type of xenophobia and racism. [applause] it's not that he just told us that we saw on television thousands of muslims in new jersey celebrating the destruction of the twin towers when nobody else in america saw that on television and it never happened. that is called pathological lying. [applause] and it's not just that he has suggested that muslims should
not be able to come into our country insulting one of the large religions in this world and doing enormous damage to america's image from one end of this world to the other. a fierce debate to place in the parliament in london about whether or not they should allow him to come into their country and that was labor people. this man is insulting minorities. he escaped goading and we don't want him to come to our country. think about how this man is going to deal with the world when he can't even deal with our strongest ally. [applause] but it is more than not. here is a man who is a
multi-multibillionaire and he thinks that we shouldn't raise the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. this is a man who in a republican debate after insulting everybody on the stage and half of america came up with the brilliant conclusion that wages in america are too high. this is a man who thinks that we should give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the families of the top two tenths of 1%, and this is the man when at a time when virtually the
entire scientific community is telling us that climate change is real, caused by human activity is doing devastating harm this is the man who tells us that climate change is a hoax invented by the chinese. now i were shocked by that remark because i thought a great scientist like donald trump would at least been consistent and told us that the hoax of climate change was caused by mexicans. or muslims. but the chinese? well, i don't know. [laughter] this republican party, and they speak to you as a ranking
member, the leader of the democrats on the senate budget committee. this is a political party in the senate that voted to throw 27 million people off of health insurance. now, when you ask them as i did, i said tell me mr. chairman what happened when you threw 27 million people out, how many people would die? how many people will get much sicker than they should be? they have no answer. they do not care. this is a political party in the senate budget which proposed the ending of medicare and converting it to a voucher
program. and what that means is you would give seniors a check maybe for $8000 and then they go out looking for private health insurance. well, if you are 85 years of age and you are dealing with cancer, you tell me what kind of insurance policy you are going to get for $8000. virtually nothing. that's what they want to do. this is a party in the senate that at a time when young people are finding it harder and harder to afford college proposed $90 billion in cuts in pell grant funding. this is a party who in their senate budget at a time when
seniors cannot afford the outrageously high cost of prescription drugs proposed raising prescription drug costs for seniors. that agenda, those policies when exposed to the light of day, there's nothing more than i would enjoy doing that exposing those policies to the american people. [applause] my friends, a republican candidate running on those issues is not going to become president of the united states. [applause] now, one of the reasons that we have been successful i believe in this campaign is because we are running a simple straightforward campaign that is
talking truth to the american people and talking about the real issues that face our country and that we have the courage to propose real answers to the problems that we face. [applause] and let me preface my remarks by telling you all what i think most of you already know, and that today in america we are the wealthiest country in the history of the world, but most people don't know that because almost all of the new wealth and income is going to the top 1%. and let me tell you something else. my republican friends get very nervous when we talk about concepts like redistribution of
wealth. but here's the truth. in the last 30 years in this country there has been a massive redistribution of wealth. the problem is it has gone in the wrong direction. [applause] it is gone from the pockets in the hands of hard-working people , the middle-class and working-class, into the hands of the top one tenth of 1%. today in america we have more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth and it is worse here now than at any time since 1928. today in america and i would like you to hear this. you don't see it on tv and you won't read it in the papers, today in america of the top one
tenth of 1% now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. today in america, the 20 wealthiest people in our country own more wealth than the bottom 150 million bottom half of america. today in america,, now this is the united states of america we are talking about. this is not some little oligarchies someplace, this is america. today in america the wealthiest family in this country the walton family who owns walmart, they alone own more wealth than the bottom 40% of the american people, one family. and here's something about the walton family that is important to this discussion and that as
many of my republican colleagues go around the country and they talk about welfare abuse, about poor people ripping off the welfare system. the largest recipient of welfare in america today is the walton family, the wealthiest family in america. [applause] and here is why. walmart is the largest private sector employer in our country and yet many of the workers at walmart are on medicaid, they are on food stamps, they are in subsidized housing all of which you provide through your taxes and the reason that the workers at walmart are on medicaid, food stamps and subsidized housing is because the walton family refuses to pay their workers a
living wage. [applause] so i say to the walton family pay your workers a decent wage. [applause] and it's not just wealth inequality. when we talk about our economy to major points have to be made. number one, we are much better off today than we were when george w. bush left office seven years ago. [applause] you have got to be easy on the republicans. they suffer from a very serious illness called amnesia. they have forgotten the world
that george w. bush left to president obama and to all of us in 2008. but i will remind my republican friends about that world. that was the world in which 800,000 americans were losing their jobs every month. that was a world in which we were running up the largest deficit, $1.4 trillion, in the history of our country. that was a world in 2008 where the world's financial system was on the verge of collapse. so it is fair to say that under president obama and vice president obama we have made real progress in the last seven
years. [applause] but here is another truth, and that is that while the economy today is better than a was, much better if the other reality is that for the last 40 years the great middle-class of our country, and middle-class that was once the envy of the entire world, that middle-class has been disappearing. in vermont, and iowa and all over the country we have people who are working not one job but two jobs or three jobs. we have people who are working so hard just to cobble together enough income and health care to take care of their families. all over this country you have
mom working, you have got dad working, you have got the kids working and you have families that are stressed out economically, marriages that are suffering from the stress, kids not getting the attention they deserve because their parents are working so hard and while our people are working so hard and by the way we and america work the longest hours of any people in the industrialized world. the japanese are very hard workers. we now work longer hours than the japanese. so with all of our people working such long hours, it turns out that despite that, despite that, 58% of all income generated today is going to the top 1%. now my friends, when you have an economy in which the top one
tenth of 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%, when you have an economy in which 58% of all the income goes to the top 1%, you have an economy that is rigged. [applause] now how would you like to hear a radical idea tonight? are you ready for a radical idea? [applause] what about creating an economy for working families and the middle class not just the top 1%. [applause] when we talk about the economy we have got to talk about jobs. every month the federal government comes out with a report on employment and what you see on the front pages of
your paper, what you see on tv is official unemployment, 5%. anybody here believe that unemployment in america is really 5%? you are right. because there's another report the government comes out with which includes people who have given up looking for work and millions of people working part-time when they want to work full time. that number is close to 10% and then let me give you another number which is very very frightening and unacceptable. i asked an economist who was studying youth unemployment what kind of real unemployment is there for kids to graduate high school and you know what the answer was? kids were white, 33% of them were unemployed. latino, 36%, african-american 51%.
now this is a tragedy for the young people themselves. they want to get out of the house and start earning money and become independent but above and beyond that if anybody in this room tonight things but there is not a direct correlation between that high rate of youth unemployment and another american tragedy and that is that we have more people in jail than any other country on earth. if you don't see the correlation you are missing a very important point. [applause] so here is another radical idea. are you ready for the second radical idea tonight? what about investing in education and jobs? [applause] rather than jails and
incarceration? [applause] and when we talk about our economy and why it is that people work so hard, work so many hours the answer is pretty obvious and that is that wages in america are just too low. the $7.25 minimum wage in my view is a starvation wage. now you can do the arithmetic. don't do it right now, do it when you get home. you can take out your calculator , multiply $8, $9, 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year and the a sum of money that you were going to come up with would not be enough for an individual
to survive on less alone a family. in america, when people work 40 hours a week they should not be forced to live in dire poverty. [applause] and that is why i believe we should raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next several years. [applause] and when we talk about jobs and the need to put our people back to work, it is clear to me that we need a massive federal jobs program and what that means is that we should not be firing teachers, we should be hiring
teachers. [applause] it means that when we have a childcare and pre-k system that is extremely dysfunctional, that millions of american parents desperately are searching for quality, affordable childcare, they can't find it. we have got to address that problem by hiring hundreds of thousands of well-trained, well paid people to take care of americans little ones. [applause] when we talk about creating jobs , we should understand that our infrastructure, our roads, our bridges and our water system , and we don't know what's going on in flint michigan, our wastewater plants, our rail
system, our airports, our levees and their dams need an enormous amount of work because in many parts of the country they are disintegrating. i believe if we invest $1 trillion in rebuilding our infrastructure we can make america safer and more for that if and we can create 13 million jobs. [applause] now people say well a trillion dollars in washington that's a lot of money. how are you going to pay for that? i will tell you how. right now you have major corporations that make billions of dollars a year in profits but in any given year, because they stashed their profits in the cayman islands and other tax havens, they end up in a given
year not paying a nickel in federal income taxes. what we are going to do this and that loophole. they are going to pay their taxes. [applause] and we are going to use that revenue to rebuild our infrastructure and put our people back to work. [applause] and when we talk about equitable wages and raising the minimum wage i hope that every man in this room will stand with the women in the fight for pay equity for women workers. [applause] women should not be earning 79 cents on the dollar compared to men. that's nothing more than
old-fashioned sexism. to dictate -- together we are going to change that. [applause] now here in iowa because you have the first caucus or primary in the nation, you have a lot of politicians running for your state and your going to hear from a lot of republicans who talk about family values. you hear republicans talking about family values and how much they love family. i hope that everybody in this room understands what republicans mean by family values. what they mean, what they mean and what they are deadly serious hidden meaning is that no woman in this room in this state are in this country should have the right to control her own body.
i disagree. [applause] what the republicans mean by family values is they want to de-fund planned parenthood. i want to expand funding for planned parenthood. [applause] what the republicans mean by family values is to tell our brothers and sisters they do not have the right to get married. i disagree. [applause] now i will will not shock anybody here to suggest that there is a lot of hypocrisy in politics.
i know, i know, i'm sorry to disillusion you. i know that you thought that everything, every thing that ever politician did was honest and straightforward. sadly i have to inform you that is not true and when you think about the highest form of hypocrisy, let me give you what i think to be the case. my republican colleagues go around the country telling us how much they hate the government. they want to cut social security they want to cut medicare. they want to cut medicaid rate they want to do away with the epa. they hate the post office. they ate every government agency there ever was. they want to get the government off our backs. when it comes to whether or not a woman should be able to make a very personal choice, in that
case they love the government and want the government to make that choice for that woman. that is hypocrisy. [applause] now jane who you just met, and i have been married 27 years. [applause] i don't know how she did it but, we have been married 27 years. we have four kids and seven beautiful grandchildren and we believe very much in family and family values. when we talk about family values it's a very different way than republicans talk about it and when i talk about family values i talk about ending the international embarrassment of the united states of america being not only the only major
country on earth, wealthy country but almost the only country on earth that does not guarantee paid family and medical leave. [applause] and what that means is that today in iowa and vermont, all over this country when men are having babies and that is for all of you who are parents and you know what an extraordinary moment that is answered pretty big day for the baby as well. but here is the reality. if that mom and iowa or vermont does not have a lot of money, she will be forced to be separated from her newborn baby in a week, two weeks, three weeks and she will have to go
back to work to earn enough money to take care of her family. that is wrong. that is not what should happen in this great country and that is why i am strongly supporting legislation that will provide three months of paid family and medical leave. [applause] now that legislation is not free it costs money. it will cost the average worker about $1.68 a week. i think that is a good investment for people to be able to take care of their children. [applause] in this campaign, i have talked
a lot about the realities of american, political and economic life and there are people who don't really like to hear what i say. i have been criticized time and time again but i believe getting back to the point that susan sarandon made him few minutes ago that if we are not honest, if we are not willing to have the courage to be the real issues out on the table, then we cannot go for it. yeah it will be hard but we have got to understand what goes on and what we are up against. we have to understand why the middle-class is declining and almost all the income and wealth goes to the top 1% did we have to understand why it is that congress continues to represent the interests of the wealthy and the powerful at the expense of
ordinary americans. let me tell you briefly one-story which i think encompasses a lot of what is going on in this country and why the american people are angry and why they are demoralized and here's the story. a couple of weeks ago goldman sachs, which is one of the largest financial institutions in this country and major wall street firm, reached a settlement with the united states government to pay $5 billion in fines, and they agree to pay those fines because they were different thing the american people and investors and they were selling sub-prime mortgage packages which were essentially worthless and they knew it. $5 billion, that's reality number one.
and distrustful of their government today. this company, this financial institution paid out a five billion dollars fine. if some kid in iowa or vermont today is picked up possessing marijuana that cable get a police record which will stay with them for the rest of his life. but the executives on wall street who drove this country into the worst economic recession since the great depression with greed and illegal behavior resulting in millions of americans losing their jobs and homes, life savings, these executives to pay billions of dollars in
settlement agreements with the government, not one of them is been prosecuted.has been prosecuted. not one of them has a criminal record. and the answer, somebody says why not. when these guys on wall street is greed and recklessness four-star economy to the verge of collapse they went to the middle class and go to bail out because the banks are too big to fail. if they went down they would take half the economy with them. well, it turns out that not only do we have banks that are too big to fail we have bankers that are too big to jail.
and we talk about ways that our country have got to move forward will got to understand that the campaign finance system that we have right now is corrupt, undermining american democracy. [applause] i am proud to tell you that i am the only democratic candidate for president he does not have a super pack. [applause] now, when you have a situation well which is the case right now, whereas a result of this disaster systems defer citizens united supreme court decision you have a
situation where billionaires are able to poor 100 million in this campaign cycle, when you have billionaires buying elections, that is not democracy, that is oligarchy. together we are going to change that. [applause] when we talk about what goes on in america today, for this country to see we need to have the best educated workforce in the world, everybody knows that. truth is 30 or 40 years ago we had a educated workforce. today we have hundreds of thousands of bright qualified young people have
the ability to do well in college, who want to go to college but youwho cannot go to college for one reason. another reason is their families lack of funds. that is not only unfair to those young people, it is unfair to the future of our economy because we need to tap the intellectual resources of all of our people. and thatpeople. and that is why i believe that in the year 2016 only look at public education we cannot only be looking at education up to 12 grade. 50, 60 years ago when you had a high school degree he went to public high school, got out, you could get a pretty good job. today in many ways and that
is why i believe we should make public colleges and universities tuition free. [applause] i hear from people high student debt and high interest rates on the student debt. anyone here wereanyone here were student debt? all over the country millions of people. now stop and think for aa 2nd. as a nation our job should be to encourage young people to get all the education that they need.
that is what we should be doing. should not be punishing people because they sought to have an education. now, i go around iowa and this is what i year,i year, a few weeks ago talk to a young man. he works in sustainable energy, his pain 53 percent of his income in student debt. talk to a young woman in burlington, vermont a few years ago. her dream was to become a medical dr. working in primary health care for low income people. her punishment for doing exactly what our society needs was $300,000 in debt. then a few months ago i was in des moines and i
mentioned that fact, a woman comes after me and says 300,000, i just graduated dental school 400,000 in debt. i was in nevada last month. guy comes up to me for 55 years of age and has been paying off student debt for 25 years, more in debt today that he was only started paying it off and is worried that social security will be garnished. that is crazy. that is crazy. so if we want the best educated workforce in the world we have to make educational opportunities available command we do not
burn people get a college or graduate degree with outrageous debt and that is why as part of my legislation we're going to allow students and graduates with student debt to refinance loans but the lowest possible interest rate that they can find. [applause] now, some people say it's a great idea. giving it all the way. how are you going to pay for that? i'll tell you. through attacks on wall street. [applause] now, when wall street went under it went to the middle class for a bailout. now it is wall street's turn to help the middle class. [applause]
as adults and grandparents we have a moral responsibility, moral responsibility to leave this planet to our children and grandchildren in a way that is healthy and habitable. [applause] and i want you all think about it. i want you all to think about what people will be saying 60 or 70 years from now. and they will be saying, why didn't you act in terms of climate change we should have? you knew what was going to happen. the senate environmental committee all over our
country and all over the world. and here's the truth, the debate is over, cloud over, climate change is real. it is caused by human activity. [applause] it is already causing devastating problems in our country. if elected president i will hopefully the effort to reach out and help lead the effort to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and transform our energy system away from fossil fuels energy efficiency and sustainable energy. [applause] now, i want to connect a few thoughts. i want you to ask yourself how it happens that we have a major political party who
refused to even acknowledge climate change let alone be prepared to do anything about it. it happens because a republican candidate set up and say climate change is real and has to be dealt with on that day that republican candidate would lose campaign contributions. and that is what a corrupt campaign finance system is doing to our country. i say think about your kids, think about your grandchildren, think about the future of this planet. stop worryingplanet. stop worrying about where you will get your campaign contributions. [applause]
what this campaign is about is asking people to think big, not small. to understand that in the wealthiest country in the history of the world where we stand together there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. [applause] now, it turns out that the united kingdom provides healthcare all of the people. germany does not call france does not, scandinavia does not come all and does not comemy candidate does it. in fact, every major country on earth guarantees healthcare tohealth care to all of their people. we do not. i have been criticized for this, butthis, but let me be honest and clear with everybody in this room.
yes, iyes, i do believe that health care is a right of all people, not privilege. [applause] and yes,yes, i do believe that we should move to a medicare for all single-payer program. [applause] now, i am on the committee that helped her idea for the care act. i helped write it and vote for and i am proud of the many accomplishments that the affordable care act brought about. before the aca private insurance companies had this obscenity of pre-existing conditions. which meant that if you were a person who had known us they would not ensure you for that illness.
that isis like getting fire insurance ask if they want to assure you if you fire. totally absurd, totally crazy. we have added almost 18 million more americans into the ranks of the insured. we should be proud of that. [applause] he have gone a long way to end discrimination against women who previously had to pay more for health insurance because they were women. so we have made progress in a number of areas, but -- and this is the butt, today in america 29 million people29 million people still have no health insurance and many more are underinsured with high
deductibles and high copayments. as i go around the state asking, anyone here have deductibles? what kind of deductibles do you have? 6500? 5,000? 4500? 3000? okay. i have talked to people, talks to a guy in talked to a guy in a family of six: $13,000 deductible. what happens to somebody who does not have a lot of money but as i deductible or copayment? you don't go to the doctor. what happens when you don't go to the dr. he is sick? you get more sick. i have talked to doctors all over the country. they tell me that patients walk into their offices much, much more sick than
they should be. the dr. says tell me, why didn't you come in here six months ago when you 1st thought your symptoms? and people say, well, i have a high deductible. some of those people die when they should not have because they got to the dr. too late. others and up in the hospital in great pain and greater expense to the system. furthermore, one in five americans today cannot afford to fill the prescriptions the doctors are prescribing. now, think for a moment how crazy it is. you go to the dr. because you are sick, the dr. gives you a diagnosis, writes your prescription and you can afford to fill it because the cost of prescription drugs in this country is outrageously high. we are getting ripped off of the drug companies and we
are paying the highest prices in the world for medicine. [applause] these are the realities that we face today. i'lltoday. i'll tell you one brief story. in the late 1990s when i was a vermont congressman i took a bus load of women from vermont over the canadian border. you know why? that's right. these were women who are suffering from breast cancer all working-class women. we wewomen. we got up to montréal and they bought the medicine they needed for 110th the 10th the price, 10 percent of what they were paying in vermont. if elected president, trust me, the pharmaceutical industry will stop ripping off the american people. [applause]
today and america we have millions of seniors and disabled veterans and people with disabilities. they are struggling to keep their heads above water. i just had a meeting the other day in iowa falls, and we heard from people trying to tell us with great emotion about what it is like to live on $10,000 a $10,000 a year from wars like to live on 12,000 a year. now, i think that when you have millions of seniors and disabled vets trying to get by on 12, $13,000 year we should not be doing what the republicans are proposing which is to cut social security,security, we should be expanding social security benefits. [applause]
from barack obama was here in 2,008 he had a proposal. and i introduce legislation legislation based upon the proposal, and the proposal is pretty simple. it says that today when somebody is a millionaire and somebody is making a hundred 18,000 year they are both paying the same amount of money in the social security trust fund. if you lift the on taxable income going into social security and you started $250,000 while we can extend the life of social security for 50 years from today, increase benefits for people making less than $16,000 a year by $1300 year. that will make a difference in a lot of people's lives. lives.people's lives. that is what we should be
doing. [applause] all of you are aware that we are living in a very dangerous world, and when you turn on the tv you see horrible, horrible acts of barbarity and atrocities. andatrocities. and nobody has any magical answer to these problems, but this is what i think. youi think. you are looking at somebody who when he was in the house of representatives listens to what george w. bush and dick cheney lie donald rumsfeld and all of those guys had to say about their view about iraq. i listened iraq. i listened carefully and said they are wrong. i voted against the war. [applause] and as you go to my website,
you go to youtube, listen to what i said on the floor of the house about my fears about what would happen if we invaded iraq. it gives me no joy to tell you that much of what i feared would happen did happen. that was then. now is now. and now we are confronted with aa barbaric organization called isys which in my view must be destroyed. but, what we must be as not just tough, we must be smart , and to be smart in my view means we must not get our young men and women in the military bogged down in perpetual warfare in the quagmire of the middle east. [applause] what that means is that the
united states must draw strong and coronary coalition. king abdulla of jordan made a very important point a few months ago, and what he said is obviously terrorism is an international issue, impacts the world, but it is primarily an issue of the muslim people because groups have hijacked their religion, the soul of their religion and have converted it into a barbaric way of life. and what he said, and i agree with him, is that at the end of the day it must be muslim troops on the ground destroying isys with the support of the major powers on earth. and i agree with that.
[applause] butbut i believe that the united states, uk, france, germany, russia, all of the major countries around the world should be active in supporting through air efforts, training of troops, helping the muslim troops on the ground destroy, and year maybe, maybe, maybe, and that is, as you know, the iraqi army has not, the iraqi army has not been a terribly effective fighting force. that is right. that is an understatement. but in the the last few months we have seen some progress. as you know, the iraqi army fought effectively and has retaking ramani. and it turns out that in the
last year isi s has lost 40% of the territory that a controlled iraq. [applause] i believe we have got to train the iraqi army, trained our friends in the region, but i will do everything that i can to see that our young men and women do not get caught up in never-ending warfare in the quagmire of the region. [applause] let me just go back to the point that susan sarandon made a moment ago. well, it was more than a moment ago. a few moments ago. and what her.was was, change is never easy. change never comes without
struggle.struggle. change never comes unless we have the courage to stand up to oppression. that is the history of the civil rights movement, the history of the women's movement, the history of the gang movements, the history of the environmental movement. the only way that change takes place is when millions of people become engaged and stand up. [applause] let me just say something command i am the only candidate who tells you this, but it is true. i cannot do it alone. no president can do it alone because the powers that be on wall street,street, corporate america, the corporate media, the coke brothers and all these powerful special interests, no president can do it alone. the only way we transform this country is when