The Democrats had a chance to vote for an amendment, proposed by Bernie Sanders, that would help Americans be able to afford medicines they need. They didn’t. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, tell you why thirteen Democrats voted against the amendment. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. https://www.tytnetwork.com/go
“On Wednesday night, amid Senate votes for a bill that brought us one step closer to repealing the Affordable Care Act, a bipartisan group voted against an amendment to that bill proposed by Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar that could have paved the way for cheaper drugs to be imported from Canada. While a surprising number of Republicans (12) voted for the amendment, 13 Democrats voted against it. The amendment was rejected by a 46-52 vote.
Sanders supporters, among others, are very upset with the Democrats who did not vote Sanders’ way — especially Cory Booker, who some hoped will be their future president. In subreddits devoted to Sanders and progressive causes, there are multiple threads castigating the Democrats who voted against the amendment, especially as, with the number of Republicans who voted for it, they believe it would have passed. (This is not true; amendments to bills need 60 votes. Even with all Democrats voting for it, it still would only have received 59 unless Dianne Feinstein dragged herself out of post-pacemaker-surgery bed rest to vote for it.)
A popular thread on the Political Revolution subreddit is calling for the 13 Democrats to be primaried, singling out for special mention “that weasel Cory Booker” and his “treachery.” This message was also posted on the Sanders for President subreddit. Both subreddits include several other threads about the vote, framing it as Democrats bowing to pressure from pharmaceutical companies who want to continue a monopoly on that allows them to charge Americans much more for the same drug that other countries, including Canada, do. With competition from Canada, American companies would be forced to lower their prices to compete.”
Read more here: http://www.vocativ.com/392631/sanders-canada-amendment-booker/
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