Surging Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has vowed to step up his attack on the "outrageous profits" of pharmaceutical companies by introducing legislation in the Senate next week to allow Medicare officials to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for seniors.
According to a 2013 study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the federal government could save as much as $541 billion over the coming decade by negotiating for lower drug prices similar to those paid in other industrialized countries.
However, as part of the landmark Medicare Part D prescription drug program enacted in 2003 during the administration of President George W. Bush, Medicare was prohibited from negotiating drug prices, setting prices or establishing uniform lists of covered drugs. read more
Her final wish: "In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign."
Just weeks after a New Jersey woman used her obituary to urge mourners not to support Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, a Florida woman used hers to rally support for Clinton's challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Nancy Dearr of Miami, who died last week at the age of 62, made one final request in her obituary: "In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign."
According to her obituary, Dearr met her husband through politics -- both worked on Sen. George McGovern's Democratic presidential campaign in 1972. She spent her early career in advertising and public relations and was active as a parent volunteer at her children's schools. read more
Sanders highlights differences with Clinton after Iowa poll shows tight race
After a new poll showed Bernie Sanders trailing Hillary Clinton in Iowa by only seven points, the Vermont senator seized a chance to differentiate himself from the establishment favourite for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Appearing on CNN, Sanders listed a number of his policy positions, including on Wall Street reform, climate change and entitlements.
BlackLivesMatter disrupts Clinton rally
to demand she cut ties with prison industrial complex.
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's rally in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday was interrupted by #BlackLivesMatter protesters who called on the candidate to acknowledge the recent deaths of multiple trans women of color.
According to Fusion, BLM staged the protest in conjunction with the GetEQUAL campaign -- a grassroots LGBT rights group -- to also demand that the former Secretary of State, New York Democratic Senator and U.S. First Lady to "divest from private prisons and invest in the liberation of black transgender women." read more
Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his progressive populism to deeply Republican South Carolina and found enthusiastic crowds totaling 10,000 during a two-day campaign swing as he made a pitch to connect with the black voters that provide most of the Democratic support in the early primary state.
In each of his South Carolina stops, Sanders linked his progressive agenda to issues and challenges important to the black community. He called for restoring sections of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court overturned and pledged to fight 'institutional racism,' with a particular focus on the criminal justice system.
Between campaign events, Sanders met with groups of black leaders, including ministers and business owners, and visited with Black Lives Matter activists after his rallies.