Nearly 57 million Americans lack adequate primary health care. Thousands of new primary care doctors are needed. “But the deck is stacked against a big increase, given medical school cultures that push students toward specialization,” according to Sunday’s New York Daily News. “It’s a wildly irrational system,” said Bernie, who chairs a Senate subcommittee on primary health care. “We do not need more specialists. We need primary care physicians in rural and poor urban areas.”
|Senate to Obama: Hands Off
Social Security, Veterans
The Senate went on record opposing President Obama’s proposal to cut Social Security and disabled veterans’ benefits. A budget bill passed on Saturday included a Bernie provision against adopting a stingier consumer price index. The proposed new way to measure inflation is the centerpiece of a “grand bargain” Obama wants with congressional Republicans. “This is a strong signal that when push comes to shove the Senate is going to oppose any effort to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, disabled veterans and their survivors,” Bernie said.
|Too Big to Jail?
The nation’s biggest banks are bigger today than before taxpayers bailed them out after the 2008 financial collapse. Now, Attorney General Holder says some banks are so big that it would disrupt the economy to bring criminal charges against them. “In other words, we have a situation now where Wall Street is not only too big to fail, they are too big to jail,” Bernie said. According to a new poll, most Americans want the government to break up big banks.
|Lessons from Europe
Polls show that more than 70 percent of Americans favor restrictions on executive pay. Bernie asked Heather Gautney, a research fellow in his Senate office and an assistant professor at Fordham University, to take a closer look at what’s happening in Europe, where the Swiss have banned golden parachutes, the EU has limited banker bonuses and France is reining in salaries for top executives.
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