Culinary Union says Bernie Sanders would end its health care

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is accompanied by his wife Jane O’Meara Sanders as he arrives to speak at his New Hampshire primary night rally in Manchester N.H. U.S

"It's disappointing that Senator Sanders' supporters have viciously attacked the Culinary Union and working families in Nevada simply because our union has provided facts on what certain healthcare proposals might do to take away the system of care we have built over 8 decades", she stated.

The Nevada union, with outsized influence in a state heavily dependent on tourism, is against Sanders' Medicare for All plan, a government takeover of healthcare that would end private healthcare insurance.

In a surprise move, Nevada's powerful Culinary Union Local 226 decided on Thursday to not endorse a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary - saying instead that it was focusing on raising awareness of issues that concern its members. The next contests in the state-by-state battle to pick a candidate to face Republican President Donald Trump in November's election are in Nevada on February 22 and SC on February 29. The casino workers' Culinary Union is a 60,000-member group made up of housekeepers, porters, bartenders and more who keep Las Vegas' glitzy casinos humming. That flyer also praises the health care positions of former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen.

Earlier this week, the Nevada Independent reported that the gang used to be circulating a flyer outlining a number of applicants platforms.

In another flier released last week, the Culinary union said, "We have fought for 85 years to protect our healthcare".

Sanders' campaign responded with a statement defending his plan as guaranteeing comprehensive care. "With health care as a human right, unions will have more leverage to negotiate better wages and benefits".

Sanders has said his goal is to show union members that Medicare for All would not result in any drop in coverage quality from private health care now in place.

Sanders' healthcare plan is a progressive one; it eliminates the private insurance industry and shifts all responsibilities to the federal government.

"We will guarantee that coverage is as comprehensive or more so than the health care benefits union workers now receive, and union health clinics, including the Culinary's health clinic, will remain open to serve their members", said Sarah Michelsen, Sanders' Nevada state director.



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