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100 Bernie Sanders Quotes on Equality and Health Care

1. “When we stand together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.”

2. “The problems we face do not come down from the heavens. They are made by bad human decisions, and good human decisions can change them.”

3. “There is something profoundly wrong when one family owns more wealth than the bottom 130 million Americans.”

4. “The American people want to know that when they borrow a book from the library or buy a book, the government won’t be looking over their shoulder.”

5. “This type of immoral, unsustainable economy is not what America is supposed to be about. This has got to change, and together we will change it.”

6. “You can’t get huge tax breaks while children in this country go hungry. You can’t continue sending our jobs to China while millions are looking for work. You can’t hide your profits in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens, while there are massive unmet needs in every corner of this nation.”

7. “The rich and large corporations get richer, the CEOs earn huge compensation packages, and when things get bad, don’t worry; Uncle Sam and the American taxpayers are here to bail you out.”

8. “You can’t become a billionaire stepping over children sleeping on the street.”

9. “When you are in trouble, well, we just can’t afford to help you if you are in the working class or middle class of this country.”

10. “And let me make the radical statement that I don’t believe that you can say something profound in the 140 characters that make up a tweet.”

11. “The change begins when we say to the billionaire class, ‘You can’t have it all.’”

12. “We live in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, but that reality means little because almost all of that wealth is controlled by a tiny handful of individuals.”

13. “Everybody wants to fight terrorism, but we have to do it in a way that protects American freedom.”

14. “Your has got to end. You cannot take advantage of all the benefits of America if you refuse to accept your responsibilities as Americans.”

15. “We don’t want to see our kids and grandchildren be the first generation in the modern history of America to have a lower standard of living than their parents.”

16. “This campaign was never just about electing a president of the United States—as enormously important as that was. This campaign was about transforming America.”

17. “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”

18. “Republicans have cultivated, into a fine art, the ability to divide people up by race, gender, nationality, or sexual orientation. That’s what they do. That is the essence of their politics. They get one group to fight another group while their wealthy friends and campaign contributors get richer and laugh all the way to the bank.”

19. “If a financial institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.”

20. “Either we maintain a profit-driven health care system whose main function is to enrich certain individuals and institutions, or we develop a nonprofit, cost-effective system that provides quality health care for all people as a right of citizenship.”

21. “We are living in a nation which worships wealth rather than caring for the poor. I don’t think that is the nation we should be living in.”

22. “More tax breaks for the very rich is only one symptom of an economic and political system that is grotesquely failing the average American.”

23. “It costs a hell of a lot more money to put somebody in jail than send them to the University of Virginia.”

24. “Social Security, which transformed life for the elderly in this country, was socialist. The concept of minimum wage was seen as a radical intrusion into the marketplace and was described as socialist.”

25. “A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much, and so many have so little.”

26. “The United States must join the rest of the industrialized world—guarantee health care to all people as a right.”

27. “Hillary Clinton wants to see that all Americans have the right to choose a public option in their health care exchange.”

28. “Before Social Security existed, about half of America’s senior citizens lived in poverty.”

29. “In 49 countries around the world, including all of Europe, people have the opportunity of knowing whether or not they are eating food which contains genetically engineered ingredients. In the United States, we don’t.”

30. “When a goes to the store and purchases food for her child, she has the right to know what she is feeding her family.”

31. “Fossil fuel corporations are supposed to pay the government fair market royalties in exchange for the right to drill on public lands or in federal waters.”

32. “We should make a major financial commitment to improving our roads and bridges.”

33. “For every $1 billion we invest in public transportation, we create 30,000 jobs, save thousands of dollars a year for each commuter, and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions.”

34. “Private insurance companies in America are reaping huge profits.”

35. “Ted Kennedy devoted his lifetime to protecting those most in need, and tens of millions of Americans have been the beneficiaries.”

36. “Capitalism does a number of things very well—it helps create an entrepreneurial spirit; it gets people motivated to come up with new ideas, and that’s a good thing.”

37. “If we are going to reverse the race to the bottom, workers must have the right to engage in collective bargaining.”

38. “Each and every year, the United States loses an estimated $100 billion a year in tax revenues due to offshore tax abuses by the wealthy and large corporations.”

39. “The deficit crisis is real and must be addressed, but it cannot be solved on the backs of the weak and vulnerable.”

40. “People don’t private health insurance companies for all the right reasons.”

41. “There must be a major economic recovery package which puts Americans to work at decent wages.”

42. “Let’s be honest. Dental care in America is extremely expensive, period.”

43. “You want to know the way to raise money? Put a transaction fee on Wall Street, so maybe we can curb some of the speculation and raise some money.”

44. “There is nobody that I know who believes that the Bank of America is a human being who should be entitled for the same constitutional rights that the people of our country are.”

45. “Social Security is a promise that we cannot and must not break.”

46. “CEOs of large corporations earn 400 times what their workers make. That is not what America is supposed to be about.”

47. “Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit.”

48. “The Federal Reserve has a responsibility to ensure the safety and soundness of financial institutions and to contain systemic risks in financial markets.”

49. “It is incomprehensible that drug companies still get away with charging Americans twice as much, or more, than citizens of Canada or Europe for the exact same drugs manufactured by the exact same companies.”

50. “When I talk about a political revolution, what I am referring to is the need to do more than just win the next election.”

51. “It’s about creating a situation where we are involving millions of people in the process who are not now involved, and changing the nature of media so they are talking about issues that reflect the needs and the pains that so many of our people are currently feeling.”

52. “I think the American people, in many cases, want to transform our energy system.”

53. “Washington is dominated by big money.”

54. “These are the same people who believe, in some cases, the federal government should not play any role in providing health care to our people or protecting the environment.”

55. “A campaign has got to be much more than just getting votes and getting elected. It has got to be helping to educate people, organize people. If we can do that, we can change the dynamic of politics for years and years to come.”

56. “If 80 to 90 percent of the people in this country vote, if they know what the issues are, Washington and Congress will look very, very different from the Congress currently dominated by big money and dealing only with the issues that big money wants them to deal with.”

57. “You know, I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that’s not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress.”

58. “In my view, a corporation is not a person. A corporation does not have First Amendment rights to spend as much money as it wants, without disclosure, on a political campaign.”

59. “Most Americans have very little understanding of the degree to which media ownership in America—what we see, hear, and read—is concentrated in the hands of a few giant corporations.”

60. “Democracy is about one person, one vote.”

61. “Democracy, it seemed, was good for one’s health.”

62. “I think what the American people are saying is enough is enough. This country—this great country—belongs to all of us. It cannot continue to be controlled by a handful of billionaires who apparently want it all.”

63. “It’s time to make our government work for all of us and not just the 1%.”

64. “We need to change the power structure in America. We need to end the political oligarchy.”

65. “To me, democratic socialism means democracy. It means creating a government that represents all of us, not just the wealthiest people in the country.”

66. “Of course, the Republicans have long wanted to privatize Social Security and destroy it. But Social Security has been the most important and valuable social program in the history of the United States.”

67. “Democratic socialism means that in a democratic, civilized society, the wealthiest people and the largest corporations must pay their fair share of taxes.”

68. “Our job is to do two things—to defeat and to elect Hillary Clinton. It is easy to boo, but it is harder to look your kids in the face if we are living under a Trump presidency.”

69. “Any objective observer will conclude that based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.”

70. “Together, my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America, and that revolution—our revolution—continues!”

71. “The Federal Reserve has the responsibility to protect the credit rights of consumers.”

72. “I see a future where American companies lead the world in the production of hybrid plug-in cars and electric vehicles.”

73. “Legislation must be passed which undoes the damage caused by excessive deregulation. That means reinstalling the regulatory firewalls that were ripped down in 1999.”

74. “What the American people want to see in their president is somebody who not necessarily can win every fight, but they want to see him stand up and fight for what he believes, and take his case to the American people.”

75. “At its worst, Washington is a place where name-calling partisan politics too often trumps policy.”

76. “For better or worse, when Sen. Inhofe speaks, the Republican Party follows. And when the Republican Party follows, it is impossible to get real work done in the Congress.”

77. “There are a lot of smart, honest, progressive people who I think can be good presidents.”

78. “The U.S. Constitution is an extraordinary document. In my view, it should not be amended often.”

79. “Every working family in America knows how hard it is today to find affordable childcare or early childhood education.”

80. “Change comes, even in the face of overwhelming odds. And the recognition of the changes we have already made, of what we have won, inspires us to fight even harder.”

81. “It’s about all of us coming together to determine the future of our country. It is not about a handful of billionaires buying elections, or governors suppressing the vote by denying poor people or people of color the right to vote.”

82. “Our job is to stand together to defeat the drift toward oligarchy and create a vibrant democracy.”

83. “It is a challenge that progressives face throughout the country. We lose when we are divided. We win when we are united.”

84. “I don’t consider myself a pariah.”

85. “We need a very progressive and strong agenda to bring people into the political process because I worry very much about the future of the American democracy where so many people are giving up.”

86. “I’m not that much of a socialist compared to Eisenhower.”

87. “Brothers and sisters, now is not the time for thinking small, now is not the time for the same-old, same-old establishment politics and stale inside-the-Beltway ideas.”

88. “I’m not a Democrat. I’m an Independent, but I caucus with the Democrats.”

89. “I am sure that there are some single payer advocates who think the only thing worth fighting for is single payer.”

90. “The point is—change can come about, but it only comes about when millions of people are actively involved in political struggle. The billionaires may have the money, but we have the people.”

91. “An America where every person, no matter their race, their disability or their sexual orientation realizes the full promise of equality that is our birthright as Americans.”

92. “Americans’ right to free speech should not be proportionate to their bank accounts.”

93. “The only way change happens is when people become more significantly involved in the political process.”

94. “It’s better to show up than to give up.”

95. “Our government belongs to all of us, and not just the handful of billionaires.”

96. “Finally, let’s understand that when we stand together, we will always win.”

97. “When men and women stand together for justice, we win. When black, white, and Hispanic people stand together for justice, we win.”

98. “Real change never occurs from the top on down, but always from the bottom on up.”

99. “I think there are a lot of people who, when they hear the word ‘socialist,’ get very, very nervous.”

100. “The strength and vitality of our communities must be restored.”

101. “I have seven , four of whom are girls.”

102. “History will record that the citizens’ united decision is one of the worst in the history of our country.”

103. “Finland is no utopia.”

104. “I am not aware of how you succeed politically when you insult women, who far more than men, consistently provide you with great margins of support.”

105. “Citizens in a democracy need diverse sources of news and information.”

106. “I’m not much into speculation.”

107. “You know, let me be very clear. I supported Barack Obama originally.”

108. “I’m not always a smiley kind of guy.”

109. “Low-income people, racial or ethnic minorities, pregnant women, seniors, people with special needs, people in rural areas—they all have a much harder time accessing a dentist than other groups of Americans.”

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