While the New Hampshire victory that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, the self-described “democratic socialist,” was not as impressive as it could have been, the fact that he got the most votes was enough to boost the candidate to frontrunner status. He got 25.8 percent of the vote, compared to runner up Pete Buttigieg’s 24.4 percent.
Bernie is thus headed into Nevada and South Carolina on top of the national polls and with a boatload of campaign cash. He is also about to run into more than a spot of trouble, thanks to a flying distributed to the members of the powerful Culinary Workers Union. The Nevada Independent explains:
“The new flyer, a copy of which was obtained by The Nevada Independent, compares the positions on health care, “good jobs” and immigration of six Democratic presidential hopefuls who have come to the union’s headquarters over the last two months to court its members. But the primary difference outlined in the document, which is being distributed in both English and Spanish, is in the candidates’ positions on health care, taking particular aim at the Vermont senator over his Medicare-for-all policy, which would establish a single-payer, government-run health insurance system. The flyer says Sanders, if elected president, would “end Culinary Healthcare,” “require ‘Medicare For All,’” and “lower drug prices.”
Bernie has been proclaiming at every stump speech that healthcare is a “human right” and that as president he intends to secure it by instituting a single-payer, government-run health insurance system that he dubs “Medicare for All.”
Two problems exist with Bernie’s healthcare scheme.
First, strictly speaking, Medicare for All is not Medicare as anyone knows it. Medicare involves the flexibility of which plans one might choose and grants recipients the ability to buy supplemental or Medigap insurance. Medicare for All more resembles the government-run systems that exist in Canada and the UK, that features long wait times for treatment and low standards of care.
The other problem is that most Americans already have private health insurance, either through their place of employment or, as in the case of the culinary workers, their union. Americans would be loath to have their private insurance taken away for a system that many have suggested would have the efficiency of the DMV and the compassion of the IRS.
The Nevada Culinary Workers Union is powerful due to the state’s gaming and hospitality industry. The union is 60,000 members strong and, even though it has yet to make an endorsement for the upcoming Nevada primary, the flyer suggests that one candidate exists whom it will not be endorsing. The healthcare plan that has been negotiated by the union covers 130.000 members and their family members and it is loath to see it disappear to make healthcare a “human right.”
The flyer also suggests that nominating someone like Bernie Sanders would inevitably lead to the reelection of Donald Trump, whom the union also does not care for. The fear is widely shared among Democratic movers and shakers.
The question arises, why did the flyer appear on the very day that Bernie was waxing in his New Hampshire triumph. Hot Air is pretty sure of who is responsible.
“Who’s mobilizing labor against Bernie? One wonders if the hidden hand of Harry Reid is at work here, pulling strings on behalf of the Democratic establishment to try to stop Sanders before his momentum is unstoppable.”
Harry Reid is the former Senate Democratic leader but is still a power backroom influencer in Nevada politics. Reid is currently recovering from pancreatic cancer, which he claims is now in remission thanks to early detection, according to the Washington Examiner.
Reid, though left of center, has no use for any of the current crop of Democratic presidential candidates. He has reserved special ire for Bernie Sanders, thanks to Medicare for All and the Vermont senator’s open borders immigration stance.
Reid has suggested that Medicare for All is “politically unrealistic” and could never pass Congress, even if Sanders was to be elected president of the United States. He favors something along the lines that former Vice President Joe Biden has advocated, building on and improving Obamacare which he claims has “many important things” in it.
Hence, the Hot Air theory of the hidden hand of Harry Reid moving to stop Bernie in Nevada is certainly high on the plausibility scale.