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🤓It seems like a distant memory, but exactly a year ago Saturday, a bird landed on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) podium while he was speaking at a presidential campaign rally in Portland, Oregon.
The poetic moment ― an inspiration for countless internet memes ― came just weeks after Sanders upset his Democratic contender Hillary Clinton with an unexpected win in the Michigan primary.
While Sanders was in the middle of a riff on education policy in a speech at Portland’s Moda Center, some of the roughly 11,500 people attending began pointing at a bird that had landed on stage next to Sanders. Sanders turned to face the bird and chuckled, drawing cheers from the audience. “Now, you see this little bird doesn’t know it ―” Sanders began.
Just then it hopped right on to the podium where he was speaking. The audience went wild, standing up and cheering for several seconds.
Once the bird had flown away and the cheers died down, Sanders finished his thought.
“I think there may be some symbolism here,” Sanders said.
“I know it doesn’t look like it, but that bird is really a dove asking us for world peace! No more wars,” he concluded, drawing another round of loud applause.
The serendipitous event quickly went viral, generating the hashtag #BirdieSanders , joking comparisons to the “put a bird on it” episode of the Portland-based TV series “Portlandia,” and bird-themed Sanders swag. It symbolically embodied for many of his followers the organic nature of the movement propelling him ― and Sanders’ seemingly preternatural connection to his audience, human or otherwise.
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#feelthebern #birdiesanders #berniesanders

We love you Bernie! ❤ #Repost @berniesanders
Today is a great victory but we have a lot more work to do. We are going to go forward and guarantee health care to all people as a right. #berniesanders #feelthebern


Sorry Joe but you had the same chance as Hillary did at winning. Your first ad was a flub and that helped make up your mind. Joe would have brought the same establishment politics as Hillary. Have they yet to grasp that our generation doesn't give a damn about establishment politics.
#DemExit #progressive #greenparty #berniesanders

ARE YOU READY TO HELP HIM?! Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is planning to introduce a single-payer healthcare bill in Congress.
The Vermont senator said during a town hall Saturday he plans to introduce a "Medicare for all" bill "within a couple of weeks," Vermont Public Radio reported.
"It is a common sense proposal, and I think once the American people understand it, we can go forward with it," Sanders said after the town hall meeting.
During the town hall, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said he would introduce the same bill in the House.
"Well, you know, it's a goal. In this Congress, we won't pass it," Welch said after the town hall. "But I think we have to do keep the goal out there, because we need in this country, like any industrialized country, a healthcare system that's affordable, accessible and universal."
Welch said he will "reach out to [his] Republican colleagues with specific proposals about some of the things we can do to fix some of the issues in the Affordable Care Act."
The comments come after Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Friday pulled the American Health Care Act, the GOP's healthcare proposal, amid dwindling support among Republicans.
The move marked the first legislative defeat for President Trump and followed seven years of rhetoric from Republicans who campaigned on a pledge to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
The president blamed Democrats for not backing the bill. He signaled he would move on to other legislative priorities, such as tax reform.
#health #healthcare #humanrights #feelthebern #berniesanders #bigpharma

This happened a year ago today- ah such hopeful times. This comic is in my book Sherrywood Forest- available at @atomicbooks #comics #comic #berniesanders #birdysanders

Can a meme land you in jail? You might think it's a ridiculous question but yes, it can. Let me spell it out: A MEME/SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE CAN LAND YOU IN JAIL. To know more about this, check out the link in bio.

#SmugglersNotch #Vermont where criminals would sneak young baby souls over the mountains so #BernieSanders could suckle their essence and live on indefinitely.... #4x5 #film

Conyers has already introduced a bill >>>There is one summary for H.R.676. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.
Shown Here:
Introduced in House (01/24/2017)

Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act

This bill establishes the Medicare for All Program to provide all individuals residing in the United States and U.S. territories with free health care that includes all medically necessary care, such as primary care and prevention, dietary and nutritional therapies, prescription drugs, emergency care, long-term care, mental health services, dental services, and vision care.

Only public or nonprofit institutions may participate. Nonprofit health maintenance organizations (HMOs) that deliver care in their own facilities may participate.

Patients may choose from participating physicians and institutions.

Health insurers may not sell health insurance that duplicates the benefits provided under this bill. Insurers may sell benefits that are not medically necessary, such as cosmetic surgery benefits.

The bill sets forth methods to pay institutional providers and health professionals for services. Financial incentives between HMOs and physicians based on utilization are prohibited.

The program is funded: (1) from existing sources of government revenues for health care, (2) by increasing personal income taxes on the top 5% of income earners, (3) by instituting a progressive excise tax on payroll and self-employment income, (4) by instituting a tax on unearned income, and (5) by instituting a tax on stock and bond transactions. Amounts that would have been appropriated for federal public health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), are transferred and appropriated to carry out this bill.

The program must give employment transition benefits and first priority in retraining and job placement to individuals whose jobs are eliminated due to reduced clerical and administrative work under this bill. #obamacare #trumpcare #ACA #AHCA #trump #potus #45 #noypresident #MAGA #medicareforall #berniesanders #feelthebern #hillaryclinton #obama

Looks like conservatives don't really think extinction is a big issue. Hunting is fucking stupid anyway, but killing an animal while it's asleep? Where's the challenge?
#politics #trump #media #liberal #conservative #socialism #berniesanders #political

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