This morning the office of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders introduced his Medicare for All Act of 2017, new universal healthcare legislation that so far claims 15 Democratic co-sponsors in the Senate, many of whom are considered contenders for the 2020 presidency.
Yesterday evening Sander’s office quoted Pope Francis in a tweet, saying: “Health is not a consumer good but a universal right, so access to health services cannot be a privilege.”
In a letter to the president-elect dated Tuesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) took aim at Donald Trump for choosing "Wall Street insiders" for top financial posts. Warren's letter singled out three members of Trump's transition team––David Malpass, Paul Atkins and Steve Mnuchin––with ties to Wall Street and "demonstrated records of failure during the 2008 financial crisis." Malpass is a former Bear Sterns chief economist working on shaping Trump's Treasury Department, and Mnuchin, an ex-Goldman Sachs partner, is the top candidate to lead it. Atkins is reshaping the ranks of financial regulatory agencies and was a former Securities and Exchange Commission commissioner during the George W. Bush administration.
"You made numerous promises to the American people in your election campaign, none bigger than the promise to ‘drain the swamp' of Washington D.C. special interests rigged against the middle class," Sen. Warren wrote. "The decisions you make with your transition team will shape the next four years of this nation. They will also reflect the strength of your character and your ability to truly lead--not just follow the marching orders of the special interests and Wall Street bankers you purportedly oppose."