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Oct 12, 2019 18:51

Bernie Sanders: We will make history

Bernie Sanders: We will make history

But let me relay to you an experience that I had lying in a hospital bed in Las Vegas after the heart attack. And I thought about a lot of things, but one of the things that went through my brain is what would have happened if I did not have the good health insurance that I have? And it made me feel even more strongly, the need for us to continue our efforts to end this dysfunctional and cruel system that leaves so many people uninsured, underinsured, causes bankruptcy, lowers credit scores, for people who owe medical debt. It's an insane, corrupt, bureaucratic system based on the greed of the health care industry. So I gotta tell you, that even as I sat and lied down in that hospital bed in Las Vegas, the issue of the struggle we are engaged in permeated in my mind. And I want all of you to understand that the day is gonna come when you’re gonna be talking to your kids and you’re gonna be talking to your grandchildren and say “you know what, I was involved in that struggle that finally brought health care to all Americans as a human right.”
- Bernie Sanders, in a video posted by his campaign on Youtube

A really inspiring and impressive rallying call from Sanders to his supporters, his first real statement after a heart attack took him off the campaign trail last week. It’s notable how effective Sander’s usual message of political revolution is when he ties it to personal experience. This is the first time I’ve really heard him talk about the future in these terms, it strikes me as a surprising acknowledgment of his own mortality for a candidate who hates talking about himself. 

I’ve seen some polling indicating that he’s taken a hit from this cycle and the speculation around his health. That makes sense, but I do believe he may have an opportunity to gain momentum if he keeps speaking like this.