Bernie Sanders announced this morning that he will be running for President of the United States in 2020. By putting in his bid, he has confirmed that he will be running alongside an already crowded field of political heavyweights, like Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.
Bernie is running on a platform that will be familiar to his supporters, because they have remained relatively unchanged since 2016. He is calling for, amongst other things; universal government-provided healthcare, a $15 national minimum wage and free college education.
Though this may have been radical in the US in 2016, it is becoming more and more accepted by Americans. And, to Canadians, it seems like common sense, because much of this is already in place here.
TL;DR Bernie Sanders is running for President and he wants to make the US more like Canada. He has stated his love for Canada in the past, and many supporters and critics alike are noting the difference between his politics and Canada's.
Especially salient in his platform is his call for free universal healthcare, which is considered a basic human right in Canada.
Those who think universal health care is a fantasy might want to learn about Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, U.K. and many other countries who have made health care a right.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 15, 2019
During a tour of Canadian hospitals in 2017, Sanders stopped to praise the Canadian health care system, noting that it covers all Canadians at half the cost of what the U.S. spends on health care.
But Bernie has been urging the U.S. to be more like Canada for a long time.
In 1999, I became the first member of Congress to take constituents over the Canadian border to purchase low-cost prescription drugs. Working class women, struggling against breast cancer, were able to purchase the same medicine they were using in Vermont for 1/10 of the price. pic.twitter.com/KncFATEKSE— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 17, 2018
We must allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and reduce the barriers to importing prescription drugs from Canada and other countries.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 15, 2016
I am proud that my home state of Vermont has chosen to allow importation of drugs from Canada. The goal of a sane health care system in this country should be to keep people well, not to make stockholders rich.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 17, 2018
In 2009, prices for patented medicines in the US were 85% higher than in Canada, and approximately 150% higher than in France.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 24, 2012
The senator, who lives in Burlington, Vermont, just south of the Canadian border, is pretty proud of the country to the north.
What do you pay when you go to the doctor in Canada? "Nothing." pic.twitter.com/UP5o2ZseyP— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 15, 2017
We took some American doctors to Canada to see a universal health care system up close. Here's what they learned: pic.twitter.com/vTtGUEzJ6A— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 31, 2018
Fox News is afraid that the American people will find out the truth about Canada's single-payer health care. pic.twitter.com/TBuC9OsTNo— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 13, 2018
It’s not a radical idea to import medication from Canada, where they pay a lot less for the exact same drugs. 72% of Americans support it. pic.twitter.com/m5kzJEI3iw— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 12, 2017
He also criticized Trump's policies regarding Canada.
I strongly support imposing penalties on countries like China, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam to stop illegal dumping of steel and aluminum. But it makes no sense to start a trade war with Canada, the EU and others who are engaged in fair trade and pay workers a living wage.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 1, 2018
Trump’s haphazard and reckless plan to impose tariffs on Canada and the European Union is an absolute disaster that will cause unnecessary economic pain to farmers, manufacturers and consumers in Vermont and around the country.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 1, 2018
Three years ago, who would have imagined that the United States would refuse to take sides between Canada—our democratic neighbor and second largest trading partner—and Saudi Arabia on an issue of human rights. #SandersSAIS— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) October 9, 2018
In short, the senator loves Canada.
Supporters are rejecting the "socialist" label that is attached to Bernie:
Other than free college (though ours is heavily subsidized) and not as harsh gun laws, Bernie Sanders essentially wants to make America, Canada. How about they market it that way instead of the b/s "socialist" or "Venezuela" labels??— Matt Mark (@mattdoublem) February 19, 2019
Bernie fans are already thinking about what their next move will be if he doesn't win.
Others are calling on Bernie to move to Canada instead. Joke's on you sir: we'd love to have him.
You don't belong here. Try Canada!— Big Mike Prueter (@AssphaltOutlaw) February 19, 2019
With an already crowded field of candidates, and a President, who, despite being unpopular, still has a loyal supporter base, Bernie and the other democratic candidates will face a difficult battle to the presidency. The last time a President did not serve out two terms was when George H.W. Bush failed to be re-elected, losing to Bill Clinton in 1992.