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The Field: An Anti-Endorsement in Nevada

The Field: An Anti-Endorsement in Nevada

Update: 2020-02-2157
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Note: This episode contains strong language.

Senator Bernie Sanders is a staunchly pro-union candidate. But he has found himself mired in an escalating battle over health care with the largest labor union in Nevada. With what some call “the best insurance in America” — the fruit of struggles including a six-year strike — members of the Culinary Workers Union have been reluctant to support Mr. Sanders’s “Medicare for All” plan. We went to Nevada to ask how what is effectively an anti-endorsement of Mr. Sanders from the union’s leaders may affect his support in the state’s caucuses on Saturday.

Guests: Jennifer Medina, who is covering the 2020 presidential campaign for The Times traveled to Nevada with Clare Toeniskoetter and Austin Mitchell, producers for “The Daily.” For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. 

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Corey Goodall

"We got the best healthcare in America..." so fuck everyone else who wants reasonable healthcare. Definitely jumped on the American way of saying fuck off to everyone else.

Feb 26th
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Nonker

And it turns out the rank-and-file in the culinary union voted for Sanders against their leadership, because they understand that if they or family or friends are ever out of a job, Medicare for all will have their back.

Feb 24th
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Vincent Galperin

Honestly it's becoming harder and harder to deny that The New York Times (as well as most of the so-called 'liberal media') isn't using their platform to actively discredit Sanders and his campaign. Everyone involved in making this story should be ashamed to call themselves journalists.

Feb 21st
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Sasha Anne Lyn

No. There was no confusion that there are people actively trying to sabotage Bernie Sanders. The only confusion I had was why in the hell was I listening to lazy melodrama being presented as investigative journalism? While I appreciate hearing about the story, I did not appreciate this kind of theatrical coverage. The reporter was confused? I wasnt. This woman was obviously upset that she had been threatened by someone claiming to be from the Bernie Sanders campaign yet no one in their right mind, from the Sanders campaign, would ever act this way.

Feb 21st
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Sasha Anne Lyn

Why does the reporter NEVER ask 'Why would a Bernie Sanders supporter send you a message like that?' or 'Does this message sound like the kind of message Bernie Sanders supports?' or 'Did it ever occur to you that the person behind this message is trying to turn you against Bernie Sanders?' That she never asks any of these questions makes it difficult to sit through this interview as it seems exploitative not to. Let's milk this for all it worth? What IS this?!

Feb 21st
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Lis Stanger

Similar in Australia at the last election, people voted for their own benefits over what would benefit the greater good, it's all about protecting what I have over what benefits the many.

Feb 21st
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Sasha Anne Lyn

The Culinary union workers confuse having Insurance with recieving healthcare and it is small minded. I sincerely hope the Sanders campaign finds the language to show these people, and millions like them, that the two are not synonymous. It must be unimaginable for many working people, who work long days and have never experienced anything different, to have confidence in what so many of us take for granted. It shocks me that it shocks Americans to hear about people paying nothing for surgeries, hospital stays..what have you. My concern regarding healthcare is not what I will pay (as paying is unimaginable) but finding the time for yet another bloody check up.

Feb 21st
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Ryan Pena

damn this was a great and complex episode. I'm a Bernie fan but I can understand the fear of losing the healthcare you fought so hard for. I'm sad that the Union it's basically fear-mongering against medicare-for-all though and against Bernie it sounds like despite his decades-long track record of fighting for the working class and unions. unfortunately because of Twitter I also understand the union leaders anger against the supposed Bernie supporters online. just like Bernie says though if they're making threats than they are not apart of our movement

Feb 21st
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Tony Zac

wow. these people are handing the biggest mantel of leadership at the exchange of their own personal gain vs as a country.

Feb 21st
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Jonathan Hoyt

this is a great example of The Daily's quality journalism. we get to inderstand in this episodethe full complexity of the health care issue, and how it's playing out in the NV caucus.

Feb 21st
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MetaHoudini

All Bernie needs to explain is that once the government pays for healthcare, employers are free from the burden of paying for their employees healthcare, and will enable them to raise their wages.

Feb 21st
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The Field: An Anti-Endorsement in Nevada

The Field: An Anti-Endorsement in Nevada