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3 Stories You Should Read 02/14/2020: Bloomberg, Sanders, Coronavirus

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In the category of:  First responders

Over 1,700 frontline medics infected with coronavirus in China, presenting new crisis for the government

On Friday, it was revealed that 1,716 healthcare workers nationwide had been infected by the virus, six of whom had died, according to China’s National Health Commission (NHC). Nearly 90% (87.5%) of those medics came from Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital.

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In the category of:  The way things should be

Why Medicare-for-all works for Bernie Sanders — and nobody else

Medicare-for-all isn’t dragging Sanders down so far in 2020. Here’s why.

The data from the 2018 midterms shows House candidates who endorsed Medicare-for-all fared worse than their peers who didn’t. The polling also shows Americans aren’t totally sold on Medicare-for-all. Approval and disapproval are pretty evenly split, voters can be swayed when they hear arguments against it, and a more moderate “public option” proposal polls better. It’s easy to look at the other Democratic presidential candidates who had signed on to Sanders’s plan, from Kamala Harris (who’s already dropped out) to Elizabeth Warren (who seems to be struggling to stay afloat), and conclude it’s a political loser.

But Sanders looks like the exception. He has the strongest favorability rating of any candidate among Democratic voters. He performs well against President Donald Trump in a hypothetical general election matchup, even with Medicare-for-all so tied to his political brand.

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In the category of:  Outsider in your own house

Democrats Up Attacks To Blunt Michael Bloomberg’s Rise

As the former mayor of New York City gains national attention, his opponents increase their attacks on the billionaire.
 

Democratic presidential candidates hoping to revive their flagging campaigns increasingly took aim at Michael Bloomberg on Thursday, blasting their billionaire rival for trying to buy his way into the White House and raising questions about his commitment to racial equality.

Struggling to recover from poor showings in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden took the lead in attacking Bloomberg. Biden, the former vice president, said on ABC’s “The View” that “I don’t think you can buy an election,” while Warren took Bloomberg to task for his 2008 comments that ending a discriminatory housing practice helped trigger the economic meltdown.

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