Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming back to Baltimore next week to campaign for Ben Jealous and push his mission of universal health care.
Sanders and Jealous will hold a rally together on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Notre Dame University Maryland in North Baltimore. The theme is “Medicare for All,” a plan that both the Vermont senator and the former NAACP president have pitched for their respective national and statewide audiences.
Jealous, who’s running for governor as a progressive Democrat, has made statewide Medicare a top issue in his platform.
“As healthcare premiums continue to rise and burden families and small businesses, Maryland cannot afford to leave our health care in the hands of extremist Republicans in Washington, or with a governor who believes his chances at re-election are better if he simply pretends the problem doesn’t exist,” he said in a statement. “We need courageous leadership at the state level to protect Marylanders and create a system where everyone has quality, affordable healthcare no matter what happens in Washington.”
Sanders, meanwhile, has launched another ambitious drive to bring universal health care to the entire nation. He introduced his bill on the Senate floor in September. It’s since been referred to the Senate Finance Committee, where it’s since remained untouched, according to congressional records.
It received notable co-sponsors this time around (he introduced a similar bill four years ago), including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
Jealous’ campaign has aligned closely with Sanders, an independent who made a solid run for president two years ago while challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Sanders officially endorsed Jealous in July, showing up with the civil rights leader and tech investor at a rally in Silver Spring.
In addition to stumping for Medicare-for-all, Jealous has joined Sanders in a push to make college tuition free for all Americans.
Jealous has made waves as a progressive in the crowded primary field of Democrats running for governor, earning numerous endorsements since he declared in late May. However, he remains in middling territory in the polls. An October survey from Mason-Dixon polling put him in third place, behind Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
He and Sanders will appear together at Le Clerc Hall Auditorium at Notre Dame University Maryland next Wednesday. The rally starts at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Click here to RSVP.