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At the core of his philosophy, Senator Bernie Sanders understands that our government is heavily influenced by corporate interests. This fact is borne out by multiple studies that have shown legislation that was approved of by the voting constituency, only 33% actually made it through the legislative process. In contrast, 65% of the legislation approved of by corporations and lobbyists made it through the legislative process. This fact reveals how corporations have a disproportionate amount of influence in Congress.

To resolve this, Sanders has introduced hundreds of pieces of legislation into the House and Senate, focused on limiting the influence of corporations and lobbyists and improving the lives of everyday Americans. The legislation that he is most recognized for, Medicare For All, would save Americans an estimated $17 trillion in healthcare expenses between 2021 and 2030. It would do this while extending coverage to every American, regardless of income level. It would bring the U.S. into parity with the rest of the industrialized world.

The slogan of Sanders' campaign reveals the philosophy of his campaign and the movement he has inspired; “Not me, us.” This slogan reveals that it is a campaign and movement driven not by multi-billion dollar corporations, but by everyday Americans. It underlines the understanding that for any candidate to be successful, they must depend on the energies and will of the American people; not on a plan from the candidate. For no one individual can accomplish it all. They will require help from the American voters as the Constitution intended.

In nine months, Illinois voters will have an opportunity to select a candidate that will return control of government of the American voters. That candidate is Sen. Bernie Sanders. He is the only candidate that has a consistent record of placing voters before corporations.

Bill Becker, Roscoe

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