Bernie Sanders After Heart Attack: "I Have One Life To Live, What Role Do I Want To Play?" | Video | RealClearPolitics

Bernie Sanders After Heart Attack: "I Have One Life To Live, What Role Do I Want To Play?"


In a video posted Thursday on Instagram, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he is recovering well from a minor heart attack last week and promised that he would return to the campaign trail "as soon as possible."

“I am feeling great,” Sanders said. “I’m getting my endurance back and I look forward to getting back on the campaign trail as soon as possible.”

“I am feeling really good and getting stronger every day,” he added. “We’re going to be out there on the campaign trail, we’re gonna be in the debate in Columbus, Ohio next week.

"What happens if somebody had no health insurance who felt a pain in his or her chest or felt really sick and said to themselves, 'Do I really want to go to the doctor or the hospital because I don't have ten thousand dollars to pay for the medical bills I’ll incur?' How many people are in that position? How many people have died because they don’t get to the doctor, the hospital when they should?” Sanders asked.

"It made me feel even more strongly the need to continue our efforts to end this dysfunctional and cruel health care system which leaves so many people uninsured, causes bankruptcy, lowers credit scores," he continued. "It is an insane, wasteful, bureaucratic system based on the greed of the health care industry. So I gotta tell you, that even as I lay down in that hospital bed in Las Vegas, this strugglethat we are engaged in just, you know, permeated my mind."

"I know it’s not easy because this campaign, we’re taking on everybody,” Sanders said. “We’re not only taking on Trump and the Republican establishment, we’re not only taking on the Democratic establishment, We’re not only taking on Wall Street, the insurance companies, the drug companies, the fossil fuel industry, the military-industrial complex, the prison industrial complex, the corporate media that so often refuses to deal with the real issues facing this country, that’s what we’re taking on. But at the end of the day, if you’re gonna look at yourself in the mirror, you’re gonna say, look, I go around once, I have one life to live. What role do I want to play?"

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