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Bernie Sanders Town Hall Livestream Draws 1 Million Viewers

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 January 2018 09:21 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., held a televised town hall on Tuesday to push "Medicare for all," which was viewed live by roughly one million people, HuffPost reports.

Sanders broadcast the 90-minute event, co-hosted by The Young Turks, NowThis and ATTN, from the U.S. Capitol visitors center, and 450 people attended in person, while close to one million watched live on Facebook and YouTube.

"This is the first Medicare for all town meeting held in our nation's capitol. This is the first nationally televised town meeting on Medicare for all," Sanders said in his opening comments. "And very importantly, this is the first nationally televised Senate town meeting that is taking place outside of corporate media."

Sanders has been pushing for single-payer healthcare since first entering the Senate, and credits the rise of digital media with the idea's increasing popularity.

"The reason we're doing this program tonight is you don't see this stuff," he said in conclusion. "It ain't gonna be on CBS. It ain't gonna be on NBC."

"What astounds me is we already have a pretty good majority of the American people who already believe in universal healthcare, believe that it is the government's responsibility to make sure that healthcare is a right," he added.

"And we have reached that stage with media not talking about the issue at all."

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