Bernie Sanders: Poverty is a death sentence

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, September 15, 2011 16:40 EDT
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During the “Brunch with Bernie” segment of The Thom Hartmann Show Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discussed a recent congressional hearing he held on poverty in the United States.

“We now have some 46 million Americans living in poverty,” he said. “And what a lot of people think about poverty is that, well, that’s unfortunate, that’s too bad, people living in not good housing, they don’t have a good car, they don’t go to the movies on Saturday night, their kids don’t have good clothing — but here is the point of that hearing, the title of that hearing… was that poverty is a death sentence.”

“It’s a death sentence. If you are in the bottom 20 percent of income earners, you are going to die six and a half years earlier than if you are in the top 20 percent.”

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube on September 15, 2011, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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