Fact or Fiction

RECEIVED Fri., Feb. 26, 2016

Dear Editor
    I rely on the Chronicle to print enlightening and informed political endorsements. However, I am still staggering from the feeling of a baseball bat slamming into my skull after reading "Chronicle Endorsements," News, Feb. 12. Bernie Sanders for Pres./Vice Pres.? The question that begs to be asked is vice president to whom? Since Clinton is specifically not endorsed for either position, implied is the Presidential post is unimportant as long as Sanders is VP. Has Sanders expressed interest in the vice president position?
    This Presidential candidate outlined extensive plans for reformation of our health & education federal programs but stated, "The pleasure of being an academic is I can just spell things out and leave the details to others. The details very quickly get very messy.” (NYT, Jan. 19)? Well, who came up with the original details?
    Sanders intends to keep the Affordable Care Act but there is no mention of citizens currently paying penalties for non-participation and if/how an opt-out is possible in "Medicare for All." Lastly, a fundamental misrepresentation in Sanders' statement is that a family of four making $50,000 annually would pay $466 [per year] for "free" health care. In contrast, Kevin Drum, (Mother Jones, Jan. 17) calculates that the same family will actually pay about $4,000 per year.
    I hope Chronicle "News" writers' pay grade eschews "messy details" in favor of truly reporting news. Maybe the periodical is really just an opinion publication which should be clearly noted in "News" sections. Inquiring minds want to know: Fact or fiction?!
Leah Leissner
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