Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders accused former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday of distorting his proposal to provide single-payer, universal health care through “Medicare for All.”

Campaigning in Nevada, the 78-year-old Vermont senator said one of the things that “disturbed” him about Thursday’s debate was that he was hoping “to have a serious discussion about the health care crisis in America.”

“I was not pleased that Vice President Biden distorted what Medicare for All is and, in fact, simply parroted the line coming from the health care industry,” Sanders said. “Apparently the vice president thinks it is just wonderful for people to be paying $1,000 a month ... just for health care premiums. Having deductibles of $4,000 or $5,000 or more — not a problem. Paying the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs — not a problem. Well, I think those are problems.”

Sanders took fire from the former vice president Thursday when the senator argued that the estimated $30 trillion cost over a decade for his single-payer health insurance proposal is cheaper than the “status quo,” which he put at $50 trillion — with most of the money being what Americans spend privately. Sanders’ argument is that most U.S. households would pay less overall under his system, even if their taxes go up.

Biden said that Sanders would effectively be handing Americans a pay cut, arguing that employers who now pay a share of workers’ premiums would pocket that money instead of giving workers raises if the government were to cover all health care costs.

A former Roman Catholic priest who fled the country decades ago was sentenced Friday in New Mexico to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans’ cemetery and military base.

In ordering the sentence, U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez said it was the worst case of child sex abuse she has handled over the course of 26 years.

Prosecutors had asked the judge for special consideration of a life sentence for 81-year-old defendant Arthur Perrault, once a pastor at an Albuquerque parish and a chaplain at Kirtland Air Force Base. He was convicted in April of six counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact with a minor under 12.

Perrault pleaded not guilty after he was returned to the U.S. from Morocco in 2017. His defense team plans to file an appeal.


A California woman is hospitalized in a semi-comatose state after using a skin cream from Mexico that was laced with toxic methylmercury.

California health officials said the 47-year-old Sacramento woman bought the cosmetic at a Jalisco pharmacy. She was hospitalized with numbness in her hands and face, slurred speech and problems walking, but her condition worsened. Her son told KCRA-TV that she has been hospitalized since July.

Mercury is sometimes used to lighten skin and eliminate age spots, although it’s poisonous. Authorities said the woman had 2,630 micrograms of mercury per liter in her blood — more than 500 times the acceptable level.

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