Bernie Sanders and your Agency

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, being the front runners of the Democratic Party, are often compared to each other. Although there are some differences, they do share a similar voting record. They really seem to see eye to eye on business related issues including entitlements, minimum wage and affirmative action/equality.

Affirmative Action in the Work Place

Whether you see it as a step in the right direction for equality or unnecessary government action, Bernie Sanders has a clear record of voting for ‘anti-discrimination’ government policies such as the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (which Hillary Clinton also signed) and H.R.3017&S.1584, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity by employers. Sanders also signed S.182&H.R.12 which called for stronger enforcement against perceived gender-based pay discrimination.

Minimum Wage and Entitlements

Like Hillary Clinton, Sanders is also a big proponent of increasing the minimum wage. In 2013, he co-sponsored the H.R.1010 14-S1737, dubbed the Minimum Wage Fairness Act which set out to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. More recently, on his website, he suggested raising the wage to as much as $15 an hour. In 2008, Sanders voted with Hillary on extending unemployment benefits from 29 weeks to 59 weeks. As we pointed out in our Hillary Clinton, regardless of your party affiliation or voting preference these issues are definitely something that Agency Owners should be a ware of as the affects on your agency could be substantial.

Healthcare Regulation

Bernie Sanders holds the (so far) unique position that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed under the Obama administration didn’t go far enough. PBS’ News Hour’s “2016 Candidate Stands” series this past April stated that, “he espouses a single-payer system in which the federal and state governments would provide health care to all Americans. Participating states would be required to set up their own single-payer system and a national oversight board would establish an overall budget.” Agency owners shouldn’t look to Bernie Sanders to repeal the Affordable Care Act but perhaps in the far future, if he had his way, businesses wouldn’t have to be concerned with healthcare benefits. For now, it seems safe to say that a President Sanders would be less moderate and lean fairly strongly in the left liberal direction. Whether this would be good or bad news for you and your agency, his voting record, as reported by the Washington Post’s, “US Congress Votes Database,” supports this prediction.

Conclusion

As the Presidential race picks up steam, each candidate’s position will begin to take a more defined shape. For now this is what we think is realistically discernible from this Candidate’s history and statements. You’ll have to decide for yourself what this means for your Agency and whether or not it will affect your voting decision. Whatever the Political Climate, you can count on Connect Insurance to help you navigate the waters of Agency Ownership.