Bernie Sanders makes a campaign stop in Ypsilanti at the Convocation Hall on the campus of Eastern Michigan University on Monday.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont congressman who won Michigan’s presidential primary in 2016, will join U.S. Rep. John Conyers in Detroit on Aug. 22 for a town hall meeting on health care and jobs.
The Detroit Democrat said the town hall will be held at 7 p.m. at Fellowship Chapel Church, 7707 W. Outer Drive in Detroit.
Sanders, who ran as a Democrat in 2016 but lists himself as an independent in the Senate, and Conyers are both supporters of universal health care.
Conyers introduced a resolution in January — the same one he’s introduced every year since 2003 — that would expand and improve the Medicare program and provide universal access to care for all Americans. Sanders has announced he will be introducing a similar version of the legislation and has been a primary advocate for a single-payer health care system.
Conyers and Sanders also introduced companion youth jobs bills in the House and Senate to tackle unemployment.
The town hall meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be Sanders’ first visit to Michigan since he came to Warren in January to participate in a health care rally at Macomb Community College. Republicans in Congress have tried unsuccessfully this year to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
During the presidential primary last year, Sanders drew thousands of enthusiastic supporter to rallies in Ypsilanti, East Lansing, Flint and at Grand Valley State University. A Democratic debate between Clinton and Sanders was held in Flint. He defied virtually all the polls, which had Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton easily winning the state, to score a slim, 50-48% win over Clinton.
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