Paid Family & Medical Leave – paid for by a payroll tax that would cost ~$1.61 a week for typical U.S. workers


     This section of Sanders’ medical plan is essentially a combination of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act of 2013 introduced by Senator Gillibrand. and the Healthy Families Act introduced by Sen. Patty Murray.  Today 85 percent of working men and 66 percent of working women are working more than 40 hours a week.  This plan:

  • Guarantees every worker in America at least twelve weeks of paid family and medical leave to take care of a baby, help a family member who has been diagnosed with cancer or other serious medical condition, or to care for themselves if they become seriously ill.
  • Funded through an insurance program similar to Social Security.  Workers would pay into it with every paycheck, at the price of roughly one cup of coffee per week. 
  • Guarantees seven days of paid sick leave per year for American workers, benefitting 43 million Americans who don’t have access to paid sick leave today.  Also establishes a minimum standard for employers who already do offer sick leave.
  • Would require employers to provide at least 10 days of paid vacation per year.
  • Would allow workers to take two weeks of paid leave each year – to rest and recuperate, travel, visit loved ones, or simply spend time at home bonding with their families.

     Vacations have been shown to reduce stress, strengthen relationships, increase productivity, & even prevent illness. [1]  Paid for by a payroll tax that would total $1.61 a week for the typical American worker. [2]

Bernie Sanders, Jan. 8 2016:

Learn More:

Transcript:  FAMILY Act script.docx – Wiki  “Real Family Values”


[1]:  Bernie Sanders, “Real American Values”:

[2]:  Bernie Sanders, “How Bernie Pays for His Proposals”:


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