Sen. Bernie Sanders\u0026#039;s presidential campaign on Wednesday emphatically pushed back against a Washington Post story that reported the senator made a \u0022change\u0022 to his Medicare for All plan due to criticism from organized labor, a charge one Sanders adviser described as \u0022bullshit.\u0022\u0022This headline from the Wash Post is 100 percent wrong—know how I know? Medicare for All is a Senate bill with exact text and co-sponsors. The text hasn\u0026#039;t changed.\u0022 —Josh Orton, national policy director for Sen. Bernie SandersThe Post story came hours after Sanders unveiled his comprehensive labor platform, which includes a clause that states: \u0022Unions will still be able to negotiate for and provide wrap-around services and other coverage not duplicative of the benefits established under Medicare for All.\u0022The Post characterized the sentence—which was plucked out of a section in Sanders\u0026#039;s labor platform titled \u0022A fair transition to Medicare for All\u0022—as a \u0022departure\u0022 and a \u0022seeming acknowledgment of a role for private coverage by a campaign that has railed against others for not taking a hard-enough stance against such plans.\u0022The Sanders campaign immediately and strongly rejected that description, saying the senator\u0026#039;s Medicare for All plan has not changed and does not leave the door open for private insurance.\u0022Bernie\u0026#039;s Medicare for All bill was introduced in April and hasn\u0026#039;t changed,\u0022 tweeted Warren Gunnels, a senior adviser to Sanders.Josh Orton, Sanders\u0026#039;s national policy director, said the Post story \u0022is factually wrong throughout.\u0022\u0022It\u0026#039;s just false that M4A changed,\u0022 Orton tweeted. \u0022It\u0026#039;s policy-illiterate.\u0022This headline from the Wash Post is 100% wrong - know how I know? Medicare for All is a Senate bill with exact text and co-sponsors. The text hasn’t changed.Today Bernie introduces a labor proposal that provides additional value to worker contracts. https://t.co/xAh0su43Pn— Josh Orton (@joshorton) August 22, 2019Medicare for All Senate bill stays same Bernie releases an aggressively pro-union platform that includes sectoral bargaining (!!) a right for federal workers to strike, and a provision to direct employer health savings to benefit worker contracts. WaPo: M4A changed. https://t.co/gWQS1VgTq8— Josh Orton (@joshorton) August 22, 2019Sanders\u0026#039;s labor platform states that \u0022if Medicare for All is signed into law, companies with union negotiated healthcare plans would be required to enter into new contract negotiations overseen by the National Labor Relations Board.\u0022\u0022Under this plan,\u0022 the document continues, \u0022all company savings that result from reduced healthcare contributions from Medicare for All will accrue equitably to workers in the form of increased wages or other benefits.\u0022Vox\u0026#039;s Tara Golshan described the line as an effort to address \u0022concern about Medicare for All\u0022 from some in the labor movement who have expressed fears that Sanders\u0026#039;s plan would nullify unions\u0026#039; hard-won bargaining gains. David Sirota, Sanders\u0026#039; speechwriter, called\u0026nbsp;Vox\u0026#039;s characterization \u0022fair and accurate.\u0022Gunnels said the provision in Sanders\u0026#039;s labor platform requiring that company healthcare savings from Medicare for All go toward increasing workers\u0026#039; wages and other benefits does not represent a \u0022departure\u0022 from Sanders\u0026#039; Medicare for All plan, as the Post reporting alleged.\u0022We\u0026#039;ve said from day one that any savings employers gain from Medicare for All must be passed on to union workers in the form of higher wages and benefits,\u0022 Gunnels tweeted. \u0022We know that because Bernie wrote the damn bill.\u0022Bernie\u0026#039;s #MedicareForAll bill was introduced in April \u0026amp; hasn\u0026#039;t been changed. We\u0026#039;ve said from day 1 that any savings employers gain from #MedicareForAll must be passed on to union workers in the form of higher wages and benefits. We know that because Bernie wrote the damn bill. https://t.co/TXvid6BIwN— Warren Gunnels (@GunnelsWarren) August 22, 2019Ben Beckett, a union steward in New York City, wrote in Jacobin on Wednesday that the Medicare for All plank of Sanders\u0026#039;s labor platform would \u0022be an enormous boon to all unionized workers.\u0022\u0022To be clear, my union has negotiated a good healthcare plan with premium costs significantly below average, especially for family plans,\u0022 wrote Beckett. \u0022But with Medicare for All, Sanders is offering to take an enormous burden off our shoulders.\u0022As Common Dreams reported earlier this month, leaders of major unions made similar points in response to attacks on Medicare for All by centrist Democratic presidential candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden and former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.).Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, called healthcare negotiations with employers \u0022a huge drag on our bargaining\u0022 in an interview with Politico.\u0022So our message is: Get it off the table,\u0022 said Nelson, who joined the Sanders campaign in disputing the Post story on Wednesday.National Nurses United (NNU), America\u0026#039;s largest nurses union, tweeted last month that \u0022Medicare for All would put money back into union members\u0026#039; pockets in the form of wages and other benefits.\u0022\u0022That\u0026#039;s why major unions representing millions of workers in the U.S. are in this fight,\u0022 said NNU.