Bernie Sanders publicly admitted Thursday that implementing a single-payer, government guaranteed healthcare system will likely cost people their jobs and will cause “pain,” but is ultimately worth it.
Sanders was speaking with CNN this week when he was pressed on his support for a government-run healthcare system, saying the US needs to “transition” the nation’s insurance programs towards a single-payer program.
“You have people hounding doctors about what kind of medicine they should be able to use. So forth and so on. Will those people lose their jobs when we have healthcare-for-all guaranteed through a single payer system? The answer is, yes,” said the Vermont senator.
“We’ll create more jobs under a rational Medicare-for-all system than currently exists. There will be a transition just in the same way as we have to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel. We create more jobs, but there will be pain and you got to deal with that pain,” he added.
Sanders’ comments come just hours after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hinted the Democrats may pursue a ‘Medicare for All’ system should her party retake control of Congress this fall.
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FLATLINE: Mitch McConnell Pulls the Plug on GOP Healthcare Bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell officially pulled the plug on the GOP’s latest efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, telling fellow Senators there will not be a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill and admitting yet another defeat in his final push to make good on a seven-year promise.
According to the New York Times, McConnell made his final decision hours after Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced her opposition the legislation; joining Sen. John McCain and Rand Paul’s ‘no’ votes and ending the bill’s chances of passing the Senate.
The Graham-Cassidy legislation was GOP lawmakers last and best chance to repeal and replace Obamacare before the September 30th deadline. Any vote after the deadline would then require a 60 vote super-majority; making it nearly impossible to “repeal” Obamacare without any democratic support.
Speaking from the White House, President Trump did not mince words for republican legislators who have -so far- failed to advance the President’s agenda; breaking a seven-year promise to voters that ushered the GOP into power.
“At some point there will be a repeal and replace, but we’ll see whether or not that point is now or will it be shortly thereafter,” said the President. “But we are disappointed in certain so-called Republicans.”