Potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders unveiled his highly-anticipated ‘Medicare for All’ program Wednesday; saying private insurance companies will be reduced to covering “nose jobs” and other cosmetic surgeries.
Sanders was speaking with CBS News when he was asked to comment on the impact his universal healthcare program would have on America’s private insurance industry.
“What happens to those insurance companies after your plan is implemented?” asked CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe.
“If you want cosmetic surgery—under Medicare for all, we cover all basic health care need—I suppose if you want to make yourself look a little bit more beautiful, work on that nose or your ears, they can do that,” Sanders said.
“So basically BlueCross BlueShield would be reduced to nose jobs,” O’Keefe pressed.
“Something like that, yeah,” Sanders confirmed.
BERNIECARE: Sanders Insists Universal Healthcare ‘NOT CRAZY,’ Current System Killing 'Ordinary People’
Vermont Senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders doubled-down on his demands for a universal healthcare system throughout the United States Wednesday; saying his ‘Medicare for All’ program is “not a crazy idea.”
“Medicare for All is not a crazy idea,” tweeted the self-described Democratic Socialist. “What’s crazy is that our health care system is designed to make as much profit for insurance and pharma executives as possible, while ordinary people die because they can’t afford the care and medicine they need.”
Medicare for All is not a crazy idea.
What's crazy is that our health care system is designed to make as much profit for insurance and pharma executives as possible, while ordinary people die because they can't afford the care and medicine they need.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 19, 2018
Sanders and fellow Democrats have re-issued their calls for a ‘Medicare for All’ system in recent weeks; likely setting the stage for a key policy pledge heading into the 2020 presidential election.
BERNIECARE: Sanders Unveils ‘Medicare for All’ Plan, Will Eliminate Private Insurance, Cost $30T
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled his latest ‘Medicare for All’ proposal Wednesday; announcing his plan to transform Medicare into a full-fledged universal healthcare program during a four-year transition that would eliminate private insurance companies.
“Sanders’ plan is the most ambitious by far of Democrats’ slate of bills aimed at expanding health coverage, proposing a total restructuring of the the national health care system that would effectively eliminate employer sponsored insurance and other government programs like Medicaid,” reports Politico.
Sanders’ plan would also bar employers and businesses from providing healthcare options that compete with the government-run insurance scheme.
While the proposal doesn’t specify the associated costs, experts say the program would likely cost $30 trillion over the next decade.
Read the full report at Politico.