Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders doubled-down on his calls for a universal healthcare scheme across the USA Tuesday; saying no one in America could choose to “opt out” of his Medicare for All program.
Sanders was speaking with MSNBC when he was asked if satisfied Americans can choose to remain with their current healthcare provider.
“If I want to, can I opt out?” asked the interviewer.
“No,” Sanders said immediately. “It’s like social security. It’s like Medicare right now. It’s just an expansion of Medicare.”
Bernie Sanders says Americans would not be able to opt out of his proposed "Medicare for All" plan.
"It's just like social security" he says. pic.twitter.com/2sDhlWmLdl
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 11, 2019
Sanders published an op-ed in the New York Times last week; blasting America’s “unfettered capitalism” and “corporate” culture.
“I am running for president because we must defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in the modern history of our country. But, if we are to defeat Mr. Trump, we must do more than focus on his personality and reactionary policies,” writes Sanders.
“We must understand that unfettered capitalism and the greed of corporate America are destroying the moral and economic fabric of this country, deepening the very anxieties that Mr. Trump appealed to in 2016. The simple truth is that big money interests are out of control, and we need a president who will stand up to them,” he adds.
“Wall Street, after driving the United States into the worst economic downturn since the 1930s, now makes tens of billions in profits while forcing working-class Americans to pay usurious interest rates on their credit card debt. The top 10 American drug companies, repeatedly investigated for price fixing and other potentially illegal actions, made nearly $70 billion in profits last year, even as Americans paid the most per capita among developed nations for their prescription medicine,” Sanders concludes.
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 Slams Trump’s ‘LIES’ on Universal Healthcare, Says Plan Will ‘Save Money’
Vermont Senator and self-described Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders slammed President Trump’s “lies” about his Medicare for All program this week; saying the Commander-in-Chief misled voters in a recently published op-ed piece.
Sanders penned his own article for USA Today Thursday, doubling-down on his claims the universal healthcare system would -in fact- save Americans money and lower healthcare costs.
The Senator says Americans have President Trump’s plan on one side and, “On the other side is my ‘Medicare for All’ plan supported by 16 senators and 122 House members. It would guarantee everyone could get the health care they need without going into debt at far lower cost than the current dysfunctional system.”
“Study after study shows that when we eliminate private insurance premiums, deductibles and co-payments, the average American will pay substantially less for health care than he or she currently pays,” writes Sanders.
An independent study released earlier this year predicted Sanders’ potential plan could cost upwards of $32 trillion over a ten-year period; likely increasing after that.
Read Sanders’ full piece in USA Today.