Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has ramped up efforts recently for a single-payer health care system in America, with about a third of Senate Democrats backing his “Medicare for All” bill. A video from 1987 indicates that Sanders used to vehemently oppose a single payer health care system, arguing it would literally “bankrupt the nation.”
As mayor of Burlington, Vermont in 1987, he sat down for an interview with Dr. Miltion Terris on a show called “Bernie Speaks with the Community.” Sanders, who begins his statement admitting he’s not an expert on the issue, says it’s unlikely the U.S. could financially handle a universal health care system like Canada.
“One of the points that we understand and I think was reinforced when we went to Canada,” Sanders said. “Number one, you want to guarantee that all people have access to healthcare as you do in Canada.” The socialist then admits a system like universal Medicare would be financially overwhelming.
“For example, if we expanded Medicaid to everybody. Give everybody a Medicaid card – we would be spending such an astronomical sum of money that, you know, we would bankrupt the nation,” Sanders said.
That was then. On Wednesday, Sanders introduced the Medicare for All Act, which directly contradicts what he said about the idea in 1987. The bill has the support of 15 Democrats, according to The Washington Post, including potential 2020 presidential contenders like Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
The bill would make health care a guaranteed right to everyone in the country, including illegal immigrants, and would theoretically cost patients nothing for the actual care. There wouldn’t be any premiums or out-of-pocket spending for doctors’ visits, either. When Democrats and socialists claim something is free, always look for the fine print.
Sanders conveniently failed to mention in his bill how much his program would cost the government — meaning the taxpayers. The Urban Institute, a liberal think tank, estimated in 2016 that his plan would cost $32 trillion over 10 years.
President Donald Trump made it clear Thursday that universal health care is never going to happen on his watch. Trump shed light on the disasters associated with the single-payer system Thursday, calling it a “a curse” on the U.S. and the American people.
“Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for a single payer healthcare plan – a curse on the U.S. & its people,” Trump wrote in a Twitter post. “I told Republicans to approve healthcare fast or this would happen. But don’t worry, I will veto because I love our country & its people,” he wrote in another post.
Either Sanders has changed his opinion on universal Medicare in recent years or he’s advocating for a system he knows will bankrupt America. Either way, he’s wrong now. And even if Democrats don’t know it, the rest of the country does.
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H/T Conservative Tribune