‘I think we should…guarantee healthcare to all people as a right…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., slammed the Trump administration’s recent move to repeal the Affordable Care Act, claiming “thousands of people will literally die” if President Trump succeeds.
“If Trump gets his way, the cost of health insurance will be so high that many people literally will not be able to afford it,” Sanders told CBS News’s “Face the Nation.” “Thousands of people will literally die. That’s Trump’s health insurance plan.”
The self-proclaimed democratic socialist has been one of the loudest advocates of Medicare-for-all, a radical plan that would provide universal healthcare benefits for everyone.
“My plan is just a little bit different,” he said. “I think we should join the rest of the industrialized world, guarantee healthcare to all people as a right.”
Sanders said he plans to introduce a new “Medicare for all” plan “within the next couple of weeks.”
“When we do that, what we understand is that it is just not acceptable that 30 million Americans have no health insurance and even more are underinsured with high deductibles and high copayments,” he continued.
The Trump administration filed a legal request last week to strike down the Obama-era regulation, siding with a federal judge who ruled last year that the entire ACA should be struck down.
“Let me just tell you exactly what my message is: The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of healthcare. You watch,” Trump told reporters last week.
Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, said the administration will be releasing its replacement plan in the coming months.
Congressional Republicans are hesitant, however, to take on Obamacare, especially with the 2020 election cycle on the horizon.
“I’m anxious to see what the White House is going to recommend in terms of a healthcare delivery system that looks like somebody designed the damn thing on purpose,” Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said last week.