Bernie Sanders, “If we expanded Medicaid to everybody… we would bankrupt the nation.”
On Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled his Medicare-for-all health care bill surrounded by a third of the Senate Democratic caucus by his side. Sanders plans to take the bill on the road to “every state in the country and hear what the people have to say.”
It would be interesting to see what people have to say if they knew what he said in 1987.
“If we expanded Medicaid to everybody…we would be spending such an astronomical sum of money…we would bankrupt the nation,” Sanders said in 1987.
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— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) September 14, 2017
NTK Network reports:
When Sanders was mayor of Burlington, he filmed a show called “Bernie Speaks with the Community.” During one 1987 episode about the American health care system, he said that giving everyone Medicaid for all would be too much of a financial burden for the United States to bear.
“One of the points that we understand and I think was reinforced when we went to Canada,” Sanders told Dr. Miltion Terris, “Number one, you want to guarantee that all people have access to healthcare as you do in Canada.”
Sanders continued, doubting that America’s system could handle such a change.
“But I think what we understand is that unless we change the funding system and the control mechanism in this country to do that,” he said. “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.”
The Gateway Pundit reports:
This week, Sen. Sanders unveiled his “Medicare-for-all legislation.”
“Now obviously nobody can predict exactly how many people will die if they lose their coverage. Nobody can make that prediction,” Sanders said to rally goers. “But what experts at the Harvard School of Public Health estimate, is that if 23 million Americans were to be thrown off the insurance they currently have…up to 28,000 Americans every single year could die.”
“That is nine times more than the tragic losses of we suffered on 9/11, every single year,” Sanders said.
The Dominion Post provided details on the event:
Before Sanders took the stage, four locals spoke about how the Affordable Care Act had impacted their lives.
Emily Chilko, an addiction counselor at Chestnut Ridge, said the ACA made getting treatment easier. Prior to the bill, many drug users seeking treatment were turned away simply for not being poor enough to qualify for Medicaid or because their insurance did not cover addiction treatment.
“When the ACA passed, it was like a life preserver in the middle of the opioid crisis,” Chilko said.
Finally, Sanders himself came on stage and was greeted with thunderous applause.
He began his speech by thanking everyone for coming out and thanking the groups that made this rally possible, including the Mountaineers for Progress.
In January, the Democrats held a press conference to defend the failed Obamacare debacle.
Obamacare premiums for 2017 increased an average of 22% in the US.
Here are the average increase in premiums in battleground states.
Ohio: 13.12% increase
Florida: 17.40% increase
Pennsylvania: 32.5% increase
Nevada: 11.74% increase
Maine: 21.24% increase
New Hampshire: 12.44% increase
Virginia: 21.68% increase
North Carolina: 24.30% increase
Iowa: 20.46% increase
Michigan: 16.06% increase
Wisconsin: 20.39% increase
Most of these states Democrats lost.
During the presser this morning wild-eyed Socialist Bernie Sanders took the podium and claimed Republicans and Trump were planning on cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
As the FOX Business Network hosts later pointed out – Trump promised exactly the opposite during his campaign.
Via Varney and Co.: