Independent left wing firebrand Senator Bernie Sanders appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper this Sunday morning to discuss the ongoing debate over the future of national health care policy.
Jake Tapper pressed Sen. Sanders over whether or not he would introduce a single payer health care plan in the Senate, seeing as he had said that he would introduce such a measure following the collapse of GOP ObamaCare repeal efforts.
Late last Thursday night, those efforts died for the time being after Sen. John McCain voted no on a “skinny repeal” plan that would have repealed a few of the key provisions of ObamaCare, including the individual mandate. It’s a good thing that he voted no, too, because the Congressional Budget Office estimated that tens of millions of people would lose their health coverage in the next ten years should the “skinny repeal” have passed.
In response to Tapper’s questioning about whether or not he would, in fact, introduce a single payer health plan in the Senate, Sen. Sanders said:
‘Absolutely; of course we are. We are tweaking the final points of the bill, and we’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together.’
He continued by laying out why exactly it is so important to him that we enact a single payer national health policy, saying:
‘We are the only major country on earth — the only one — not to guarantee health care to all people. The result is 28 million people who are uninsured, millions of people who are paying deductibles and co-payments that are far too high, and if the Republicans had gotten their way, there would have been another 30 or 32 million people thrown off of health insurance. That is crazy. What we should do is move in the direction of every other major country and guarantee health care to all people as a right not a privilege.’
Sanders’ measure isn’t likely to pass, seeing as Republicans currently remain in control of not just the Senate, but the House as well. That could, of course, change in coming years, and Sanders himself may end up having a part of that possible shift in power. Sanders is reported to be wide open to the possibility of running for president again come 2020 following his wildly popular but not successful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
Watch video of Sanders’ appearance on CNN below.
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