Trump: Sanders Single-Payer Is ‘A Curse On The US’

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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President Donald Trump called Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont’s recently released single-payer health care bill a “curse on America & its people” in a tweet Thursday.

“Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for a single payer healthcare plan – a curse on the U.S. & its people,” Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon.

Sanders, along with 16 Democratic co-sponsors, released a bill Wednesday afternoon that would transform Medicare into a single-payer health care system.

The Medicare-For-All bill would expand Medicare into a national health insurance program, making every American citizen, including the 28 million who don’t have health insurance under Obamacare, eligible for the program. While the bill wouldn’t come into full effect for four years, it would allow children under the age of 18 to participate within the first year of its enactment.

“Under Medicare for all, the average American family will be much better off financially than under the current system because you will no longer be writing checks to private insurance companies,” Sanders told reporters Wednesday at the Capitol.

Sanders has brought forth the most popular single-payer bill to hit the national political stage. Top Democratic hopefuls for president in 2020 — Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Corey Booker of New Jersey, Kristine Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California — are not only throwing their weight behind the bill, they are attaching their names to it. Even the House Democratic Caucus is on board with single-payer.

While the bill doesn’t have the backing of all of the Democratic leadership, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has notably withheld her support for the legislation, it does appear to be rallying Democrats around the idea of single-payer.

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