During a segment on CNN’s “State of the Union,” a reporter asked Bernie Sanders what he thought of our current system and whether or not he could work with the President and come up with an agreement.
It didn’t turn out as planned…
Sanders started off by stating,
“The bill that was defeated, should have been defeated. It was a disaterous piece of legislation primarily designed to provide $300 Billion in tax breaks to the top 2% throwing $24 Million people off of health insurance, raising premiums for older workers in a very, very significant way. It was defeated, the American people wanted it defeated, and I’m glad that we’re able to accomplish that.”
But then he went on to admit that Obamacare also has “serious problems,” noting that the deductibles and premiums were “too high.”
“As you indicated, of course, Obamacare has serious problems. Deductibles are too high, and premiums are too high, and the cost of health care is going up at a much faster rate than it should. Ideally where we should be going is to join the rest of the industrialized the world and guarantee health care to all people as a right, and that’s why I’m going to introduce a Medicare for all single-payer program. Short term, this is what we can do.”
Although he maintains his usual ‘free for all’ ideal that, clearly, would never work..he seems to at least acknowledge the skyrocketing premiums under a failing healthcare system.
Here it is: