• Sanders in 1987: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?=91Astronomical=92=5FCost=5Fof=5FSingle

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    A video from 1987 shows Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has not always
    considered single-payer health care a slam dunk for progressive

    Sanders said Medicaid for every American "would bankrupt the nation"
    while he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont, in a clip posted by the NTK
    Network. Speaking with physician Milton Terris on his local television
    show "Bernie Speaks with the Community," Sanders discussed the
    possibility of implementing single-payer health care in the U.S.

    "You want to guarantee that all people have access to health care as
    you do in Canada," Sanders said.

    "But I think what we understand is that unless we change the funding
    system and the control mechanism in this country to do that—for
    example, if we expanded Medicaid [to] everybody," Sanders added. "Give everybody a Medicaid card—we would be spending such an astronomical sum
    of money that, you know, we would bankrupt the nation."

    But Sanders is now pushing basically the same idea with his Medicare-
    for-all proposal that has become a cause célèbre on the progressive

    Sanders claims his bill would solve that problem by giving the
    government power to negotiate prices, but many experts consider his
    estimates highly optimistic. A study by the Urban Institute suggested
    that Sanders’ campaign plan would cost $32 trillion over 10 years,
    which is about double Sanders’ estimate of the revenue his measures
    would generate.

    "Even with all of those potential revenue-boosters, Sanders may still
    fall far short of the total amount of money needed to pay for his
    ambitious program," Danielle Kurtzleben reported at NPR.

    Hillary Clinton, Sanders’ opponent in the 2016 Democratic presidential
    primary, has criticized the senator for previously not knowing how the government would pay for Medicare-for-all.

    Sanders has garnered enthusiastic support among some Democratic leaders
    in the Senate, specifically those considered presidential contenders in
    2020. These supporters include Sens. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Elizabeth
    Warren (D., Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), although House
    Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it is not a litmus test for

    Dems & the media want Trump to be more like Obama, but then he'd
    have to audit liberals & wire tap reporters' phones.

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