[Not much doubt – the UGLY face of Socialism in the Democratic party. -Bob]
By Lionel Parrott – Re-Blogged From Liberty Headlines
‘You are not going to be able…to have cost-effective, universal health care unless you change the system…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Democratic senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) isn’t backing down from his call to eliminate health insurance companies, according to an article from The Hill.
After the Republican National Committee (RNC) tweeted Tuesday that the Vermont senator had called for eliminating health insurance companies, Sanders proudly tweeted back: “You’re damn right.”
You’re damn right. https://t.co/5lo87WKS60
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 27, 2019
Sanders’s comments were made during an interview with MSNBC, in which the self-described democratic socialist said the “current system is incredibly dysfunctional and wasteful” and that only getting rid of the insurance companies could achieve his longstanding goal of universal health care in the United States.
On “All in With Chris Hayes” Sanders suggested that bold change was the only solution.
“You are not going to be able, in the long run, to have cost-effective, universal health care unless you change the system, unless you get rid of the insurance companies, unless you stand up to the greed of the drug companies and lower prescription drug costs,” he stated during his appearance.
Previously, Sanders said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) that getting rid of health insurance companies wouldn’t matter, because in the end, “[Y]ou’re not going to have a need for private insurance.”
Sanders’ plan is a stark contrast from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare,” considered the signature achievement of President Obama.
Sanders says he doesn’t support a House bill to strengthen the law because he supports Medicare-for-All.
Perhaps sensing that his call for eliminating insurance companies is popular with the Democratic base, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is parroting Sanders’s remarks on the campaign trail, alarming some of her colleagues.
During a CNN town hall in January, she stated: “The idea is that everyone gets access to medical care, and you don’t have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through the paperwork, all of the delay that may require.”
Recent polling data shows Sanders to be in a strong second place for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, with former Vice President Joe Biden out in front.