Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) let Democrats know where his role is in Congress, and when it comes to trying to pass “Medicare for All” legislation, he’s crushing their hopes.
“Not as long as I’m majority leader,” McConnell reacted on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier.” “It ought to be called ‘Medicare for none.'”
“In terms of Medicare for All, before we even get to the issue of the filibuster, we need 51 senators who are prepared to do what polls show that rank and file Democrats want — and that is a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system. Once we have, and I believe it will be sooner than later, a Democratic majority who are prepared to vote for Medicare for All in the House and Senate, we will pass it.”
“You want to turn America into a socialist country this is the first step,” McConnell said.
“I think what we’re seeing here is full socialism on display in the Democratic primaries for president,” he added.
On Wednesday, Sen. Sanders (I-Vt.) reintroduced a new version of the Medicare for All bill, garnering the support of numerous 2020 Democratic candidates, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
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McConnell noted he’s in favor of “nitch fixes” to improve the current healthcare system.
However, both McConnell and the White House knocked down the idea of Medicare for All.
In a White House statement on Wednesday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders blasted Sanders’ “total government takeover of healthcare that would actually hurt seniors, eliminate private health insurance for 180 million Americans, and cripple our economy and future generations with unprecedented debt.”
According to the press secretary, the Trump administration is working on “realistic solutions” to the Affordable Care Act and promised to “protect people with pre-existing conditions, lower prices for care and prescription drugs even further, end surprise medical bills, and make sure Americans get the absolute best quality of care.”
When it comes to the 2020 presidential election, McConnell said, “I guarantee ya, next year what’s going to be on display across this country is the debate about whether we want to turn America into a socialist country.”