Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is leading the pack of Democratic 2020 presidential candidates making him a target of aggressive Republican opposition, but the Vermont senator fully embraced what was supposed to be an attack on his health care policy.
The Republican National Committee’s research Twitter account highlighted a recent MSNBC interview with Sanders, where he touted his support for eliminating private insurance companies.
“Ultimately we have to recognize that the current system is incredibly dysfunctional and wasteful,” he told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Tuesday. Sanders argued that keeping private health insurance harmed the healthcare system by making it a profit machine for the insurance and prescription drug companies.
“I look at healthcare the same way I look at public education, the same way I look at police protection, fire protection, all people get it regardless of their income,” Sanders said. “It is publically funded, that is the most cost-effective way to provide healthcare to all.”
Sanders shared the RNC Research’s tweet that highlighted he would get rid of private health insurance with the caption: “You’re damn right.”
You're damn right. https://t.co/5lo87WKS60
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 27, 2019
Sanders hasn’t hidden from his Medicare for All plan, which does ultimately include the elimination of private health insurance.
Earlier this month in an interview on “The Breakfast Club,” the 2020 presidential candidate argued that higher taxes make sense if Americans no longer need to pay private insurance premiums.
“So what the criticism of Bernie Sanders is, ‘He’s going to raise your taxes.’ Well, I may. But you know what I’m doing? I’m doing away with all of your private health insurance premiums,” he argued.
“I don’t know how you guys work or where you get your health care from, but someone’s paying for it. Somebody’s paying Blue Cross or United Health. That’s gone.”
Sanders stepped up his argument this week after the Trump administration revealed they believed all aspects of the Affordable Care Act are unconstitutional and plan to argue so in court.
“Trump and the Republican Party have chosen to stand with private health insurers and help them make as much profit as possible,” Sanders tweeted on the matter.
“I stand with the American people, who deserve to get the health care they need regardless of whether they can afford it.”
Trump and the Republican Party have chosen to stand with private health insurers and help them make as much profit as possible.
I stand with the American people, who deserve to get the health care they need regardless of whether they can afford it. #MedicareForAll
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 26, 2019
Sanders originally touted his Medicare for All vision in his 2016 presidential campaign, but now more Democratic candidates are getting on board. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has made Medicare for All one of her central campaign platforms as well.