by Taylor Link · July 30, 2017
The Democratic socialist says all Americans should have the same health care that members of Congress have
Bernie Sanders (Credit: AP/Jae C. Hong)
Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders turned the table on President Donald Trump in an interview with Jake Tapper Sunday, pointing out that he ironically agreed with the commander in chief on one issue of health care.
To start the interview, Tapper asked Sanders what he thought of Trump’s threat to revoke lawmakers’ health insurance. Members of Congress receive gold-level Obamacare policies that are largely subsidized by the government.
Sanders pushed his universal health-care agenda in his response to the question.
“I would turn that around a little bit and say to the president of Unite States that, yes, every single American, in every state of this country, should be able to get the health care that members of Congress have,” the senator from Vermont said.
Sanders did not mince his words when it came to Trump’s cynical plan to defeat Obamacare by undermining the exchanges and driving insurers out of the markets.
“It’s incomprehensible that we have a president of the United States who wants to sabotage health care in America, make life more difficult for millions of people struggling now to get their health insurance that they need,” Sanders said.
“Maybe the president should stop his tweeting for a while and understand that America today is the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care to all people and the solution is not to throw tens of millions of people off of health insurance,” he added.
Sanders suggested that Congress returns to regular order, so that they can come up with solutions to make the health care system in America better. He said that there should be a public option available for all Americans.