Trump: Sanders' Health Care Proposal Would Be 'A Curse'

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Sen. Bernie Sanders' proposal for a single-payer health care system in the U.S. would be a "curse" on the country, according to President Donald Trump.

Trump expressed his view on the Sanders proposal in a Sept. 14 tweet, according to Politico.

Sanders' bill consists of an expansion of Medicare that would provide all Americans with coverage.

"Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for a single payer healthcare plan - a curse on the U.S. & its people," Trump wrote on Twitter, Politico reported. "I told Republicans to approve healthcare fast or this would happen. But don't worry, I will veto because I love our country & its people."

If Republicans want to pass a health care reform bill with a simple majority in the Senate, they must do so by the end of September. The Washington Post reported that there is no chance Sanders' bill will pass.

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Sanders had the backing of 15 Democratic senators when he presented his bill on Sept. 13.

"This is where the country has got to go," stated Sanders, according to the Post. "Right now, if we want to move away from a dysfunctional, wasteful, bureaucratic system into a rational health-care system that guarantees coverage to everyone in a cost-effective way, the only way to do it is Medicare for All."

The program proposed giving Americans under the age of 18 "universal Medicare cards," while those sections of the population not currently eligible for Medicare would be integrated into the program over a four-year period.

"When you have co-payments -- when you say that health care is not a right for everybody, whether you're poor or whether you're a billionaire -- the evidence suggests that it becomes a disincentive for people to get the health care they need," Sanders said. "Depending on the level of the co-payment, it may cost more to figure out how you collect it than to not have the co-payment at all."

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According to Sanders, his proposal would make the health care system more efficient.

"I think the American people are sick and tired of filling out forms," added Sanders. "Your income went up -- you can't get this. Your income went down -- you can't get that. You've got to argue with insurance companies about what you thought you were getting. Doctors are spending an enormous amount of time arguing with insurers."

Republicans in the Senate are dismissive of Sanders' single-payer system.

"Bernie Sanders' home state had a similar plan," Sen. John Barrasso stated. "They realized they would have to double the taxes collected on the people of that state to pay for it because it was so financially expensive."

Sources: Politico, Washington Post / Featured Image: Andrea Hanks/ via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

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