Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed GOP candidate Jeb Bush for his suggestion that Medicare should be phased out.
“It is an indication of how far right-wing the Republican Party has become when its 'moderate' candidate, Jeb Bush, at a forum sponsored by the billionaire Koch brothers, is now talking about phasing out Medicare,” Sanders said in a statement, according to The Hill.
Bush made the comments in New Hampshire on Wednesday evening, saying that while current Medicare beneficiaries should receive what they are entitled to, “we need to figure out a way to phase out this program for others and move to a new system that allows them to have something, because they're not going to have anything."
“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare, it is important that we defend this enormously important program rather than talk about ending it,” Sanders’ statement read. “Medicare provides health care to 51 million American seniors and people with disabilities and has saved the lives of countless Americans. Further, as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the finances of Medicare have been significantly improved and it is now fully funded for the next 15 years through 2030.
“Our goal as a nation should be to join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee health care to all Americans, not end a highly-successful program which protects seniors and the disabled.”
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