Watch Bernie Sanders Discuss Health Care Bill Issues

“That idea is an absurd idea.”

July 02, 2017

Bernie Sanders went on to Jake Tapper's "State Of The Union" Sunday morning to discuss the most recent developments in the Republican party's unsuccessful attempts to repeal and replace Obama's Affordable Care Act. Republican Senator Ben Sasse proposed repealing Obama's ACA in a separate process from replacing it- which Senator Sanders says would leave 32 million Americans uninsured, and which experts theorize could kill tens of thousands of people each year.

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When asked if Senator Sasse's recommendation, to repeal before trying to replace, was a good one, Senator Sanders responded "that is an absurd idea."

"What we have go to do, which is common sense," said Sanders. "Which is what the vast majority of the American people want us to do is, is to say 'Okay, what are the problems, and how do we work together to solve them?' And we know what the problems are."

Senator Sanders then outlined the issues with the ACA, including high deductibles and copayments, as well as extremely high market prices for prescription medication.

Senator Sasse's recommendation comes after Mitch McConnell threatened Republican lawmakers with working across the aisle for a new healthcare bill if party infighting between Republicans did not stop.

The controversial plan to replace Obama's ACA with a Republican bill has been met with very little support, even from within the Republican party. Expert analysis has shown that the bill could leave as many as 22 million people uninsured, nearly 10% of the American population. Because of the low levels of support, the senate vote on the bill was pushed back until after the July 4 recess.

You can watch the full clip of Senator Sander's interview above.

Watch Bernie Sanders Discuss Health Care Bill Issues