Skip to comments.Bernie Sanders in 1987: ‘Astronomical’ Cost of Single-Payer ‘Would Bankrupt the Nation’ (VIDEO)
Posted on 09/16/2017 3:14:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
A video from 1987 shows Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has not always considered single-payer health care a slam dunk for progressive reformers.
Sanders said Medicaid for every American "would bankrupt the nation" while he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont, in a clip posted by the NTK Network. Speaking with physician Milton Terris on his local television show "Bernie Speaks with the Community," Sanders discussed the possibility of implementing single-payer health care in the U.S.
"You want to guarantee that all people have access to health care as you do in Canada," Sanders said.
"But I think what we understand is that unless we change the funding system and the control mechanism in this country to do thatfor example, if we expanded Medicaid [to] everybody," Sanders added. "Give everybody a Medicaid cardwe would be spending such an astronomical sum of money that, you know, we would bankrupt the nation."
But Sanders is now pushing basically the same idea with his Medicare-for-all proposal that has become a cause célèbre on the progressive left.
Sanders claims his bill would solve that problem by giving the government power to negotiate prices, but many experts consider his estimates highly optimistic. A study by the Urban Institute suggested that Sanders campaign plan would cost $32 trillion over 10 years, which is about double Sanders estimate of the revenue his measures would generate.
"Even with all of those potential revenue-boosters, Sanders may still fall far short of the total amount of money needed to pay for his ambitious program," Danielle Kurtzleben reported at NPR.
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Full commie now.
If they wanted to be honest they’d say Bernie, here’s what you said in 1987. In 2017 look at our 20+ trillion national debt and tell us why it works now but would bankrupt us then.
That is adopting the left's misleading terminology.
He may not have his old Soviet Masters telling him what is what, but useful idiots will still be useful idiots.
His old statements were probably also him lying to not seem so extreme at the time. But not idiots have propagated and they ARE his base after all...
That was before he WANTED to bankrupt the nation.
Very good point.
They lost me when they installed Leno.
He’s an affable guy, but I never warmed to him.
His interviews were insufferable.
His guests would come on, spend a segment pushing a new movie and leave. You’d learn nothing about them other than what they wanted to sell for endearment purposes. It was a Leftist dork fest, as far as the guest portion of his show.
There were some good folks on too. I just couldn’t wade through the others.
Late Nihgt,... I lived when there was an absolute king doing it. These folks are paupers or worse.
With apologies. Post 9 was meant for the thread below this one.
I think he means Impose Prices. If there is only one buyer and one seller available one or the other will impose the price. I think in this case the it is obvious which side has the larger bargaining chip.
In other words; Healthcare workers would become slaves and hospitals would become Gulags.
His mind has gone since then!
That’s why he’s for it.
Bernie, are you lying now or back then? What’s different...? Moronic Commie...
He must figure the cost of healthcare or the value of saving the country has come way down since he made the '87 statement.
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