Bernie Sanders calls for dismantling ‘dysfunctional’ health care system as he relaunches his Medicare for All plan at hearing – though Senate failed to act on Biden’s key social programs
- Bernie Sanders on Thursday condemned the country’s ‘dysfunctional’ healthcare system as he relaunched his Medicare for All plan
- In a Fox News op-ed, he argued for universal health
- “The United States has the most dysfunctional, inefficient, bureaucratic and expensive healthcare system in the world,” he writes.
- He spoke ahead of a Senate Budget Committee hearing on proposals
Senator Bernie Sanders demanded an end to the country’s “dysfunctional health care system” on Thursday, as he relaunched his Medicare for All plan during a Senate hearing.
He used an opinion piece to make his case for the economic and social benefits of universal health care.
“Now is the time for Congress to stand with the American people and take on the powerful special interests that dominate health care in the United States.
“Now is the time to improve and extend Medicare to everyone,” the Socialist-Democratic senator wrote in an article for Fox News.
“Here’s the bottom line: If every major country on the planet can guarantee healthcare for all and achieve better health outcomes, while spending significantly less per capita than we do, there’s no reason other that greed, that the United States of America can’t do the same.
Sanders’ argument is familiar and has been done for years: the United States must catch up with all other rich countries in introducing a universal health care system.
Senator Bernie Sanders relaunched his Medicare for All plan with a Senate hearing and an op-ed for Fox News in which he condemned the US healthcare system as ‘dysfunctional’
The Senate Budget Committee convened Thursday for a hearing titled “Medicare for All: Protecting Health, Saving Lives, Saving Money.”
The debate comes after President Joe Biden had his massive domestic spending plans upended by recalcitrant Democrats in the Senate, who failed to pass his Build Back Better bill.
But he faces deep opposition. Democrats risk losing control of the Senate and House midterm later this year, when voters are expected to deliver their verdict on soaring prices under President Joe Biden.
Even before that, Democrats failed to push their biggest spending plans through a Senate where two of their centrist colleagues — Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema — managed to kill the multi-trillion-dollar Build Bill. Back Better.
Sanders used a Senate budget committee hearing on Thursday to consider the pros and cons of his plan.
But before the hearing, Sanders said the COVID pandemic and its death toll of more than one person illustrated the inequities at the heart of health care in the United States.
“The United States has the most dysfunctional, inefficient, bureaucratic and expensive healthcare system in the world,” he writes.
‘It’s not just what I believe. This is what the American people know to be true.
“According to a March 2022 survey by Gallup and West Health, approximately 93% of American adults believe that what they pay for health care is not worth the cost.
“This poll also showed that 64% of Americans are dissatisfied with the availability of affordable health care.”
And despite spending more than $12,000 per person on health care, some 30 million Americans don’t have insurance and 112 million struggle to pay for the care they need.
Instead, he writes that his plan would cover everyone.
“The Medicare for All Act of 2022 that I just introduced with 15 co-sponsors would provide comprehensive health care coverage to every man, woman and child in our country – with no out-of-pocket costs and complete freedom of choice when it comes to health care providers,” he said.
‘No more insurance premiums, deductibles or co-payments. And comprehensive means coverage for dental, vision, hearing aids, prescription drugs, and home and community care.
He said his plan could save 68,000 lives every year.
But the Republicans have exposed their opposition.
Senator Lindsey Graham, the committee’s lead Republican, said it would raise taxes and deprive people of the choice offered by their private health insurance. ‘
And it’s hard enough to get a job in America right now,” he said.
“You talk about an explosion in the size and cost of government. It would absolutely crush the private sector.