In an interview with CNN host Jake Tapper, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pledged to propose a single-payer health care bill even though the socialist system failed in Vermont.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Sanders, a self-described democratic-socialist, about the Republicans’ failure thus far to repeal and replace Obamacare. Tapper noted that earlier this month, Sanders said he would introduce a single-payer health care bill following the current health care debate.
This month, Sanders announced that he would propose single-payer legislation amidst the debate around health care. Following the inability of Republicans to repeal or replace Obamacare, Tapper questioned whether Sanders will still propose a bill.
“Absolutely, of course we are,” Sanders responded.
“We’re just, you know, we’re tweaking the final points of the bill and we’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together,” he said. Tapper later went on to point out a very uncomfortable reality for the senator from Vermont.
“Let’s talk about single-payer,” Tapper stated, “because it was attempted in your homes state of Vermont, and it didn’t work because they couldn’t get the funding, because it would be too expensive, the Democratic governor said.”
“And, then recently,” Tapper added, “it failed in California as well. Democrats again, not able to come up with a way to pay for it.”
“These are cobalt blue states, Vermont and California,” Tapper pressed, “where people wanted single-payer, and there were problems because it would cost too much.”
“How do you make it national if you can’t even get it in Vermont and California?” the he asked.
Sanders was noticeably caught off-guard by Tapper’s question.
“Well it’s not a — no, no, no, no. Let’s — Jake — let’s be, let’s be careful about this. A single-payer health care system, in my view, and according to studies that I have seen, would save the average family significant sums of money,” Sanders answered.
“And what Republicans sometimes do is confuse the issue, and they say, ‘well, you’re going to pay more in taxes.’ What they forget to tell you is that if you were a family of four now paying $15,000 or $20,000 per year in private health insurance, you’re not going to be paying that at all,” Sanders continued, although the bill did not succeed in Sanders’ home state because Democrats asserted the system would be “detrimental to Vermonters.”
First reported by The Blaze.