Sanders Blasts Koch Brothers over False Medicare-for-all Claims

Bernie Sanders Utterly Destroys “Grossly Misleading” Koch Brothers Study Slamming Single Payer

Bernie Sanders has No Time for the Propaganda That the Koch Brothers are Spewing Out on Health Care

Increasing numbers of Americans want Medicare-for-all. Yet, Republicans and their supporters are still doing everything they can to stand in the way of making it possible for every American to have health care coverage. And the Koch Brothers seem to be at the forefront of this attempt to persuade people that they don’t want the very thing Americans NEED.

As Big Think reports, according to a study put out by the Mercatus Center, funded by the conservative Koch Brothers, it would cost way too much money for the US to bring in universal health care. They estimate the cost would be $32.6 trillion over a decade and taxes would sky rocket.

But, Bernie Sanders isn’t buying what they are selling and is calling BS on these claims.

“This grossly misleading and biased report is the Koch brothers response to the growing support in our country for a ‘Medicare for all’ program.”

Part of Bernie Sanders’ platform during the 2016 election campaign, of course, was that he would bring Medicare-for-all to Americans. He argues that, “If every major country on earth can guarantee health care to all, and achieve better health outcomes, while spending substantially less per capita than we do, it is absurd for anyone to suggest that the United States cannot do the same.”

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It’s true. Out of 37 of the world’s largest industrialized countries, and many more smaller countries, the US is the only one that does not have universal health care of some sort. Not only that, those countries are paying half of the price for health care that Americans are paying. Americans are getting soaked here. And yet the Koch Brothers want to claim America can’t afford to have Medicare-for-all? It seems that Americans can’t afford NOT to.

Yes, in many of the countries that have universal health care, taxes may be higher. However, they also have a higher standard of living and are much happier. And that makes sense. Having to worry about medical bills if a person is not properly insured is a huge strain, especially if a person falls sick. Of course, if someone isn’t able to afford their medical bills, the chances they will see a doctor, even when they really should, are decreased as Physicians for a National Health Program points out.

“When people are under-insured or have no insurance, they delay getting necessary health care and they don’t fill life-saving prescriptions due to cost. That leads to poor health outcomes. When people delay too long, the outcomes are catastrophic.”

A perfect example of the problem is the case of a woman in Boston who got her leg stuck at a subway station. As CNN reported, despite a severe injury that needed surgery, she did not want anyone to call an ambulance because, as one bystander said, “She made it a point to say ‘you don’t understand, I have terrible insurance. Everyone just kept saying don’t worry about that, you need medical help.”

It’s worth nothing that in the US, at 20 percent of all bankruptcies, the biggest reason that people file is due to not being able to pay medical bills, according to the Motley Fool. And when people go bankrupt that is a major drain on the economy.

A sure sign that people do want change is the fact that, in the lead up to the mid-term elections, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York who identifies as a democratic socialist, has become a political rock star. And as she makes the circuit around all the talk shows and speaking to packed rooms, she spreads her message that universal health care can indeed work in America, and she will do everything she can to make it happen.

Featured image by Gage Skidmore/, (CC-BY-SA-2.0).

Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone’s dismay.

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Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone’s dismay.

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