Just this week, Bernie Sanders unveiled a plan for single payer healthcare in the United States. But apparently, even he knows it’s not something the country can afford. Back in 1987, he admitted it.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Sanders in 1987: ‘Astronomical’ Cost of Single-Payer ‘Would Bankrupt the Nation’
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 that—for example, if we expanded Medicaid [to] everybody,” Sanders added. “Give everybody a Medicaid card—we would be spending such an astronomical sum of money that, you know, we would bankrupt the nation.”
What changed? Why is Bernie OK with bankrupting the nation now?