Thought the health care debate was over? Not by a long shot. At least, not if Bernie Sanders has anything to do with it.
Although the GOP health care bill previously proposed by Speaker Paul Ryan was officially shut down, Trump made it clear that he had no intentions of drafting a new bill, or even reworking the current bill. The goal of the bill had been to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which the republicans had promised to do for the last seven years, since it was passed under President Obama.
But Sanders isn’t about to just let health care fall by the waist side. The Vermont senator held a town hall meeting this past weekend where he discussed his “Medicare for All” plan. The plan will supposedly be very similar to a bill he advocated for six years ago in which a single payer health care system was implemented by individual states, as opposed to the federal government.
“It is a common sense proposal, and I think once the American people understand it, we can go forward with it.”
Sanders later appeared on CNN where he said he would be happy to work with the President on a bi-partisan plan.
This is directly opposite from what President Trump said following a failure to pass the GOP health care bill in the House, for which he blamed the democrats. Trump said,
“[The] best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let ObamaCare explode. It’s exploding right now… Almost all states have big problems.”
“I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to introduce the bill as early as in a few weeks but with a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate, there is little chance it will make it through.