Bernie Sanders campaigned on the health care issue too — the disparity in health care coverage between rich and poor being a major factor in the “two Americas” Sanders rails against. Health care is just as important as fair taxes, reining in Wall Street and the rest of Sanders’ progressive platform all aimed at rolling back “income and wealth inequality.” Or, in this case, “health inequality.” Now with the withdrawal of the GOP’s Obamacare repeal and replace bill, Sanders says he’ll offer an alternative.
“I’m going to introduce a Medicare for all single-payer programs,” Sanders said on CNN this weekend. Sanders invited President Trump to “come on board,” imploring the president to work with him to “end the absurdity of Americans paying by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.” Sanders’ plan starts from the notion that health care is a right, rather than a privilege. Sanders’ plan, which he says has been “estimated to cost $1.38 trillion a year,” claims “businesses would save over $9,400 a year in health care costs for the average employee.” The plan on which Sanders’s bill will be based can be found here under the title: Medicare For All.