During an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) killed Trump’s idea that Republicans should repeal Obamacare now and replace it later by pointing out that 32 million Americans would immediately lose their health insurance under Trump’s idea.
Sanders was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if Democrats would work with Republicans if they repealed now and replaced later.
Sen. Sanders answered, “No. The answer is that I have a lot of respect for Sen. Sasse, but that idea is an absurd idea. As you pointed out, the Congressional Budget Office indicated that if you simply repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), you will throw 32 million Americans off of health insurance, ten percent of the population of the United States. If you throw 32 million people off of health insurance ten percent of the population of the United States. For seven years, Republicans have been talking about a repeal mechanism, they haven’t agreed yet. If you throw, Jake, 32 million people off of health insurance, what doctors who have studied this issue say is that tens of thousands of people, every single year, will die.”
With one stat, Bernie Sanders effectively killed the Trump idea that Republicans can repeal now and replace later. Republicans are already catching hell in their districts and states for trying to throw 22-23 million off of health insurance. The fallout from throwing 32 million people off of their coverage would be even worse. Republicans keep tossing bad ideas out there, and Democrats and the left have the counters ready to go.
Republicans should abandon the idea of a one-party health care bill. It isn’t going to work, and if they insist on doing it, they will pay with their seats in November.