During a CNN town hall, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) cut through Trump’s dominance of cable news to tell the American people the truth about Obamacare repeal that Republicans are desperately attempting to hide.
At a CNN town hall, Sen. Sanders took a question from a terminal cancer patient who is afraid that Republicans will repeal the Affordable Care Act, which will be life and death issue for her.
We forget that it was only eight years ago seven years ago where somebody who had breast cancer, somebody who had other serious illness could go to an insurance company, and they would say why would we want to insure you? You’re going to cost us a fortune. You’re sick. We can’t make money out of you, and the American people said that is insane. What’s the function of insurance if you can’t get it when you need it? But that’s what went on, and as a result of the Affordable Care Act, we said to the insurance companies, no, you can’t discriminate against somebody for a pre-existing condition, and we said many other things too.
I suspect and tell me if I’m wrong, you’re probably running up a pretty steep medical bill. Yeah?
Alright. And it used to be there were caps on what the insurance company would pay. We’ll pay you a hundred thousand. We won’t pay more. Well, how do I pay the next hundred thousand? Tough luck. You’re on your own. We changed that as well.
To answer your question, Jessica, I’m going to do everything I can – and I believe I speak for virtually every member of the Democratic Caucus – that we’re going to do everything we can to improve the Affordable Care Act. It has problems. But we damn well are not going to see it repealed and have no replacement there at all.”
While Republicans continue to deceive and mislead the American people by saying that there will be no damage caused by repealing the ACA, Sen. Sanders went on national television and told the truth. If the ACA is repealed, people will be discriminated against and denied coverage. People will pay more money out of pocket and have less health care, and fewer Americans will have health insurance.
Those are facts. We’ve seen this movie before. We already know the ending.
What Republicans are doing with Obamacare repeal is a moral crime that will have life and death consequences for tens of millions of people.
In the midst of a seemingly endless stream of Trump cable news propaganda, Sanders said what Trump and the Republicans don’t want the American people to hear. Sanders spoke the truth about repeal, and in the process shattered Trump’s many Obamacare lies.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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