Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., suggested President Donald Trump should "stop his tweeting" as lawmakers debate changes to the nation's healthcare system, The Hill reported Sunday.
"Maybe the president should... stop his tweeting for a while, and understand that America today is the only country, only major country on Earth not to guarantee healthcare for all people," Sanders told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.
Sanders, who championed a single-payer healthcare system when he ran as a Democrat for president in 2016, accused Trump of trying to "sabotage" Obamacare when he threatened "very soon" to take away "BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress" in a tweet on Saturday.
"You know, I really think it's incomprehensible that we have a president of the United States who wants to sabotage healthcare in America, make life more difficult for millions of people who are struggling now to get the health insurance they need and to pay for that health insurance," said Sanders, who plans to introduce a single-payer healthcare bill in the Senate.
"The solution is not to throw tens of millions of people off of health insurance that they currently have," he added.
The latest effort by Republican lawmakers to alter the nation's healthcare system collapsed early Friday morning when a "skinny" repeal bill failed in the Senate.
Critics have accused the president of using Twitter to distract from other issues. Trump has maintained he liked the format because it allowed him to directly connect with Americans.
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