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Bernie Sanders: American People Didn't Want AHCA Vote

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By    |   Friday, 24 Mar 2017 09:15 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday that House Republicans dropped a vote on the American Health Care Act because "that's exactly what the American people wanted."

"The American people understood that this is not a healthcare bill," the Vermont independent and former Democratic presidential candidate told Anderson Cooper on CNN. "This was a $300 billion tax break for the top 2 percent.

"Massive tax breaks for the drug companies and for the insurance companies — and it would throw 24 million people off health insurance, defunded Planned Parenthood, significantly raised premiums for all the workers and cut Medicaid by $880 billion.

"Poll after poll showed that is exactly what the American people did not want," Sanders said. "Democrats should take credit for killing a really, really bad piece of legislation."

President Donald Trump slammed Democrats for not supporting the GOP bill, which also had been pulled from a floor vote on Thursday.

Sanders refused to point fingers on the vote's failure — "that's just a media game" — and said that angry citizens were turning out to Republican town halls to object to the plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"People began the process of fighting back," he told Cooper. "We have got to continue that.

"The Republican agenda — tax breaks for millionaires, massive cuts to healthcare, great increase in expenditures for the military budget, not acknowledging the reality of climate change.

"All of those ideas are way out of touch with where the American people are.

"Our job now is to rally the American people to demand that the U.S. Congress represent the middle class in this country, not just the 1 percent."

Sanders acknowledged that deductibles and premiums have risen quickly under Obamacare, but he renewed his longstanding call for a single-payer system similar to those in Canada and the United Kingdom.

"Why are we not moving forward with a Medicare-for-all single-payer program guaranteeing healthcare to all people, which will be much more cost-effective than what we presently have?" he asked Cooper.

"We need to rethink a healthcare system that is dominated by private, for-profit insurance companies, dominated by very greedy drug companies — and let's go forward and try to protect the American people and not just wealthy campaign contributors."

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday that House Republicans dropped a vote on the American Health Care Act because "that's exactly what the American people wanted."
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