A group of 17 Senators led by Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill calling for “Medicare for All” this week, a position supported by over 50 percent of Americans, according to an Economist/YouGuv poll from this year. With the Trump Administration and the Republicans in Congress opposed, it’s unlikely to advance, but top officials have nonetheless come out firmly against the idea.
That’s despite the fact that increased government involvement in health care around the world has actually been shown to both improve outcomes and bring down costs.
At her briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “I can’t think of anything worse than having government more involved in your healthcare.”
And on Thursday, President Trump called the idea of single-payer health care “a curse on the U.S. and its people” and pledged to veto any version of the bill that reached his desk.
Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for a single payer healthcare plan – a curse on the U.S. & its people…
Trump has not been consistent on this point. As Twitter user Jordan Uhl pointed out, in President Trump’s 2000 book, “The America we deserve,” he strongly espoused the opposite opinion, writing, “We must have universal healthcare.”