Democrats should take credit for killing AHCA: Sanders

Thursday, 30 Mar, 2017

Back in 2011, Sanders introduced a Medicare for all-style bill along with former Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington titled, "The Health Security Act of 2011".

House Republicans pulled their bill Friday, but Sanders and Welch announced Saturday that they have a plan to move forward. Sanders argued the eligibility age for Medicare should be dropped from 65 to 55, called for legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate with the pharmaceutical industry, and reiterated support for the importation of cheaper drugs from overseas.

Trump has shifted between casting blame on Democrats and on members of his own party for the healthcare bill defeat.

"We're not going to give $300 million in tax breaks to the top 2 percent and throw 24 millions Americans off health insurance".

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Sanders, however, looked at all the programs that would be cut under the Trump budget that are beneficial to this hypothetical single mom - and he found that she would be far worse off without them. Sanders was optimistic that he could muster bipartisan support for the plan, in part because it could lower prescription drug prices, which has been a goal of President Donald J. Trump.

"If Mr. Trump is serious about taking on PhRMA, if Mr. Trump is serious about having Medicare. negotiate prescription drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry, we are going to have very shortly very significant legislation to do just that. Let's work together", Sanders said. "It is time for the United States to provide a Medicare-for-all single-payer health coverage program". Truman envisioned a national insurance system that would tax every working American and pay for medical costs, as well as wages lost while sick.

Earlier in the day, Ryan told Trump he did not have the votes to pass the measure, the culmination of seven years of Republican efforts to eradicate President Barack Obama's proudest domestic achievement.

Democrats have argued that the ACA should be maintained and that lawmakers can address the problems that have been attributed to the ACA. "I think we're obviously looking for a way that we can improve not only how we handled healthcare, but other things; how we do everything". Seventy-two Democrats and not a single Republican cosponsored the bill. Republicans have been demanding that the Affordable Care Act be replaced for quite some time now, wanting to "repeal and replace it", but they haven't ever been able to define exactly what sort of healthcare system would be replacing Obamacare.