MIAMI, FL – Following Senator Sanders’ discussion of Medicare for All at tonight’s debate, John Delaney’s National Press Secretary, Michael Starr Hopkins, releases the following statement:
“Senator Senators was wrong about socialism when he endorsed it on his honeymoon in Moscow, he was wrong about socialism when endorsed it in the 80’s and 90’s and ran as an independent, and he’s wrong about it today as a presidential candidate. If Senator Sanders wants to run as a Socialist, he shouldn’t use the Democratic Party as his vessel to re-elect Donald Trump.
“Socialist approaches to medicine aren’t just bad policy, they’re political disasters. Making private insurance illegal will all but ensure the re-election of Donald Trump.”
At last night’s debate, Delaney highlighted his universal health care plan, BetterCare, which gives all Americans health insurance as a basic human right but preserves private options. Delaney’s answer is transcribed below and can be viewed online here.
“They like their private health insurance by the way. It should be noted that 100 million Americans …
“I think we should be the party that keeps what’s working and fixes what’s broken. I mean doesn’t that make sense? We should give everyone in this country health care as a basic human right for free. Full stop. But we should also give them the option to buy private insurance. Why do we have to stand for taking away something from people?
“Also its bad policy. If you go to every hospital in this country and you ask them one question, which is how would it have been for you last year if every one of your bills were paid at the Medicare rate? Every single hospital administrator said they would close. And the Medicare for All bill requires payments to stay at current Medicare rates.
“So to some extent we’re basically supporting a bill that will have every hospital closed. I mean my dad was a union electrician, right, I actually grew up in a working-class family, he loved the health care that the IBEW gave him and I just always think about my dad and anything I would do from a policy perspective he’d look at me and he’d say good job John for getting healthcare for every American, but why are you taking my healthcare away.”