Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday called the GOP-backed Obamacare repeal bill “one of the most disgusting pieces of legislation ever passed,” and called it a “death sentence for thousands” of Americans who may not seek medical care when they get sick.
Speaking to a sold-out crowd of more than 1,500 people at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Sanders vowed to help make sure that the bill, which passed the House on Thursday, is “dead in its tracks.”
“Let me tell you,” he said as the theater erupted in applause. “That legislation is never going to pass the United States Senate.”
In the wide-ranging speech, the latest of several appearances the senator has made in the Los Angeles area in recent months, Sanders hit many of his usual key talking points: the social ills of a shrinking middle class, the burden of student debt, and the need to rid politics of corporate money. Like he has in many post-election appearances, Sanders blamed last year’s election results on a Democratic Party and media that he said ignored the economic suffering of those in America’s heartland.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, assailing Republicans in Washington for their health care bill, delivered a message Saturday to the Democratic-controlled California Legislature: “Please lead the country and pass the single-payer bill.”
“Please make my life easier,” Sanders, who is proposing Medicare for All, single-payer legislation at the federal level, said in a speech in Beverly Hills where he was accepting an award from the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog. “The great state of California can send a message that will be heard all over this country and all over the world if you pass single-payer here.”
Sanders, seizing on recent remarks by Trump, said he agrees with the president that Australia’s universal health care is superior to the one in the United States, remarks the White House later cast as merely complimentary.
“Everybody is right once in a while,” Sanders said to laughs. “And on this particular instance, Trump is quite right.”
“So, let me say to the president that if you think the Australian health care system is so good, well, I am going to give you the opportunity to support Legislation that I am going to introduce.”
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