Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday said that “thousands of people will die” if the new GOP ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill passes in the Senate.
“This is not trying to be overly dramatic,” he told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “Thousands of people will die.”
“Our job right now is not just to worry about a handful of senators who are trying to get this or that from the Republican leadership,” Sanders stated. “It’s to make it clear to the American people that this is not what our country is about.”
Sanders challenged the bill during the interview, saying it broke with Trump’s campaign promises to offer better healthcare options.
“Throwing 23 million people off of health insurance and raising premiums for older workers substantially — that’s not providing health care to everybody, that’s not great, that’s a disaster, that’s wrong, and the American people do not want to see this legislation passed,” Sanders said.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont did not mince words when describing the all-hands Senate meeting at the White House on Wednesday, including the reason behind his decisision not to attend.
“I did not want to be part of a road-show for the White House,” Sanders said to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes during an interview on “All In with Chris Hayes.”
In what was also described as a “dog-and-pony show” by members of the Senate, Sanders lambasted the decision to hold the meeting in what is traditionally held in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility — a secure room of the congressional building devoid of any “cyber-security issues.”
“These highly classified briefings always take place in what is called the SCIF room in the Congress,” said Sanders. “What I did not want to be, is part of a photo opportunity or a political effort on the part of the White House.”
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Bernie Sanders says that he will vote for Hillary Clinton.
Asked on MSNBC’s Morning Joe whether he will vote for Clinton in November, Sanders responded “Yes.”
The Vermont senator, who has not yet formally ended his 2016 campaign, said that stopping Donald Trump from becoming president must be an overarching goal.
“I think the issue right here is I’m gonna do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump,” he said.
Sanders also insisted that his continuing presence in the race is not causing disunity in the Democratic Party.
“You talk about disunity. I talk about involving the American people in the political process,” he said