Article by Bryan Howard
July 31, 2019
The Democrat debate on Tuesday night ended up being a little more hostile than many expected. One little nugget of an argument was John Delaney calling out Bernie Sanders for his extreme Medicare for all stance.
Delaney told Bernie Sanders during the debate that his math is wrong. Bernie Sanders smirked as if Delaney was full of B.S., but quickly got concerned when Delaney noted he went around to hospitals in middle America that established they would close down under Bernie’s proposal.
Delaney targeted Sanders. “Listen, his math is wrong, It’s been well-documented that if all the bills were paid at a Medicare rate, which is specifically — I think it’s in section 1,200 of their bill — many hospitals in this country would close.”
Delaney asked, “But the question is, why do we have to be extreme? I’m starting to think this isn’t about heath care, this is about an anti-private sector strategy.”
Delaney fires off, “We don’t have to go around and be the party of subtraction telling half the country who have private health insurance that their insurance is illegal.”
WATCH: John Delaney says rural hospital administrators would be forced to close their hospitals if they were paid at the rate Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All" bill would pay them.
Sanders laughs. pic.twitter.com/ma9vdnWRxx
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