Bernie Sanders has said that thousands of people could die if US President Donald Trump is successful in scrapping Obamacare, the signature Affordable Care Act of Barack Obama, the former President of the United States of America.
In a court filing last week, the Trump administration said that it supported scrapping Obamacare in its entirety, having taken to the courts to attempt and dismantle the act after having failed to do so via Congress.
Sanders is leading the polls of Democratic presidential candidates who have formally declared that they are running. He said that the move by the Trump government would have a disastrous impact on the cost of health insurance for people.
The Vermont senator stated: “If Trump gets his way, the cost of health insurance…will be so high that many people literally will not be able to afford it. Thousands of people will literally die. That’s Trump’s health insurance plan.”
In an interview with CBS News, he stated: “My plan is just a little bit different. I think we should join the result of the industrialised world, guarantee health care to all people as a right.”
Sanders is seeking the nomination of the party for the second time. He was an early proponent of “Medicare for All,” a proposal to extend the national health programme that currently provides insurance to those who are aged 65 and older and some people who are disabled, to everyone.
It has emerged as one of the key policies of many of those who are seeking the Democratic nomination and is supported by progressive Democrats including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Today, Sanders said that he would be introducing his latest proposal before Congress “within the next couple of weeks.”
He added: “When we do that, what we understand is that it is just not acceptable that 30m Americans have no health insurance and even more are underinsured with high deductibles and high co-payments.”
He also said that if he elected, he would reduce the cost of medicines – something that Trump promised to do but has failed to make any progress on, so far.
He stated: “If I am elected president, I’m going to cut prescription drug costs in this country by 50 percent so that we are not paying any more than other major countries are paying.”
“Maybe we can do better than that.”