Sanders: "I Am Absolutely Introducing Single-Payer Healthcare Bill"

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Now that Obamacare repeal is dead for the foreseeable future thanks to John McCain, the full court press to expand on the existing system has begun with Bernie Sanders saying Sunday that he will “absolutely” introduce legislation on single-payer healthcare.

“Of course we are, we’re tweaking the final points of the bill and we’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together,” Sanders said on CNN’s State of the Union.

Sanders. who if it weren't for the DNC's collusion with Hillary Clinton would likely have been the Democratic party's presidential candidate and perhaps current president of the US - a truth which the public must urgently forget and thus the daily barrage of "Russian collusion" headlines - promised to introduce a “Medicare for All” proposal once the debate over repealing ObamaCare ended. He is one of several progressive lawmakers who back the healthcare model that has divided Democratic lawmakers.

It’s unclear exactly when he will introduce the legislation, or who will support it. The Senate has two weeks remaining in sessions.

According to The Hill, Sen. Steve Daines, a Montana Republican, attached an amendment to one version of the ObamaCare repeal bill Wednesday that would have created a single-payer healthcare system. Daines, unlike Sanders, does not support a single-payer system but used the model as a political maneuver. Sanders’s spokesman slammed the amendment as a “sham” at the time and said Sanders and other Democrats would refuse to vote on the measure.

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TeamDepends's picture

You're a washed up has-been commie, Bernie. Nobody cares.

NoDebt's picture

The D's next presidential candidate will be a Bernie Sanders/Liz Warren type candidtate.  I absolutely, 100% guarantee it.  Yeah, sure, Bernie's pretty much washed up, but going full-Socialist is the only direction the Ds have left to them.  And they will do it.

Don't down-vote me, motherfuckers.  That's weak shit.  Tell me WHY you think I'm wrong, if you do.


Stuck on Zero's picture

I'm all for single payer. I don't want to be the payer, though.

remain calm's picture

Watch ass hole Republicans, all the Democrats, i mean socilaist, will vote for it, even if they don't like it

DieselChadron's picture

haha.. I was just thinking that.  single payer is probably right up those asshole republicans' alley.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

I tell ya what, you Libtard leaders go fix Illinios and I will start to buy into your magic wonders to be everything to everyone AND balance the books.

johngaltfla's picture

Of course the little tax cheating lying Commie failed to mention he voted against the single-payer amendment introduced last week during the Senate debate.

He and his wife are the epitomy of taxpayer leeches and everytime he's on TV I swear I want to make sure there's not blood and slime oozing down my leg from him trying to suck the life blood out of me.

2000's picture

Venezuela has single-payer. It's 30 times, let me repeat- 30 times more expensive for a primary care doctor visit in the United States to have your eyes washed of tear gas or to have lacerations from rubber bullets treated than in Venezuela. Think about that one!

nmewn's picture

So that would be what in Bolivars? ;-)

2000's picture

Let's just say, you'd be referred to as senor Gates.

Hahaha, someone junked my joke. I bet no one goes to their birthday parties.

MillionDollarButter's picture

Reversed eugenics for longevity.

auricle's picture

It would be possible if we weren't the multi trillion dollar war nation. Can't have both. Besides, the MIC won't let this happen, it would strip too much from 'their' budget. Onward slaves! 

rccalhoun's picture

model single payer after canada or UK.  5% of GDP cap, rationed health care, no end of life hail mary's, no hail marys at all. basic, budgeted coverage.  the DEMs know the masses do not want rationed, budgeted care......but that is the reality. 

OverTheHedge's picture

There are something like 180 nations in the world, and most of them have their own healthcare systems, each slightly different to the other (Somalia and Yemen probably share quite a lot of points, though). Somewhere in the world is a system which provides the best healthcare, for the lowest cost, and also takes care of those who can't afford it. Do the research, copy the system, and have the best healthcare. How hard can it be?

The current US system is insane. Replace it with one that benefits the people, not the oligarchy. Of course, you may need to replace the oligarchy first.

bluez's picture

Endpoints News -- British billionaire Jim Mellon and high-profile partners roll the dice on an anti-aging upstart -- July 26, 2017

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When British billionaire Jim Mellon wants to map out an investment strategy, he likes to write a book first. Out of that process came his most recent work — Juvenescence: Investing in the Age of Longevity. Now he and some close associates with some of the best connections in biotech are using the book as inspiration to launch a new company — also named Juvenescence — with plans to make a big splash in anti-aging research.

And they’re planting the first seeds now with a new joint venture that will start to lay the foundation for the pipeline with artificial intelligence technology.

“We are at an inflection point for the treatment of aging,” says Greg Bailey, who likes to highlight some of the new cellular pathways that are pointing to new therapies that can counter the effects of aging.

“I think this is going to be the biggest deal I’ve ever done,” Bailey tells me in a phone interview, as his plane was preparing for a takeoff.  “It will need repetitive financing.  Five to $600 million was raised for Medivation. As we hit inflection points, we will need to raise a dramatic amount of money.”

Worrying about the "evils" of "socialized medicine" is definitely not for the big boys. "The cares of the world are not upon their shoulders." Worrying about "the government" is for peasants.

JohnnyHenricksen's picture

In Switzerland health care is funded with individual health insurance policies issued by about 25 insurance companies.  No employers provide coverage.  The health insurers must issue a basic policy with a 2500 deductible and 10% co-pay with a 3200/person out-of-pocket cap with no pre-existing conditions limitation.  Open enrollment occurs at the end of every calendar year enabling people to change companies with no loss of coverage.  Coverage with lower deductibles is available if one can qualify based on heath history.  There is also an 8% cap/household on healthcare spending (including premiums) above which a tax credit is provided.  Switzerland's health care is consistently ranked #1 or #2 in Europe and spending on health care represents about 11.8% of GDP.

panhead20's picture

Sanders spokesman Josh Miller-Lewis.“No amendment will get a vote until we see the final legislation and know what bill we are amending. Once Republicans show us their final bill, Sen. Sanders looks forward to getting a vote on his amendment that makes clear the Senate believes the United States must join every major country and guarantee health care as a right, not a privilege.”

Can't vote for a amendment to unknown bill.

nmewn's picture

lol...its spose'd to be Faaarrreee! ;-)

vato poco's picture

why is this doddering old fool on TV? and if you're gonna put his scummy lying ass on the air, why isn't he being hammered as to things like his 3 lovely lovely masnions and his felonious theftatious college-killa wife?

Bes's picture

how is nobody seeeing this as an opportunity to tie the hands of big pharma and big government at once?

instead we keep fighting over who gets to help our fellow americans least

it's pathetic

this is why america is falling apart and the oligarchs love it. 


nmewn's picture

"this is why america is falling apart and the oligarchs love it."

Nobody around here worth giving a listen to wanted ObamaCare or bailouts so maybe you should go bitch at those people who authorized it and ask them about how America is falling apart.

I'll bethca a dollar they don't give a shit about your feelz ;-)

JohnnyHenricksen's picture

Big Pharma represents 10-11% of healthcare spending in America and provides hundreds of thousands of high-paying careers and jobs.

desirdavenir's picture

that's true, and that's the problem: peoples living off healthcare without providing any health care: lawyers, managers,... And not just in Big Pharma, but across all the health care industry. Basically, if it is subsidized by taxes, it shouldn't provide stellar compensations to managers et al.

NoDebt's picture

Being a Socialist means never having to say you're sorry.  Or answer uncomfortable questions.  Or lose a minute's sleep over your own hypocrisy.

Government is God to the Socialist.  If you made it into the high levels of Government, obviously, God loves and favors you.  You deserve to be there.  You are without sin or blemish in your life.  You do not need to answer the questions of men when God has placed you where you.  The fact that you are there is proof you should be there.


looseal's picture


Let the CBO run the numbers on that.  Should be astronomical.  

nmewn's picture

Thats the thing about liars with numbers, you never know whats real and whats not.

What I would like to have a REAL number on is, the people WHO DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR THEIR OWN INSURANCE...OR...WANT SOMEONE...OR...SOMETHING PAY FOR IT.

Back of the napkin figgering and carrying of the 3, it looks like that number is close to 100%, well, imagine that ;-)

Nobodys Home's picture

I don't even want insurance! I'd like realistically priced catastrophic care though.

Dode415's picture

Intersting to see how they'd run it - to move to a UK type system paid out of general taxation they would probably have to look at upping tax rates  but then as everybody with taxable earnings and companies are contributing the cost per head would come down and I would say most people would be net better off as they wouldn't be paying massive insurance premiums or have any deductibles. They'd also have to fight massive political donors in the insurance and drug companies who should be hit hard if they wanted to get anything like this through. 

Walter White's picture

moron, you already are paying for it

Nobodys Home's picture

No worries! Pay for it with your SNAP card!

MFL5591's picture

We all knew this was coming old man, this is no surprise..  You have lied your last lie, the people are onto this Washington cesspool!

runswithscissors's picture

John McShitstain will support it.

StychoKiller's picture

I think it's d@mned White of Sanders to pay for everyone's healthcare!

drendebe10's picture

If the single payor us the fukn gubmint, they will fuk it up like everything they touch. BTW mcstain ain't no fukn hero, he is a corrupt turd.

Bwana's picture

California did an indepth study of the cost of a single payer system. The cost would be $10,000 per person. California would need to triple its state taxes from 12% to 36% to pay for the system. With 325,000,000 people in the United States the cost of a single payer system would be 3,250,000,000,000 That's 3.25 Trillion dollars or about the total revenues of the federal (feral) government. Is Sanders so stupid that he cannot see that the cost of government has risen to the point it is killing the economy already? A single payer system would cause the federal government to double all federal taxes. Lastly when has a federal agency except the Department of Defense done their job as it was sold to the people.

nmewn's picture

It is the only direction they have left now but they have no bench. They will be destroyed as "the dim party" but they will still do it.

It is all they have left, a list of nobody's on the bench and "the old white 60's Alinsky guard" keeping them down.

Should be quite entertaining tho ;-)

Nobodys Home's picture

They need to sToP NudGinG ME!

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Sanders: "I Am Absolutely Introducing Single-Payer Healthcare Bill"

My response: I sincerely hope this Sanders bill dies a quick death.

Nobodys Home's picture

That's probably what the dem "better deal"" slogan is setting up. Obama tried to start the engines with his "Redistribution of wealth"....Yah right. You redistributed it alright. From the bottom 90 to the top 10. Top down bottom up inside out. FVckers!

Oldwood's picture

They have abandoned rationality and as such their only path is extremism, much as jihadist have. Their fervent belief in the "religion" of State supresedes any other consideration and given they exist in a media enhanced echo chamber, will believe THEY are in the majority even if there is only three of them.

If they could reanimate Marx, he would be on the ballot. Maybe Raul Castro would consider the ticket, or maybe Maduro, as he will likely be looking for a new job.

El Oregonian's picture

I still can't get that crappy image of Bernie sucking up to Hillary after he conceded the nomination to her, knowing that that pig stole it from him... Whatever shred of decency he had left, he lost it with me that night... What a puke... and his thieving wife too!

cherry picker's picture

In my opinion pure capitalism, socialism, communism or fascism doesn't work.  Russia, China are major countries that had adopted a communistic system and discovered it doesn't work and are moving towards a capitalistic/socialistic type of government.

I appears the countries at the top of all the lists in respect to quality of life, lack of violence, etc use a mix of capitalism and socialism.

We have to be realistic.  100 years ago, even 50 years ago it was possible to work, start a business, buy a piece of land and build your own home (literally).  People knew how to survive from the land.

Today it is vastly different.  Large numbers of people can not find a job and some are unemployed so long they are unemployable, yet we still need the entrepreneur/inventor/creator/employer to innovate and build.

We just have to develop a new ism is all.


Billy the Poet's picture

Capital is the preparations one makes today in order to be work more efficiently tomorrow. The entrepreneur who reinvests his profits, the student who learns a valuable trade and the farmer who sharpens his plow all practice capitalism. Why do you think it's a bad idea for folks to make preparations for the future?

NoDebt's picture

I'm not in favor of adopting any more -ism's.  We have plenty milling around the joint already.  I believe that absolutes of any kind are inherently dangerous.  That's why I'm a Constitutional conservative with occasional Libertarian leanings.  


Oldwood's picture

I'm for voluntary-ism. There is nothing wrong with any "system" as long as it is voluntary, not requiring force, intimidation, lies nor indoctrination......and that ALWAYS the consequences of our choices be borne by those who made them. 

This system of theft, "redistribution", fiction and deflection from TRUTH will not stand, CANNOT stand, and pretending will change nothing except the violence of it's reconciliation.

nmewn's picture

I'm for calling a spade a spade and not letting spades hide behind non-ism's so they in turn declare their allegiances openly and honestly.

But hey, thats jus me ;-)

Archibald Buttle's picture

sigh. the poors will get played, just like they always do. so it goes.

jcaz's picture


For the vast majority of the "poor" you reverence, a little tip:

Produce or die.