Bernie Sanders Absolutely Unloads on Senate Republicans' 'Barbaric' Health Care Bill

Senate Republicans have finally unveiled their Better Care Reconciliation Act, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) can't hide his disdain for the newest version of Trumpcare.

Sanders doubled down on his claim in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper later that evening, explaining that like Trump's 2018 budget, his heath care bill will wreak havoc on the lives of his own voters. 

"If you throw 23 million people off of health insurance, if you cut Medicaid by over $800 billion, there is no question that thousands of Americans will die," he warned.

Sanders also asserted that much like the House legislation passed in May, Senate Republicans' new health care bill has little to do with health care at all. 

"The purpose of this whole legislation of raising premiums for older workers, of defunding Planned Parenthood, denying 2.5 million women the choice of doctors [is] to provide $500 billion in tax breaks for the top 2 percent, for the insurance companies, for the drug companies and other major corporations," Sanders said. 

"This is barbaric," he hammered. "This is what oligarchy is all about." 

Sanders dubbed the bill "the most anti-working class legislation" he'd ever seen, a cruel twist given Donald Trump's populist rhetoric on the campaign trail.

"I don't care what your political view is. I don't think there are many Americans who think that we [should] give unbelievably large tax breaks to billionaires and then tell disabled kids or people who are in nursing homes today because of Medicaid that we're going to punish them," Sanders told Cooper. "Man, that is not what this country is supposed to be about."


Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.