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

"This is what oligarchy is all about."

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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."


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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