Sanders sees Aetna’s withdrawal from Obamacare as a step toward what Dems have wanted all along

Former Democrat presidential candidate and socialist Bernie Sanders is thrilled that Aetna is pulling out of Obamacare.

While major media networks simply ignored the fact that the nation’s third largest health insurer has abandoned the program, Sanders saw it as an opportunity for Democrats to push the single-payer health care system they’ve always wanted.

“We need to join every other major country on earth and guarantee health care to all as a right, not a privilege,” the Vermont senator said in a statement. “That is also why we need to pass a Medicare-for-all single-payer system. I will reintroduce legislation to do that in the next session of Congress, hopefully as part of the Democratic Senate majority.”

And while an Associated Press poll earlier in the year showed a plurality of 39 percent support a single-payer option, it also found that Americans have no idea what single payer  means.

The same percentage who support the single-payer option wouldn’t support it if it meant their taxes would be raised or they had to give up other coverage, like that provided by their employer.

While 47 percent of those surveyed said they would oppose it if led to longer wait-times for non-emergency medical services, 51 percent of respondents said they would disapprove if it meant it would take longer for new treatments and drugs to become available.

Single payer is a system of healthcare in which the government pays for healthcare costs, which sounds fantastic on paper, until people realize what it means.

Single-payer health coverage would be a huge entitlement that would result in massive tax increases and, as the government decides what services you can get and when, non-emergency cases are pushed to the back, or denied entirely.

“People say they believe in a principle, but when you describe the policy, it often loses support because they don’t like that there are side effects,” Harvard professor Robert Blendon, who tracks public opinion on health care, told the AP.

People who do understand the horror that is “Medicare for all,” and that this was the plan of Obamacare all along, gave Sanders a piece of their minds.

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Carmine Sabia

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