Bernie Sanders disputes group’s cost analysis of single-payer proposal for which he hasn’t done a cost analysis


So how much would our glorious “Medicare for all” future cost? There aren’t enough zeroes to describe it:

Sanders’ office totally disputes that number:

Responding to the study, Sanders took aim at the Mercatus Center, which receives funding from the conservative Koch brothers. Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch is on the center’s board.

“If every major country on earth can guarantee health care to all, and achieve better health outcomes, while spending substantially less per capita than we do, it is absurd for anyone to suggest that the United States cannot do the same,” Sanders said in a statement. “This grossly misleading and biased report is the Koch brothers response to the growing support in our country for a ‘Medicare for all’ program.”

That’s a strong rebuke from Team Bernie. So what’s the real cost? Er, they have no idea:

Sanders’ office has not done a cost analysis, a spokesman said. However, the Mercatus estimates are within the range of other cost projections for Sanders’ 2016 plan.


The reason Sanders’ people haven’t done a cost analysis on their own plan is probably that they can’t count that high. Plus, the price tag for socialist utopia is the “man behind the curtain” — if anybody sees it the game is up.

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