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Fri Jun 23, 2017, 11:31 AM Jun 2017

Bernie Sanders: Thousands Of Americans Will Die Because Of Barbaric Trumpcare Plan [View all]

Bernie Sanders: Thousands Of Americans Will Die Because Of ‘Barbaric’ Trumpcare Plan
And the purpose is to give tax breaks to billionaires, he says.
By Mary Papenfuss 06/23/2017 10:13 am ET

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) slammed Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal Obamacare as a “barbaric” plan that means thousands will die so the wealthy can get billions of dollars in tax breaks.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Sanders about his statement Thursday that the Republican health care plan is the “most harmful piece of legislation” he’s seen in his lifetime.

“It is an extraordinary statement because this is an extraordinary piece of legislation,” Sanders replied. “If you throw 23 million people off of health insurance, if you cut Medicaid by over $800 billion dollars, there is no question but that thousands of Americans will die.”

Sanders added, “The purpose of this whole legislation — of raising premiums for older workers, of defunding Planned Parenthood ... 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.”

“This is barbaric,” he said. “Frankly, this is what oligarchy is all about. It’s the wealthy and powerful saying, ‘We need even more tax breaks’ — despite the fact that they’re doing phenomenally well — and if it means people in America dying ... ‘Hey, that’s not our problem.’”


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