Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) slammed Republicans on Thursday for not holding public hearings on their very secretive and deeply unpopular healthcare bill, saying the GOP needs to find the “courage” to listen to Americans, including doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies.
“They haven’t had the courage to hold one hearing in the United States Senate to hear from doctors, to hear from hospitals, to hear from insurance companies,” Sanders said on MSNBC. “Put it out on the table. Have hearings. Let’s see how we can go forward together to improve the Affordable Care Act, not throw 22, 23 million people off of health insurance.”
Sanders had a stark warning for Americans:
“Up to 28,000 people die each year if you throw 23 million people off health insurance to give $500 billion in tax breaks to the richest 2 percent, insurance companies and drug companies,” Sanders warned. “That is beyond obscene, and that is something that cannot be allowed to pass.”
Over the weekend, Sanders headlined “Don’t Take Our Health Care” rallies for MoveOn.org in three states, blasting the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare and transfer massive wealth to the upper class.
“Plain and simple, this so-called healthcare bill is a massive transfer of wealth from working families to the very very rich,” Sanders said.