Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh in after Texas school shooting Voters Dems need aren't impressed by anti-waterboarding showboating Primary win gives resurgent left a new shot of adrenaline MORE (I-Vt.) had some frank thoughts on the healthcare debate when he appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning.

Sanders, who advocates a single-payer system, said Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusClients’ Cohen ties become PR liability Green Party puts Dem seat at risk in Montana Business groups worried about Trump's China tariffs plan MORE (D-Mont.), the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, would never consider it.
C-SPAN: Is Senator Baucus open to your ideas?
Sen. Sanders: No.
C-SPAN: He's not?
Sen. Sanders: To a single-payer idea? No. Not in a milllion years.

Sanders went on to lump Baucus together with Republicans:
Sen. Sanders: Well, It bothers me. It's not just Senator Baucus. It is every Republican. I mean let's be clear.
C-SPAN: But he's a Democrat.
Sen. Sanders: Well I'm an independent. And that's why I'm an indedendent
C-SPAN: But you caucus with the Democrats.
Sen. Sanders: I caucus with the Democrats. Look, what am I going to, sit here and tell you Democrats are perfect? They are immune from money pressure? Of course not.

Finally, Sanders said any bill that would muster a filibuster proof 60 votes would be too weak. Instead, he hinted at using budget reconciliation rules to push through stronger legislation.

"My strong feeling is if we end up with a bill that has 60 or 70 votes, it will be such a weak bill that it will not accomplish what I think the American people want," he said. "I would rather pass a strong bill with 51 votes than a weak bill with 65 or 70 votes."