Sanders: ‘Thousands will die’ under GOP health bill

Victoria Sarno Jordan

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday said that “thousands of people will die” if the new GOP ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill passes in the Senate.  

“This is not trying to be overly dramatic,” he told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “Thousands of people will die.” 

“Our job right now is not just to worry about a handful of senators who are trying to get this or that from the Republican leadership,” Sanders stated. “It’s to make it clear to the American people that this is not what our country is about.”

{mosads}Sanders challenged the bill during the interview, saying it broke with Trump’s campaign promises to offer better healthcare options. 

“Throwing 23 million people off of health insurance and raising premiums for older workers substantially — that’s not providing health care to everybody, that’s not great, that’s a disaster, that’s wrong, and the American people do not want to see this legislation passed,” Sanders said. 

He also argued that in order to challenge such legislation now and in the future, there needs to be a “fundamental restructuring” of the Democratic Party — something Sanders has called for numerous times since the 2016 elections. 

“I think the Democratic Party has got to be clear that we stand with working families,” he said, re-emphasizing a key message from his 2016 presidential campaign. “We are prepared … to create a government which works for everybody and not just the 1 percent.” 

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