Trump calls Sanders single-payer plan a ‘curse on the US’

President Trump on Thursday called Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE's (I-Vt.) "Medicare for all" plan a "curse on the U.S.”

"Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for a single payer healthcare plan - a curse on the U.S. & its people," Trump tweeted. 

"I told Republicans to approve healthcare fast or this would happen. But don't worry, I will veto because I love our country & its people."

Sanders introduced his bill Wednesday with the support of 16 Senate Democrats, more support than he's ever received for single-payer bills he has proposed in the past. 


Trump said he would veto the bill, but it has virtually no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Congress. 

The bill would extend Medicare to every U.S. citizen and get rid of employer insurance plans. 

A similar bill in the House has the support of more than half of the Democratic Caucus. 

Still, Democrats are far from united on single-payer health care. 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US Colombian official urges more help for Venezuelan migrants MORE (D-N.Y.) have both declined to endorse the plan.