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

President Trump on Thursday called Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Bernie Sanders' age should not disqualify him in 2020 Small-dollar donations explode in the Trump era 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 SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers MORE (D-N.Y.) have both declined to endorse the plan.