Sen. Sanders: Starbucks chairman ‘dead wrong’ on health care

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers Billionaire's M gift to Morehouse grads points way to student debt solution Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden MORE (I-Vt.) rebuked outgoing Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz on Thursday, arguing that the businessman is "dead wrong" on his argument that Democrats should be more concerned with government spending than single-payer health care.

"I think his comment is dead wrong," Sanders said on CNN. "You have a guy who thinks that the United States apparently should remain the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all people."

Schultz announced this week that he would step down as Starbucks' executive chairman, fueling speculation that he could mount a bid for the White House in 2020. 


In an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, Schultz criticized the Democratic Party, saying that it appeared to be moving too far to the left and saying that some of the proposals on the left are not “realistic.”

He expressed concerns that the party was focusing too much on universal health care proposals and other social programs at the expense of fiscal responsibility.

"It concerns me that so many voices within the Democratic party are going so far to the left," Schultz said. "I ask myself how are we going to pay for these things."

Sanders, a self-declared democratic socialist, has been among the most vocal advocates in Congress for a single-payer health care system.

The idea has gained traction among some Democrats, including Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers Fox News contributor Campos-Duffy compares abortion to slavery 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (N.Y.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign T.I., Charlamagne Tha God advocate for opportunity zones on Capitol Hill MORE (N.J.).