Trump bashes 'Medicare for All' in swipe at Sanders

Trump bashes 'Medicare for All' in swipe at Sanders
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President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE took a shot at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats face critical 72 hours Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Manchin nixes Medicare expansion Manchin shutting down Sanders on Medicare expansion MORE, declaring at his annual State of the Union address, “We will never let socialism destroy American health care!”

“One hundred thirty-two lawmakers in this room have endorsed legislation to impose a socialist takeover of our health care system, wiping out the private health insurance plans of 180 million Americans,” he said in a slam of the Independent Vermont senator's signature health care reform bill, “Medicare for All.”

Trump pledged to “those watching at home” that he would not let it happen.

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“Over 130 legislators in this chamber have endorsed legislation that would bankrupt our nation by providing free taxpayer-funded health care to millions of illegal aliens, forcing taxpayers to subsidize free care for anyone in the world who unlawfully crosses our borders,” Trump added.

The president received loud cheers from the Republican side of the aisle when he delivered his applause line, while Democratic lawmakers sat solemnly in their seats and refused to clap — including lawmakers such as Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownWhen the Fed plays follow the leader, it steers us all toward inflation Which proposals will survive in the Democrats' spending plan? Senate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents MORE (D-Ohio), who doesn’t support Medicare for All.

Three of the leading Democratic candidates for president — Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats face critical 72 hours The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal This week: Democrats aim to unlock Biden economic, infrastructure package MORE (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act:  a bill long overdue MORE — have said undocumented immigrants should be covered under a government-run health care plan.

“Medicare for All, as I put this together, covers everyone, regardless of immigration status,” Warren said at a health care forum in November.

Trump on Tuesday warned “these proposals would raid the Medicare benefits our seniors depend on while acting as a powerful lure for illegal immigration.”

He asserted this is happening in California and other states where “their systems are totally out of control.”

“If you believe that we should defend American patients and American seniors, then stand with me and pass legislation to prohibit free government health care for illegal immigration,” he said.

A television camera then cut to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenators weigh future of methane fee in spending bill Biden hopes for deal on economic agenda before Europe trip The Senate is setting a dangerous precedent with Iron Dome funding MORE (D-N.Y.) and Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinDemocrats face critical 72 hours Bipartisan lawmakers target judges' stock trading with new bill Manchin: Negotiators to miss Friday target for deal on reconciliation bill MORE (Ill.), who remained seated, nearly motionless, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE (R-Ky.), who was nearby, stood up to applaud.