Sanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare

Sanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersExpanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support The battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna MORE (I-Vt.) said Thursday that he wouldn’t “drop dead” if President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE decided to provide universal healthcare during the pandemic.

Sanders told MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” that Trump has “absolutely no ideology,” so it wouldn’t surprise him if he ended up pitching "Medicare for All," without calling it that. 

“You’re hearing it first right here,” he said. “He may not call it Medicare for All – I would not drop dead if in one form or another Donald Trump got up and said, ‘You know we’re in a terrible crisis. People can’t afford their health care bills. I think we should guarantee health care for all people.”

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The Vermont progressive asserted Trump’s goals revolve around winning and enriching his friends, adding “he will say and do anything to do that.”

Sanders recommended congressional Democrats not promote “their 83-point programs that they often do” and instead push “simple, straightforward” plans to “let the people know which side they are on.”

The Vermont senator dropped out of the presidential race on Wednesday after concluding he wasn’t going to win the nomination. During his first interview since dropping out, he said the coronavirus crisis played a role in his decision because he wanted to help the working class through this difficult time.

“I want to play as good a role, as strong a role as I can in protecting the working people of this country during the economic collapse and doing everything I can to make sure that all of our people have the health care that they need right now.”

Sanders obtained 914 delegates during the Democratic primary, while Biden has received 1,217 so far.