Sanders: Trump should stop 'bragging' about Americans losing health insurance

Sanders: Trump should stop 'bragging' about Americans losing health insurance
© Greg Nash

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersVideo surfaces of Beto O'Rourke playing the Ramones' 'Blitzkrieg Bop' in a mask and onesie If single payer were really a bargain, supporters like Rep. John Yarmuth would be upfront about its cost Dem 2020 hopeful Buttigieg touts his experience level, compares it to Trump's MORE (I-Vt.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I will deliver State of the Union 'when the shutdown is over' Former NYPD commander claims Trump got special treatment for gun licenses Colbert starts petition for Cardi B to give State of the Union rebuttal MORE should stop "bragging" about more Americans losing health insurance as a part of the Republican-backed tax plan. 

"Instead of bragging about more Americans without health insurance, we should join every other major country on Earth, guarantee health care for all people and end the absurdity of paying twice as much per capita for health care as every other major nation," Sanders told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." 

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Sanders was referring to comments made by Trump last week, when the president said the tax plan essentially repeals ObamaCare through eliminating its individual mandate. 

Trump touted the repeal of the individual mandate during a Cabinet meeting at the White House last week. 

“When the individual mandate is being repealed, that means ObamaCare is being repealed,” the president said. 

“We have essentially repealed ObamaCare and we will come up with something much better," he added. 

Trump on Friday signed the Republican-backed plan aimed at overhauling the U.S. tax code. 

While the repeal of the individual mandate marks a major blow to the health-care law, ObamaCare still remains the law of the land. 

Various provisions of the law, including Medicaid expansion, have not been repealed, and nearly 9 million people enrolled in ObamaCare in the past month.