Sanders: 'Thousands of people will literally die' if Trump 'gets his way' on health care

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersAndrew Cuomo: Biden has best chance at 'main goal' of beating Trump Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds Buttigieg responds to accusation of pushing a 'hate hoax' about Pence MORE (I-Vt.) said Sunday that "thousands of people will literally die" if President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE does away with the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.

"If Trump gets his way, the cost of health insurance ... will be so high that many people literally will not be able to afford it. Thousands of people will literally die. That’s Trump’s health insurance plan," Sanders said during an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation."

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"My plan is just a little bit different. I think we should join the rest of the industrialized world, guarantee health care to all people as a right," Sanders added.

Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, was an early proponent of "Medicare for all." He said Sunday that he plans to introduce his newest Medicare for all plan "within the next couple of weeks."

"When we do that, what we understand is that it is just not acceptable that 30 million Americans have no health insurance and even more are underinsured with high deductibles and high copayments," he added. 

Sanders's remarks come after Trump said last week that the GOP will become the "the party of health care."

"Let me just tell you exactly what my message is: The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care. You watch," Trump told reporters during a visit to the Capitol.

Earlier last week, the Department of Justice sided with a federal judge who ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down. 

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled last year that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate is unconstitutional, thus making the rest of the law invalid. 

The Trump administration has not yet presented an alternative plan to replace former President Obama's signature health care law.