Sanders comes under fire over cost of 'Medicare for All'

Sanders comes under fire over cost of 'Medicare for All'
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Democratic presidential candidates piled on Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points GE employees urge company to use laid-off workers to make ventilators MORE (I-Vt.) during the South Carolina debate on Tuesday over the cost of his “Medicare for All” plan.

Sanders said he has laid out “options all over the place” to pay for his plan, which is estimated to cost $30 trillion over 10 years. He also repeatedly cited a recent study from Yale University that found his plan would lower health costs by $450 billion a year.

But his Democratic rivals were quick to seize on the price tag.


“No, the math does not add up,” said Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: FCC chief proposes 0M telehealth program | Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus| Whole Foods workers plan Tuesday strike Trump says election proposals in coronavirus stimulus bill would hurt Republican chances Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll MORE (D-Minn.). She noted that Sanders was just on "60 Minutes," where he said he was “not going to rattle through the nickels and the dimes.”

“Well, let me tell you how many nickels and dimes we’re talking about. Nearly $60 trillion dollars for all his plans,” Klobuchar said. “[The voters of this country] are not with you on spending nearly $60 trillion dollars.” 

Sanders has pointed out that the United States already spends significantly more per person on health care than other developed countries, and says Medicare for All will save money. 

His list of possible financing options, if all added together, totals about $16 trillion over 10 years, about half the projected cost of the plan.

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE, a top contender along with Biden among the more-moderate candidates, accused Sanders of having an “incredible shrinking price tag” for the plan.

“I’ll tell you exactly what it adds up to. It adds up to four more years of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE, Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOvernight Health Care: More states order residents to stay at home | Trump looks to sell public on coronavirus response | Judges block Ohio, Texas abortion bans | Dems eye infrastructure in next relief bill Asian American lawmaker warns of fear of racism over coronavirus stigma Democrats eye major infrastructure component in next coronavirus package MORE as Speaker of the House, and the inability to get the Senate into Democratic hands,” he said, referring to the House majority leader.