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Bernie Sanders On Secret Health Care Bill: “I’m Speechless” | All In | MSNBC


I ASKED SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS
FOR HIS VIEWS ON THE SECRET GOP BILL.
>>I MEAN, I AM SPEECHLESS WHEN I TRY TO DESCRIBE WHAT IS GOING
ON HERE BECAUSE IT IS REALLY LITERALLY UNBELIEVABLE.
CHRIS, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IN TERMS OF HEALTH CARE 1/6 OF THE
AMERICAN ECONOMY, TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT AN ISSUE THAT IMPACTS VIRTUALLY EVERY
SINGLE AMERICAN IN OUR COUNTRY AND IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THIS
YOU HAVE A PROCESS BY WHICH RIGHT NOW PERHAPS A DOZEN
REPUBLICANS ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE IN AMERICA WHO KNOW WHAT IS
BEING TALKED ABOUT, WHAT THE NEW BILL MIGHT LOOK LIKE.
MOST REPUBLICANS DON’T EVEN KNOW IT LET ALONE ANYBODY IN THE
DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS BEYOND
OUTRAGEOUS. THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED I THINK IN
THE HISTORY OF MODERN AMERICA, THAT YOU HAVE A BILL OF SUCH
CONSEQUENCE WHERE THERE IS NOT ONE HEARING.
I’M A MEMBER OF THE HEALTH AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE.
NO HEARINGS. NO PUBLIC DEBATE.
WHAT WILL LIKELY HAPPEN IS THAT AT THE VERY LAST MOMENT ON THE
DAY OF THE VOTE MITCH McCONNELL WILL PRESENT A BILL, THE
REPUBLICANS WILL, LIKE SHEEP, VOTE FOR THIS LEGISLATION AND
THAT’S WHAT THE DEBATE ON THE MOST — ONE OF THE MOST
IMPORTANT ISSUES FACING AMERICA WILL BE LIKE.
IT IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE. >>THE CLOSEST ANALOG IN SOME
WAYS THAT I CAN REMEMBER FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS A LITTLE BIT
IS THE IRAQ WAR VOTE, AND HERE’S WHY I SAY THIS.
THAT VOTE, THERE WAS TREMENDOUS POLITICAL PRESSURE AT THE MOMENT
TO VOTE TO AUTHORIZE THE USE OF FORCE.
IT TURNED OUT THAT IN THE END THE POLICY ITSELF MATTERED A
GREAT DEAL. IT WAS PARAMOUNT IN THE END TO
THE POLITICAL FORTUNES OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, PARTICULARLY
WHETHER THE WAR WAS A GOOD IDEA OR NOT.
AND I JUST WONDER WHETHER YOUR COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE, IF
THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THE POLICY IS, HOW CAN THEY POSSIBLY THINK
IT’S IN THEIR POLITICAL BENEFIT TO VOTE FOR IT?
>>LOOK, YOU HAVE — WELL, THEY ASSUME THAT THEIR BASE SUPPORTS
THE REPEAL OF OBAMACARE. THAT’S WHAT THEY KNOW, AND
PRESUMABLY THIS IS WHAT THAT WILL DO.
I THINK THE ANALOGY WITH THE WAR IN IRAQ IS NOT QUITE CORRECT
BECAUSE THIS IS ENORMOUSLY COMPLICATED. IN THE WAR ON IRAQ, DO YOU GO
INTO THE WAR? I CHOSE NOT TO.
I VOTED AGAINST IT. THIS ONE IS HEALTH CARE.
THERE ARE SO MANY ASPECTS TO IT. IT’S COMPLICATED STUFF, AS THE
PRESIDENT REMINDED US, AND THAT YOU HAVE REPUBLICANS OUT THERE
WHEN ASKED BY MEDIA, HAVE YOU READ THE BILL?
DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S IN IT? NO, I DON’T KNOW IT.
WELL, YOU’RE PREPARED TO VOTE FOR IT?
WELL, YOU KNOW, MAYBE I WILL. AND, AGAIN, IT IS A DISGRACE.
IT’S A DISGRACE TO THE TRADITION OF THE SENATE, TO THE UNITED
STATES CONGRESS, AND IT REALLY IS AN INSULT TO THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE. AND THE REASON CLEARLY, CHRIS,
IS THEY DON’T WANT ANY DEBATE ABOUT IT IS THEY KNOW HOW
UNPOPULAR AND HOW AWFUL THIS LEGISLATION IS.
HOW DO YOU GO HOME AND DEFEND THROWING 23 MILLION AMERICANS
OFF OF HEALTH INSURANCE, DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD,
CUTTING MEDICAID BY $800 BILLION, RAISING PREMIUMS FOR
OLDER WORKERS OH,, AND BY THE WAY, GIVING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS
OF DOLLARS OF TAX BREAKS TO THE RICHEST 2% AND DRUG COMPANIES
AND INSURANCE COMPANIES? YOU KNOW WHAT, THAT’S A PRETTY
HARD PROPOSAL TO DEFEND. THEIR VIEW IS LET’S NOT DEFEND
IT, LET’S JUST DO IT IN SECRET. >>IT ALSO SEEMS TO ME AND THIS
IS SOMETHING DEMOCRATS KNOW VERY WELL, ANYONE WHO VOTED FOR THE
ACA, AMERICAN HEALTH CARE IS COMPLICATED.
PEOPLE HAVE ALL SORTS OF MIXED EMOTIONS ABOUT IT.
A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE FRUSTRATED ABOUT THEIR HEALTH CARE.
>>RIGHT. >>WHEN YOU PASS HEALTH CARE,
THE PARTY OWNS THE ENTIRETY OF THE SYSTEM, EVEN THE PARTS THAT
THEY DIDN’T TOUCH. THE REPUBLICANS ARE ON THE
PRECIPICE OF ESSENTIALLY DOING THAT.
AM I WRONG? >>YES, AND NO.
YEAH, OF COURSE THEY ARE GOING TO OWN IT, BUT BEHIND THEM WILL
BE MANY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS O DOLLARS FROM THE KOCH BROTHERS
AND OTHERS BOMBING THE AIR WAVES WITH 30 SECOND ADS ATTACKING
ANYBODY WHO IS CRITICAL OF WHAT THE REPUBLICANS DO.
SO THEY SAY, HEY, WE CAN DO ANYTHING WE WANT.
IT DOESN’T MATTER. >>YOU THINK THAT’S THE THING
THAT EMBOLDENS THEM? >>I THINK IN THE BACK OF THEIR
MINDS IS THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY HAVE AN UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF
MONEY TO DEFEND THEM AND TO ATTACK AND DESTROY THOSE PEOPLE
WHO ARE CRITICAL OF WHAT THEY DID.
I THINK THAT’S A VERY IMPORTANT FACTOR.
>>SO THERE’S — THERE’S — THERE’S TREMENDOUS FRUSTRATION
ON BEHALF OF A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT FOLLOW THIS ISSUE AND NOT
JUST, YOU KNOW, FOLKS THAT HAVE A LIBERAL VIEWPOINT.
THEY KIND OF CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT THEY’RE WATCHING.
>>THAT’S RIGHT. >>THE QUESTION TO YOU AND YOUR
COLLEAGUES IN THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS IS, YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE
YOU GOING TO DO? CAN YOU DO?
I REMEMBER TOM COBURN BACK WHEN I USED TO BE ON CAPITOL HILL
COVERING HIM COULD BRING THE WHOLE PLACE TO A STOP FOR, GOSH,
THE CRAZIEST STUFF. SEEMED LIKE THE SENATE WOULD
GRIND TO A HALT BECAUSE TOM COBURN DIDN’T LIKE SOMETHING.
CAN YOU DO THAT? >>WE ARE GOING TO — I CAN ONLY
SPEAK FOR MYSELF. I WILL DO EVERYTHING HUMANLY AND
LEGALLY POSSIBLE TO MAKE SURE THIS HORRENDOUS PIECE OF
LEGISLATION, WHICH WILL BE CLOSE TO WHAT THE HOUSE PASSED, NEVER
SEES THE LIGHT OF DAY. THIS IS THE HOUSE PASSED BILL,
CHRIS, IS THE WORST PIECE OF LEGISLATION BY FAR THAT I HAVE
SEEN IN MY LIFETIME, AND I WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN, I THINK I
SPEAK FOR A NUMBER


Reader Comments

  1. As a USMC OEFOIFOND decorated combat veteran, I consider Bernie an American Hero.
    MEDICARE-FOR-ALL (Sign & Share)
    http://go.justicedemocrats.com/take-a-stand
    Accept Nothing Less!

  2. Now is the time to get active. Ateend a Single Payer group meeting We can vote out of office many politicians who support legislation that kills and forces Americans into bankruptcy while making the rich richer. JUST DO IT! By 2018 it might be to late.

  3. The only true statement this sewer rat ever said ,but Saying to his socialist followers stop the right anyway they can and one of them again hurts some one again Mr B.S.should be jailed for good.

  4. Punish the poor and make them pay more. Give MASSIVE tax breaks to ULTRA rich.
    Great plan Rethuglicans!

  5. This veil of secrecy is clear evidence of the cowardice of the members of the GOP. And worst of all, the child-in-chief is in the dark as well.

  6. Why are all the democrats so upset???? Do they not remember the precedent that the obamacare bill set?… "We have to pass it before we can see whats in it"

  7. bernie don't worry your power won't block this legislation; we can't afford to provide everyone healthcare and provide everyone free education. These cuts must happen; yes there will be people impacted but the current process is unsustainable

  8. I hate Bernie, just a typical professional politician that lies, misdirects, gets paid a ton of money, pays very little taxes, house many houses and tricks people into believing he is a good guy living the socialism life. HA HA HA

  9. Why is this wonderful man not President of the United States?
    We need a commander-in-chief who dares to care without secret agendas and ulterior motives.

  10. Republican leaders who have been bought are taking a do-or-die gamble to vindicate Money in Politics. After the smoke clears, their sneak attack victory will ensure them cushy golden parachutes elsewhere in Corporate America, while leaving vulnerable American families in ruins for years. RIGHTEOUSNESS over COMPASSION? Hypocrisy!

  11. Thank you God for letting me have double nationality lol where my second nationality offers me FREE HEALTH CARE for 20 USD a year until the day I die… If this gets pass and God forbid I get sick I am out of here lol…

  12. I love you Bernie you deserve the office but the entire world is rigged as the New World Order wouldn't be as easy to conclude if you were in office.

  13. All they're doing is taking all the oil and fuel and killing everyone and putting the fuel in space ships or something and flying around the universe with all of the elite families.

  14. So far I have personally witnessed CBD positively impact psoriatic arthritis, lupus, Raynaud's, tourettes, panic attacks and anxiety….. for a dollar or two a day. When this proliferates across the country healthcare costs will drop like a rock. www.projectcbd.org

  15. He's literally the only person to mention the rep. donors and their obvious advantage. Not a single dem. brought up the financial arsenal they're facing.

  16. I am confused. I didn't know this "Independent who isn't a registered Democrat" was the leader of the opposition??????

  17. Why couldn't y'all give him a chance? HE WAS JUST AN OLD MAN TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE *laughing to keep from crying*

  18. Stop Bernies demand to give free pills to everybody… Americans consume mountains and mountains of pills everyday. We will all get cancer because of over usage of chemicals… On the other hand we need the rich, because we need to rebuild our industry.. If nobody is allowed to have 50 million dollars, who is gonna build that 100 million dollar factory? If nobody is allowed to have 1 billion dollars, who is gonna build that 2 billion dollar factory? We have lost 80 000 factories, worth 50 trillion dollars, in 15 years, because of the dems war on the rich.

  19. These republicans are one helluva an evil bunch, and they act godly, which is what's even more annoying…

  20. The less in the bill the better if you ask me!! We need to shut down the destruction of our economy from socialism.

  21. thanks a lot Bernie, we all put our hope and trust in you, just to find out your under investigation for fraud, it's hard for me to admit your just another rich politician trying to get rich, thanks for nothing, politician

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