He began by highlighting the shortcomings of the U.S. healthcare system.
“The United States of America is the only major country on Earth not to guarantee healthcare to all people as a human right,” Sanders said.
Sanders added: “In America, we are spending twice as much per person on healthcare as the people in Canada, Europe or any other industrialized country.”
Meanwhile, Sanders said, as many as 87 million people are uninsured or underinsured.
“You all know what that means?” Sanders asked the audience. “High deductibles, high co-payments, high out-of-pocket expenses.”
Continuing, Sanders made the claim that 30,000 Americans died last year because they could not afford to go to a doctor.
According to PolitiFact, it is true that thousands of people die as a result of cost barriers to healthcare. But the specific number of deaths, while difficult to estimate, is most likely fewer than 30,000.
Sanders further blasted the healthcare industry, who he claims earned “$100 billion in pocket money” last year.
“The function of healthcare is to provide quality care to all, not make billions of dollars in profits,” Sanders said. “We are going to pass a Medicare for All single-payer program.”
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