The most popular Senator in America blasted Republicans for trying to take away health insurance from tens of millions of Americans.
“We want to see it fail, we want to see millions of people to lose their health insurance so we can win some political points,” is how Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) described Republican efforts to destroy the Affordable Care Act.
“How pathetic is that for a President of the United States to say?” Sanders asked CNN host Anderson Cooper.
“The American people know what’s going on. You, Mr. President and your Republican colleagues will be held accountable,” Sanders predicted.
Earlier in the show, Cooper had asked Senator Sanders to defend a tweet pointing out thousands could die from Trumpcare.
I hope Republicans understand the consequences of their vote today. When you take 22 million off health insurance, many thousand could die.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 25, 2017
“What study after study shows is that many many thousands of people will die. Republicans don’t like to hear it,” Sanders reminded. “If they don’t want to hear it than they shouldn’t pass legislation that would do exactly that.”
Sanders didn’t just criticize the bill, but the process.
“You can’t write a bill behind closed doors, without any public hearings and without any serious debate,” he complained.
Sanders also updated Cooper on the confusion over the status of Trumpcare in the Senate.
“Anderson, I think I can say without any hesitancy that there’s nobody in the United States Senate who has a clue what is going on or what will go on,” Senator Sanders admitted.
“What happened today with the tie-breaking vote by the Vice President is that we’re going to proceed,” Sanders explained. “So I think nobody quite knows where we are, but I was disappointed that only two Republicans had the guts to say no to this disastrous process.”