Policy experts debate viability of Senator Bernie Sanders’ health care plan

Jan 28, 2016

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Holds Rally At Boston Convention Center

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.; Credit: Darren McCollester/Getty Images

Presidential hopeful, Senator Bernie Sanders unapologetically warned during a CNN town hall earlier this week that taxes would go up if he is elected President, especially to pay for his universal Medicare-for-all health care plan.

But he’s promised the American middle class would make up the difference by no longer paying premiums, a claim that has been widely disputed.

The plan has been the focus of great debate, among its defenders and economists and policy experts who disagree about Sanders’ claims of expanding the Affordable Care Act, controlled drug costs and mental health services that would be available to all.

Today on AirTalk, we look at the nuts and bolts of Sanders’ health care plan and hear from two opposing sides about its viability.


Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P. Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program; she is also a practicing primary care physician, professor in the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College

Avik Roy, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Policy Institute and current healthcare advisor to Marco Rubio, former advisor to Mitt Romney; he tweets from @Avik

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