Hillary Clinton took aim on Tuesday at Bernie Sanders’ plan for a single-payer healthcare system.
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She did not mention Sanders by name at a rally at a Dallas community college, instead saying, “One thing we should not do is follow a proposal that has been made by one of my opponents.”
“I was actually the only one on that debate stage on Saturday who will commit to raising your wages and not your taxes,” Clinton said, referring to the presidential debate. “I can’t see how you can be serious about raising incomes if you also want to slap new taxes on them, no matter what the taxes would pay for.”
The Clinton campaign pointed to legislation Sanders introduced in 2013, and said it would mean tax increase on working families; while a strategist for his campaign team said that details for how his current proposal would be funded is delayed until they have a “fully costed analysis,” his, and many health experts’, position is that a single-payer plan would ultimately reduce inequality and ultimately save taxpayers money by putting healthcare security above corporate profits.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon added in a statement Tuesday, “If you are truly concerned about raising incomes for middle-class families, the last thing you should do is cut their take-home pay right off the bat by raising their taxes.”
But the Sanders campaign shot back against that framing of the issue. Sanders spokesperson Michael Briggs said Tuesday, “On Medicare for all, the middle class would be far better off because it would save taxpayers money.”
“More people would get better care at less cost,” he stated.
Briggs added that Clinton supports a system that “props up private insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies which have given so much money to her campaigns.”
The Vermont senator has long advocated for a single-payer healthcare system, and reiterated that position during the debate Saturday. “I want to end the international embarrassment of the United States of America being the only major country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee healthcare to all people as a right, not a privilege,” he said.
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