Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch hosted a joint town meeting in Hardwick Saturday to address hundreds of Vermonters about what is happening in Washington, D.C. Siding with Bernie Sanders, over half of Americans surveyed agree that a single-payer healthcare system would best serve the United States.
The American Health Care Act was defeated in large part due to strong opposition from the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
On the other hand, Sanders said that this setback only proved that the American people are not going to accept major tax cuts for the wealthy while more than 24 million people were "kicked off health insurance".
"It's really about the basic, mutual respect that we have to have in a democratic society to work together to solve problems that affect us all", Welch said.
In his first statement after pulling the health care bill, Trump leaned hard on the Democrats and said that Obamacare was going to "explode".
During the 2016 Presidential campaign, Sanders took off like a rocket, fueled by the promise of a single payer, Medicare for All single payer system. Tomorrow never comes. It is not up to him to decide if single payer can pass in Congress.
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President Trump's proposed budget also got a lot of attention.
"The American people spoke loud and clear; they do not support gutting their own health benefits in order to give massive tax cuts to health insurance companies". "It was a disaster piece of legislation, primarily created to provide $300 billion to the top 2%, throw 24 million people off health insurance, raising premiums for older workers in a very very significant way". A "single-payer" plan would work as the popular Federal "Medicare" program does, paying health costs for those over 65 based on paycheck contributions made by workers and employers during one's working life.
On Monday, Minnesota Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison, deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said on CNN's "New Day" that members of his party "stand ready" to work alongside Republicans on health care, including on issues such as lower prescription drug prices. Republicans have been demanding that the Affordable Care Act be replaced for quite some time now, wanting to "repeal and replace it", but they haven't ever been able to define exactly what sort of healthcare system would be replacing Obamacare.
"It wasn't just we defeated them", Sanders, an independent, said.
The U.S. President did not hold back after the bill failure and reiterated many times that the Affordable Care Act would fail in the future.