Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, slammed Republicans on Thursday for not holding public hearings regarding their plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying Republicans need to have the “Courage” to listen to the voices of Americans.
“They haven’t had the courage to hold one hearing in the United States Senate to hear from doctors, to hear from hospitals, to hear from insurance companies,” Sanders said during an appearance on MSNBC. “Put it out on the table. Have hearings. Let’s see how we can go forward together to improve the Affordable Care Act, not throw 22, 23 million people off of health insurance.”
Sanders warned of the fallout that would happen if 23 million Americans lose their health insurance.
“Up to 28,000 people die each year if you throw 23 million people off health insurance to give $500 billion dollars in tax breaks to the richest two percent, insurance companies and drug companies,” Sanders said. “That is beyond obscene, and that is something that can not be allowed to pass.”