Sanders Trolls Clinton Campaign Chair Podesta On Single Payer Health Care

AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) hit back at 2016 rival Hillary Clinton’s recent attacks on his health care plan by reminding his Twitter followers that the head of her campaign had appeared to have endorsed his ideas in the past.

Sanders resurfaced a 2013 Tweet from John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, in which Podesta said, “Just applied online for Medicare. Took 5 minutes. Single payer anyone?”

Sanders added onto Podesta’s Tweet Monday, “If you ever want to work for a campaign that shares your values on health care, there’s always room at Bernie 2016.”

Sanders is proposing a “Medicare for all” single-payer health care plan, which, particularly before the implementation of Obamacare, many liberals favored.

During her presidential campaign, Clinton has suggested Sanders’ plan amounts to a tax hike for the middle class and in a speech this week, suggested that it was a “risky deal” that would turn “over your and my health insurance to governors.”

Sanders campaign spokesman Michael Briggs told the Washington Post that the Vermont senator’s plan would put forth national legislation that all the states would follow in offering health care coverage.

“Secretary Clinton is inaccurate in suggesting that Republican governors would be able to circumvent the law and deny implementation in their states,” he said.

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