Former Vice President Joe Biden blasted "Medicare for All" during a campaign event Wednesday, prompting Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to accuse him of using insurance industry talking points.
"The idea that someone is going to be able to go out and spend what turns out to be, if you add on everything that's going to be free beyond Obamacare, excuse me beyond Medicare for All, which is going to come out to about $3.4 trillion a year," Biden said to reporters Wednesday, according to Salon.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report the U.S. spent $3.5 trillion on healthcare in 2017. Independent estimates place U.S. healthcare spending in 2018 at $3.65 trillion, according to Axios.
"It is really sad that Joe Biden is using the talking points of the insurance industry to attack Medicare for All," Sanders said in a statement Friday. "Joe must know that we currently spend twice as much per capita on healthcare as the people of almost any other major country and that we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs."
He added, "Under Medicare for All, funded in a progressive manner, all Americans will have comprehensive healthcare coverage as a guaranteed human right and, with no premiums, co-payments, or out-of-pocket expenses, ordinary Americans will be spending far less for that care than they currently pay."
The senator said at Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate he is "tired . . . of people defending a system which is dysfunctional, which is cruel."
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