Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Bernie Sanders: I don't take frontrunner status "all that seriously"

Bernie Sanders: I don't take frontrunner status

"April 15 is coming", Mr. Sanders told The Times.

Sen. Bernie Sanders brushed off criticism of his millionaire status during an interview with The New York Times, also saying that his tax returns would be "a little bit more boring" than President Donald Trump's. It allows private insurers to operate Medicare plans as well, a system called Medicare Advantage that covers about a third of the program's beneficiaries now, and which would be outlawed under Medicare-for-all. Despite Medicare's popularity with its beneficiaries, the majority of Americans express satisfaction with their health care, and many are nervous about giving up private options.

In 2016, he bought a vacation home in North Hero, Vermont, on Lake Champlain, paying $575,000 through a trust called the Islands Family Trust.

That book, "Our Revolution", along with another book titled "Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution" helped him earn more than $1 million in 2017, according to his Senate financial disclosure documentation. "'Medicare for all' is a euphemism for government takeover of healthcare, and it would increase wait times, eliminate choice, and raise taxes".

Trump has said he'll take up health care after next year's election, essentially making it a central campaign issue.

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She says in a statement that there are "faster ways to reach universal coverage by building on the progress" through the Affordable Care Act - the Obama-era health law. "We wanted to release 10 years of tax returns". He and other supporters of Medicare for All have generally sidestepped the question of how they would pay for their plan. "What will be interesting is: Is this sustainable as other candidates get better known?" His newest edition of the bill would also cover long-term care, an unmet need for most middle-class families.

"In my view, the current debate over Medicare for All really has nothing to do with health care". But a recent estimate from the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of MA in Amherst suggests that the cost could be much lower. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a gathering introducing the Medicare for All Act of 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Now a front-runner in the crowded and diverse field of Democratic presidential hopefuls, Sanders has had to reconcile himself with his own personal wealth.

"There are variations besides this particular plan, but once you start to actually dig into this, if you want universal coverage you're going to have to do the kinds of things" spelled out in "Medicare for America", Hacker says. But support fell to 26% when people were told Medicare for All could lead to delays in getting care and to 37% when they were told it could mean higher taxes.

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