Hillary Clinton has serious doubts about Bernie Sander’s latest single-payer healthcare plan


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In a new sign of lingering tensions from the 2016 Democratic
primary, Hillary Clinton dismissed Sen. Bernie Sanders’ call for
a single-payer healthcare system in
an interview with Vox published Wednesday
.


Vox’s Ezra Klein asked Clinton
, who defeated Sanders to
become the Democratic nominee in 2016, what she though of the
independent Vermont senator’s Medicare-for-all
plan
, which he is set to release Wednesday.

Well, I don’t know what the particulars are,” Clinton
said. “As you might remember, during the campaign he introduced a
single-payer bill every year he was in Congress — and when
somebody finally read it, he couldn’t explain it and couldn’t
really tell people how much it was going to cost.”

Clinton also highlighted what she saw as potential flaws in
selling such a plan — special interests and public
sentiment.

“When I was working on health care back in in ’93 and ’94,
I said if we could’ve waved the magic wand and started all over,
maybe we would start with something resembling single-payer plus
other payers, like other countries that have universal coverage
and are much better at controlling costs than we do, primarily in
Europe,”
Clinton said
. “But we were facing the reality of not just
strong, powerful forces but people’s own fears as well as their
appreciation for what they already had.”

As an example, Clinton cited the
difficulties with the attempt at single-payer
in Sanders’
home state of Vermont, saying it was “difficult to out the pieces
together.”

Clinton advocated a more gradual approach in the Vox
interview, saying that
Obamacare, the law formally known as the Affordable Care Act,
should be stabilized
 and that Congress should lower the
age needed to qualify for Medicare. From there, she said,
the US should take incremental steps toward a single-payer
system.

Clinton has been promoting her new book, “What Happened,”
which details her thoughts on her failed 2016 bid for president.
The book
sharply criticizes Sanders
for what Clinton believes was his
role in aiding President Donald Trump’s eventual victory.

Sanders’ Medicare-for-all plan has 15 Democratic
cosponsors.


You can read the full interview at Vox»

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