Last month, Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor and cried that cuts in the GOP healthcare legislation were “blood money.” Over the weekend on “Meet The Press,” Tom Perez literally claimed people will die if the bill is passed. On Sunday, Bernie Senders said the proposed healthcare overhaul is synonymous to the 9/11 terrorist attacks – every year.
OK now I’m scared.
Giving a speech in Morgantown, West Virginia on Sunday, Sen. Sanders loosely correlated the loss of health insurance to sure death. He then compared the number of estimated lives lost to the number of people killed on September 11, 2001. He didn’t stop there. Sanders suggested it would be like 9/11 EVERY YEAR.
“Now, obviously nobody can predict exactly how many people will die if they lose their coverage. Nobody can make that prediction,” Sanders said. “But what experts at the Harvard School of Public Health estimate is that if 23 million Americans were to be thrown off the insurance they currently have, which is what the House bill would do, up to, up to 28,000 Americans every single year could die.”
“That is nine times more than the tragic losses we suffered on 9/11, every single year,” he stated.
A bit harsh, no?
This kind of language should have no place in political discourse. It gives fodder to the extremes in our country and makes negotiation in Washington almost impossible. Opponents should be allowed to disagree with the legislation – that’s their right. But let’s not act like this is a bill calling for the end of times. You’d think Sen. Sanders would have learned this after one the volunteers for his presidential campaign attempted to go on a Republican killing spree because he genuinely believed the GOP wanted to kill people.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Sanders has spoken gravely about the healthcare bill pushed by the Trump administration. Basically as soon as it was released he’s been crying doomsday:
The bill Republicans announced today is even worse than expected and by far the most harmful piece of legislation I've seen in my lifetime. https://t.co/EIVIdTKY1x
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 22, 2017
By the way, many healthcare experts don’t buy Democrats’ doomsday prophecies. The Congressional Budget Office’s estimates of people to be bumped off heath insurance, should the GOP alternative pass, are based off assumptions of Obamacare enrollment skyrocketing – which many argue won’t happen. Avik Roy gives a superb analysis to the National Review.