President Donald Trump met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York on Thursday, he voiced his optimism about the American Health Care Act.
“It’s a very good bill right now, the premiums are going to come down very substantially, the deductibles are going to come down,” said Trump in a press conference with Turnbull. “It’s going to be fantastic health care. Right now, Obamacare is failing.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders weighed in on the comments during an interview on MSNBC after Trump remarked that Australia has “better healthcare than we do” during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“That’s great. Let’s take a look at the Australian healthcare system. Maybe he wants to take a look at the Canadian healthcare system or systems throughout Europe,” Sanders, an advocate of a single-payer system, told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
“Thank you, Mr. President. Let us move to a Medicare-for-all system that does what every other major country on earth does — guarantee healthcare to all people at a fraction of the cost per-capita that we spend. Thank you, Mr. President. We’ll quote you on the floor of the Senate,” he added.
The Australian healthcare model consists of both private and public markets, with the private sector working alongside a publicly funded universal healthcare system.
Trump’s new healthcare plan still has to pass the Senate, and Sanders pledged to quote the president’s backing of the Australian system while debating the bill on the Senate floor.
Thank you Mr. Trump for admitting that universal health care is the better way to go. I’ll be sure to quote you on the floor of the Senate. pic.twitter.com/GTFRHiKw6k
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 5, 2017