Sanders unveils plan to cancel $81 billion worth of existing medical debt

By Audrey Conklin

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders previewed a plan to cancel about $81 billion worth of existing medical debt in the United States.

The plan, which will be released in September, would cancel $81 billion in past-due medical debt, repeal sections of the 2005 bankruptcy reform bill and protect credit scores from being affected by medical debt, according to a press release obtained by The Hill on Saturday.

“We will eliminate medical debt in this country. Just stop and think for a second — why should people be placed in financial duress? For what crime did you commit? You had a serious illness? That is not what this country should be about,” the Vermont senator said at a South Carolina town hall Friday.

Americans in the past year borrowed an estimated $88 billion to cover health care costs, and 76% of all Americans agree they pay too much for health care coverage in light of the quality of care they’re getting, an April Gallup-West Health survey found.

Sanders also said during the town hall that while his Medicare for All plan would mean increased taxes for the middle class, that money would be returned in the form of affordable health care for every American.

“You’re going to be paying more in taxes. But at the end of the day, you’re going to be paying less for health care than you are right now. It will be comprehensive,” he said about how people would benefit from Medicare for All if employers already pay premiums, according to Fox 6 Now.

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10 thoughts on “Sanders unveils plan to cancel $81 billion worth of existing medical debt

  1. What is disturbing is there are people who actually believe this snake oil salesman. — Its past time to turn the education system creating these people upside down and shake out the crap.

  2. Yup, Vermont’s Socialist Senator will promise you all most anything for ” Free ” just to get your
    vote, just a little voter pandering ……….. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is !!

    When I was a small child I believed in ” Santa Claus”, I woke up Christmas morning and there
    were presents ” Free Stuff ” under the Christmas Tree, not knowing my parents ” purchased ”
    these items, but I thought they just showed up….. young & naive.

    Now In my late sixties, it now appears we have a new ” Santa Claus ” Bernard Sanders, as
    he has Gifts abound, Free Medical, Free College, Free, Free, Free, if there’s a debt involved
    Bernie will make it all disappear, just listen to his rhetoric…….. Money is no object.

    For all of the minions that follow Socialist Sanders, and use to believe in Santa Claus, well
    they are both spurious !!

  3. What happens when Bernie’s latest scheme causes health care facilities to go out of business? Then NO healthcare would be available. Details details….

  4. Do as I say and not as I do Bernie. The Charles Manson of the political arena and the fools keep gathering and donating their money. We’ll never have to work again for he will take care of everything we need. What is this nation becoming as the followers buy into his BS. Meanwhile, he lives in a world of luxury with all his capitalist unearned dollars.

  5. So far, he’s forgiving college loans andfree Medicare for all. Now he’s added forgiveness of all medical debt. Thus far his sceme to pay for all this is sketchy at best. He will keep offering freebies until he finds the hot button which he believes will get him the nomination and eventually the presidency. He should read the fairy tale of the Pied Piper. That might help. The man’s dilusional.

    • Mike,
      Sanders thinks China an Japan will loan us the money so the US government can go even deeper in debt.

      Or maybe, Sanders will sell his $70,000 Audies and two of his three houses and use his tax free foundation to pay for it

  6. People should live their lives so they stay healthy, never need a doctor, or a hospital.

    Socialist Bernie is encouraging people to do vaping, drugs, alcohol smoking, and eat junk food.

    When they become sickly, they will have medical bills.

    Bernie wants these people to be treated for free, i.e., paid for by those who have healthy lifestyles.

    Another off the charts idea, even the Socialists in Russia did no think of.

    Send him packing back to Brooklyn

    • That’s a great analogy, Willem. Bernie and the other progressive snake oil salesmen are no different from drug cartels and street-corner ‘pushers’. First they get the kids addicted. Then they control the entire community – such as it is. Just look at the homelessness, filth and disease in those Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago, LA and San Francisco cities that have been governed by these people for decades. Even Burlington and Brattleboro have the problem.

      But it’s not just these charlatans who are at fault. It’s the fools who vote for them.

  7. Bernie Sanders is using every lie he can come up with to destroy America and to get sheep to follow him and vote for him

    Will somebody please tell Bernie Sanders that nothing is free

    • That’s what happens when one has done nothing but be a professional politician their entire life.
      They become too accustomed to wasting other people’s money, and promising to do more of it pandering for votes.

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