Talking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont burst into laughter after Cooper asked him about the President’s claim that “nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated.”
Sanders noted that he already had “a clue” that the issue was complex.
In fact, healthcare was a major portion of Sanders’ platform during his bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Sanders has been a vocal proponent of progressive healthcare legislation, including a single-payer system that ensures healthcare for all Americans. He has advocated for the fact that access to healthcare is a right, not a privilege, for several decades.
He explained to Cooper through bits of laughter,
“Well some of us who were sitting on the health education committee, who went to meeting after meeting after meeting, who heard from dozens of people, who stayed up night after night trying to figure out this thing, year—we got a clue.”
“When you provide health care in a nation of 300 million people, yeah, it is very, very complicated. And maybe now, maybe the president and some of the Republicans understand you can’t go beyond the rhetoric, ‘We’re going or repeal the Affordable Care Act, We’re going to repeal Obamacare and everything will be wonderful,’ a little bit more complicated than that.”
“Let’s get beyond rhetoric,” the former Democratic presidential nominee concluded.