Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said Saturday that President Donald Trump’s characterization of Australia’s health care as better than the American system is absolutely true.
The self-proclaimed socialist senator believes the U.S. should use Australia’s universal health care system as a model for repealing and replacing Obamacare.
The senator also said that lawmakers should take the recently passed House plan to repeal and replace Obamacare–American Health Care Act (AHCA)–and “throw it in the garbage.” Sanders says the bill does not provide protections and does not guarantee coverage for “ordinary Americans.”
President Trump is right. The Australian health care system provides health care to all of its people at a fraction of the cost than we do. pic.twitter.com/CCrZlEyjQh
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 6, 2017
Hours after members of the House passed the AHCA Thursday, Trump met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
During the meeting, Trump promised the AHCA would bring “fantastic health care” to millions of Americans currently suffering under Obamacare.
The president shocked many when he turned to the prime minister and said, “I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia, because you have better health care than we do.”