Sanders Compares GOP Health Care Bill to 9/11

• July 10, 2017 1:40 pm


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Sunday attacked the Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, arguing it would kill more Americans each year than the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

"Now obviously nobody can predict exactly how many people will die if they lose their coverage. Nobody can make that prediction," Sanders said at a rally in Morgantown, W.Va. "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."

Sanders then compared the Republican health care plan to the Sept. 11 terror attacks carried out by al Qaeda that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.

"That is nine times more than the tragic losses we suffered on 9/11, every single year," Sanders said.

Sanders has repeatedly said that Americans would die from Republican health care legislation passing. The senator has called the Republican plans "barbaric," as have many of his Democratic colleagues, including in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.). The gunman who shot Scalise and four others last month was a Sanders supporter who had volunteered for his presidential campaign.