Sanders Admits Obama Was Wrong on Health Care Premiums Going Down

• February 8, 2017 9:52 am


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) admitted on Wednesday that former president Barack Obama was wrong on whether health care premiums were going down.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Sanders' debate opponent, had some fun with Sanders' comments before getting down to the issue of health care premiums.

"Since apparently I'm now trying to kill the elderly, let me ask you a question, when you heard that her premiums had skyrocketed, that she can't afford health insurance, you kind of said, well, premiums always go up," Cruz said.
"Let me ask you, why did President Obama look in the eyes of the American people and promise Laronda that her health insurance premiums would go down $2500 a year," Cruz continued. "Was he telling the truth when he said that and were you and the other Democrats telling the truth when you echoed his promise to the American people?"
"Well, Ted, for a start, as everybody knows, health care is pretty complicated," Sanders said. "I think President Obama is an honest person, and I think based on his assessment, that's what he believed."
Cruz asked Sanders if what Obama and Democrats had said was, in fact, true.
"Turns out not to be true," Sanders said, before going back to talking about health care costs while President George W. Bush was in office.