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Bernie Sanders: Coronavirus Impact Makes Need for Medicare for All Clear

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Bernie Sanders: Coronavirus Impact Makes Need for Medicare for All Clear

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“Our country is at a severe disadvantage compared to every other major country on earth because we do not guarantee healthcare to all people as a right,” Sanders said Thursday.

A somber Sen. Bernie Sanders confronted growing worries over the novel coronavirus Thursday on a stage that gave him another opportunity to champion his prized healthcare expansion policy goal.

Speaking from a hotel meeting place in Burlington, Vermont, Sanders (I-VT) spoke for a little over 16 minutes, jumping from concerns about the impact of isolation as more people self-quarantine and the cost of healthcare, to plans for helping the less fortunate overcome the hardships the pandemic could cause.

“Nobody knows what the number of fatalities may end up being or the number of people who may get ill, and we all hope that that number will be as low as possible,” Sanders said. “But we also have to face the truth. And that is that the number of casualties may actually be even higher than what the armed forces experienced in World War Two.”

The Sanders campaign billed the event as focusing on “the health and economic crisis facing the country.” Both of Sanders presidential campaigns have focused heavily on his prized Medicare for All policy goal. The issues surrounding the coronavirus gave the senator another chance to pitch the policy he has tirelessly fought for, and he took the opportunity Thursday.

“Our country is at a severe disadvantage compared to every other major country on earth because we do not guarantee healthcare to all people as a right,” Sanders said Thursday.

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