Sen. Bernie Sanders comments on healthcare policy at Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate:
BERNIE SANDERS: Now, we’re spending twice as much per person on health care as the people of any other country. How in God’s name does it happen that we end up with 87 million people who are uninsured or underinsured and there are people who are watching this program tonight who are saying, “I’m not feeling well. Should I go to the doctor? But I can’t afford to go to the doctor. What happens if I am sick? It’s going to cost thousands of for treatment. Who’s going to feed my kids?” We are the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care to all people. We’re spending so much money and yet we are not even prepared for this pandemic. How come we don’t have enough doctors? How come hospitals in rural areas are shutting down? How come people can’t afford to get the prescription drugs they need because we have a bunch of crooks who are running the pharmaceutical industry, ripping us off every single day? And I’ll tell you something right now. In the midst of this epidemic, you got people in the pharmaceutical industry who are saying, oh, wow, what an opportunity to make a fortune. So the word has got to go out, and I certainly would do this as president: You don’t worry. People of America, do not worry about the cost of prescription drugs. Do not worry about the cost of the health care that you’re going to get, because we are a nation — a civilized democratic society. Everybody, rich and poor, middle class, will get the care they need. The drug companies will not rip us off.