Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Told an audience in South Carolina on Friday that he was working on laws that would "eliminate medical debt in this country."
Sanders made that remark during a question-and-answer period after a city hall meeting in Florence about "Medicare-for-All." One participant told Sanders that she did not earn enough money to qualify for ObamaCare and had a large amount of medical debt that was not covered by insurance.
When Ms. Sanders asked if he had a plan for it, The Democratic Socialist described to her, "In another bill we offer, we will eliminate the medical debt in that country."
The Sanders campaign confirmed to Fox News that the proposal was new, but the details were sparse.
"We are introducing laws that will end all medical debt in this country," Sanders told reporters as he left town hall. "The end result is that it's a crazy and cruel system that tells people they're deeply in debt or bankrupt because of what they're doing because they have cancer, are sick with heart disease, or are sick." Alzheimer's or whatever …
"In the midst of a malfunctioning healthcare system, we need to tell people that you can not go bankrupt or run into financial hardship," Sanders added. I have to deal with it. We are working on that and we will introduce it. "
Sanders has long campaigned for his" Medicare-for-All "proposal, which would replace occupational and individual private health insurance with a government-led plan. This guarantees cover for all, with no premiums, deductibles, and minimal costs Health services have become a hot topic in South Carolina, one of the republican states that rejected the extension of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
] Sanders legislation does not prescribe any new revenue, it does a separate list of "options" that include higher taxes for the rich, businesses, and employers, while promising that the middle class will fare better.
"You'll pay more taxes," Sanders said on Friday Man and asked how he could benefit from Medicare for All if his employer currently has the most Pay your premiums. "But at the end of the day, you'll pay less for health care than you are right now. It will be comprehensive. "
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The healthcare industry has become a favorite whipping boy for Sanders, who told his audience on Friday," In thirty years' time Kids and their grandchildren will ask you if it is really true? That there were people in America who could not go to the doctor if they wanted? Was it really true that people went bankrupt because they could not pay their health bills? And you have to tell them, "Yes, that's it." But together we will end this obscenity and we will end it in the next few years. "
The new proposal is not the only debt that Sanders has asked for the cancellation, he has repeatedly called for the elimination of the debt on student loans amount to $ 1
According to the RealClearPolitics survey average, Sanders is the second most important Democrat nationwide poll, earning 17.1 percent of the vote, while former Vice President Joe Biden has a comfortable lead of 28.9 percent, while Elizabeth Warren has 16.5 percent support is just behind Sanders in third place.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.