Sanders supports establishing a Medicare for all single payer program.
“There are some people out there who think this is just an incredibly radical…imagine in the United States of America all of us having health care as a right. But I hope all of you know this is not a radical idea it is a conservative idea. It is an idea and a practice that exists in every other major country on earth. Not just in Scandinavia or Denmark or Sweden or Finland or Norway. It exists in Canada; I live 50 miles away from Canada. Not a radical idea. It exists in France, Germany, Taiwan, all over the world countries have made the determination that all of their people are entitled to health care and I believe the time is long overdue for the United States to join the rest of the world. A Medicare for all single payer program which I support would not only guarantee health care for all people, not only save middle class families and our entire nation significant sums of money because all of you should know that our health care system is by far the most expensive per capita of any system on earth. But a Medicare for all single payer program would radically improve the lives of all Americans and bring about significant improvements in our economy. Think about it. People who get sick will not have to worry about paying a deductible or making a co-payment. Radical idea when their sick they can actually go to the doctor and not end up in the emergency room at a much greater expense to the system. Think about it. Business owners will not have to spend enormous amounts of time worrying about how they’re going to provide health care for their employees. Think about it. And we don’t talk about this very much. You got millions of workers in this country who are staying in jobs which they do not want to stay in but they’re there because they have a decent health care program for themselves and their families. Think what it means when young people or anybody else can say you know what? This is the job that I love. This is what I want to do. And I’m going to go out and start this business or do this work and I don’t have to worry about health care because all of us in America have health care. And by the way what a Medicare for all system will bring about is ending the absurdity of the American people paying by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.”