Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Senate blocks Dem measure on short-term health plans | Trump signs bill banning drug price 'gag clauses' | DOJ approves Aetna-CVS merger | Juul ramps up lobbying On The Money: Trump says 'Fed has gone crazy' after stock drop | Dow down over 800 points | Tech rout, interest rate fears drive market slide Bernie Sanders targets Facebook and Google on Kavanaugh MORE (I-Vt.) on Wednesday hit back against an op-ed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump repeats claim without evidence that paid protesters disrupted his rallies Five takeaways from the final Tennessee Senate debate Trump rails against Dems at Pennsylvania rally as Hurricane Michael batters Florida MORE attacking Sanders’s signature "Medicare for all" proposal, saying Trump’s piece is filled with “blatant lies.”
“Bottom line is he's trying to frighten seniors and suggest that Medicare for all would cut back the benefits they have,” Sanders told reporters. “The truth is it would expand the benefits that they have.”
He also noted that his proposal would do away with the premiums and cost-sharing that seniors currently have under Medicare.
Sanders, who ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, was responding to Trump’s op-ed in USA Today published earlier Wednesday.
“In practice, the Democratic Party’s so-called Medicare for All would really be Medicare for None,” Trump writes. “Under the Democrats' plan, today’s Medicare would be forced to die.”
That is an argument Republicans have been hammering in the midterm elections as they seek to blunt Democratic attacks on their ObamaCare repeal votes.
While Democratic proposals, far from calling for ending traditional Medicare, would actually expand it, Republicans argue that the added costs to the government would destabilize the system and end up hurting the program for current seniors.
“His op-ed should not surprise the American people in that it is full of lies,” Sanders said of Trump’s piece.