'President Trump once again lambasted the idea of socialized healthcare, as Medicare for All becomes a mainstream Democrat position and more and more Americans warm to the idea of socialism.
In a USA Today op-ed on Wednesday, Trump penned a scathing criticism of ‘Medicare for All,’ a Democratic proposal that would see healthcare handled by the government and funded by the taxpayer. Trump argued that such a plan would cost taxpayers $32.6 trillion over its first decade and rob seniors of their right to choose their health cover.
“The Democrats' plan also would mean the end of choice for seniors over their own health care decisions,” Trump wrote. “Instead, Democrats would give total power and control over seniors’ health care decisions to the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.”
Trump also suggested that socialized healthcare would be a first step towards a socialist America, and accused Democrats of trying to “model America’s economy after Venezuela,” a formerly oil-rich socialist state now wracked by starvation and mass exodus of refugees.
Trump’s diatribe comes as ‘Medicare for All’ is fast becoming part of the mainstream Democratic party’s platform. Long-championed by Senator Bernie Sanders, Medicare for All is now endorsed by 70 percent of Americans, 123 House and 15 Senate Democrats. Among the senators is Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, all considered 2020 presidential hopefuls.
Sanders’ plan has also found support among young up-and coming progressives, like Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described socialist who upset the Democratic establishment by defeating 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in a New York primary this June.
“This is not a pipe dream,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN’s Chris Cuomo this August. “Every other nation does this -- why can't America?”'
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