Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had the best reaction to Donald Trump’s assertion that “nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated,” and that he already had “a clue” the issue was a complex one: Laughing out loud.
Offering a bizarre logic to explain why Obamacare’s popularity has continued to soar, Trump theorized that polls show the program’s approval rating climbing not because people like it, but because they know Republicans will soon repeal it. He did not offer more of an explanation for the claim.
“I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” Trump said. “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated,” he concluded.
Senator Sanders is a leading proponent of a single-payer system that guarantees healthcare for all, and has spent decades advocated for access to healthcare as a right, not a privilege.
“When you provide health care in a nation of 300 million people, yeah, it is very, very complicated,” Sanders told Anderson Cooper on Monday’s AC 360.
“Some of us who were sitting on the health education committee, who went to meeting after meeting after meeting, who heard from dozens of people, who stayed up night after night trying to figure out this thing, year—we got a clue,” Sanders added.
“And maybe now, maybe the president and some of the Republicans understand you can’t go beyond the rhetoric, ‘We’re going or repeal the Affordable Care Act, We’re going to repeal Obamacare and everything will be wonderful,’ a little bit more complicated than that.”
“Let’s get beyond rhetoric,” the Vermont Senator said.
Watch the video below, via CNN: