Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the man behind the Medicare for All push that is now pervasive among Democratic presidential hopefuls, boasted to CNN about just how great the private health insurance plans are that his employees get, according to Mediaite.
The comments came as Sanders has been forced to defend his campaign's treatment of staff after disputes over wages and a labor complaint to the National Labor Relations Board.
"And also, by the way, has probably the best health care plan that you can imagine," Sanders said, touting the new compensation agreement his campaign reached with unionized campaign staff. "I believe we cover 100 percent of the health care costs of our workers."
Sanders clearly misspoke (or lied?) here, as the plan covers 100 percent of premiums for staffers, and 85 percent for higher paid ones, but not 100 percent of total costs.
This all leads to the obvious question: If these staffers, and people like them, have great private insurance arrangements that they love, why would they support being forced off those plans and placed on Medicare?
Of course, they'll probably have lower costs and maybe broader coverage than they did on private insurance, but that will be offset by higher taxes and the threat of doctors not participating in Medicare, despite Sanders' false and repeated promise that "every American will be able to go to the doctor they want because doctors will be in the Medicare for All."
By Sanders' own logic, apparently Medicare for All can not be the best health care you can imagine, because his staff already has the best — and it's private. That won't stop him from continuing to push the conversation on health care so far left that Obamacare looks like a conservative law.
Here's the interview:
(H/T Hot Air)