Sanders on 'Medicare for All' funding: 'I don't think I have to do that right now'

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he believes his $30 trillion "Medicare for All" plan will be fully paid for, but he doesn't want to produce more detailed funding plans right now. 

In an interview with CNBC's John Harwood, Mr. Sanders said: "You're asking me to come up with an exact detailed plan of how every American — how much you're going to pay more in taxes, how much I'm going to pay. I don't think I have to do that right now."

Mr. Sanders has previously released options to fund the single-payer healthcare plan, which Mr. Harwood noted would pay for about half of the proposal. Mr. Sanders has also said taxes will go up to pay for the plan, but net healthcare costs will go down for the middle class.   

"At the end of the day, we will pay for every nickel of Medicare for All, and it will save the overwhelming majority of the American people, who will no longer pay premiums," Mr. Sanders said in the CNBC interview.

Mr. Sanders' remarks stand in contrast to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a rival in the Democratic race, who promised earlier this month to produce a funding plan for Medicare for All.

 

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