Sen. Bernie Sanders: Universal healthcare fact checks are 'riddled with errors'

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., fired back against media fact checks that criticize his Medicare-for-all plan, according to The Hill.

A study from the Mercatus Center at Fairfax, Va.-based George Mason University demonstrates his universal healthcare plan would reduce U.S. healthcare spending by $2 trillion over 10 years, Mr. Sanders claims.

However, CNN's Jake Tapper said the results of that study have been taken out of context because it assumes all reimbursement rates will be cut down to Medicare levels, which many pundits consider infeasible.  

"We stated — as has every major fact checker — that [Mr. Sanders] didn’t provide the full context of the study when saying it backs his argument," Mr. Tapper tweeted.

Mr. Sanders argues that the results are not taken out of context because the decreased reimbursement rates are part of his plan, no matter whether or not some people may consider them unattainable.

"What [Mr.] Tapper and others have done is say we're wrong because [the study's author] didn't actually intend to find that Medicare for All would be a great deal for Americans. The problem is: he did find it would save $2 trillion—he just doesn't like that people are celebrating it," Mr. Sanders tweeted.

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