Bernie Sanders teases plan to eliminate billions in medical debt

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      Charles
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      Updated 7:47 AM ET, Sat August 31, 2019

      Florence, South Carolina (CNN)

       

      Sen. Bernie Sanders announced late Friday that he plans to eliminate billions in medical debt, hinting at a proposal the 2020 presidential Democratic candidate’s campaign has yet to release in full.

       

      The plan, which the Sanders campaign says would cancel $81 billion in existing past-due medical debt and make changes to the 2005 bankruptcy bill, is not expected to be released in its entirety for another month. The proposal — which is still in the works, separate from the senator’s “Medicare for All” plan and meant to address debt under the current system — does not explicitly state how Sanders will eliminate medical debt, but says, “under this plan, the federal government will negotiate and pay off past-due medical bills in collection that have been reported to credit agencies.”
      Sanders’ announcement came during a health care-focused town hall in Florence, South Carolina, in response to a question from an audience member on how he would address the issue. The campaign was still developing details of the plan when Sanders hinted at its release Friday night, but released an outline Saturday after the Vermont senator was asked about the issue directly….
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      NJCher
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      does not explicitly state how Sanders will eliminate medical debt, but says, “under this plan, the federal government will negotiate and pay off past-due medical bills in collection that have been reported to credit agencies.”

      Mass negotiation of medical bill debt.  Sheer genius.

      This is why we need Bernie Sanders, not “Try to be Bernie Warren.”

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      davidpdx
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      I’m glad he’s taking up this issues as well because many people are buried in medical debt.

      I hope he doesn’t bow on the student loan debt forgiveness. He’s the only one who is for wiping it all out.

      American living abroad in South Korea and a proud progressive.

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