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Louisiana GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy ripped into Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare plan Wednesday, saying it would continue plunging the program further into debt and bringing it closer to complete collapse.
“Medicare has gone bankrupt in 17 years,” Cassidy said on MSNBC. “If we are going to say to those seniors who right now are facing a system which cannot pay for the care they are scheduled to receive, that we are going to add 120 million more people, reminds me a lot that no one’s going to lose their doctor and premiums are going to decrease by $2,500. It’s just not going to happen.”
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The senator said that Sanders’ plan can’t add millions more to the Medicare rolls and still expect costs to go down. In fact, Cassidy said, the system is already becoming insolvent even without Sanders’ proposed expansion.
“You can’t add 100 million people to a system going bankrupt. We think ours is a better way. Ours is paid for. It gives the patient the power, it is sustainable,” Cassidy said. When asked if his plan addressed rising drug costs, he said...
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