Bernie Sanders Thanks Koch Brothers for Making Case for ‘Medicare for All’

U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during campaign rally with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek on November 3, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The U.S. presidential general election is November 8. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) publicly thanked the Koch brothers in a Monday tweet for “making the case for Medicare for all,” referring to a study analyzing the cost of single-payer health care.

Sanders thanked the Koch brothers for accidentally arguing that his plan would cut healthcare costs by $2 trillion over 10 years, referring to a study conducted by researchers at the libertarian Mercatus Center at George Mason University—which is backed by the billionaires Charles and David Koch.

“Let me thank the Koch brothers, of all people, for sponsoring a study that shows that Medicare for All would save the American people $2 trillion over a 10-year period,” Sanders tweeted.

The study argues that Sanders’ plan for universal health care would raise federal government spending by $32.6 trillion between 2022 and 2031, but also noted that overall federal healthcare spending would decline by more than $2 million.

President Trump dismissed the billionaire Koch brothers as “a total joke” in a Tuesday morning tweet, criticizing them for being against “strong borders and powerful trade.”

The Kochs and their officials have openly criticized many elements of Trump’s “America First” agenda. Charles Koch and his brother David told donors at a recent conference that Trump’s tariff’s on steel and other imported goods “unfair” to foreign workers.


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