Sanders: Single Payer Would Save Families Significant Amounts of Money
SANDERS: "A single payer health care system in my view and according to studies that I have seen would save the average family significant sums of money. What Republicans sometimes do is confuse the issue. They say, well, you’re going to pay more in taxes. What they forget to tell you is that if you were a family of four now paying 15 or $20,000 a year in private health insurance, you’re not going to be paying that at all. Once again, if you look at Canada’s single payer health care system, per capita, their costs are far, far less than the U. States. All of which have different approaches to a national health care system in every instance they are spending substantially less per capita than we spend in the United States. The problem with our system is it is so complicated for the consumer, for the doctors is that a hospital, for example, might be dealing with 15, 20, 30 different insurance policies. It takes an enormous amount of time, energy and expense to figure out that you have $5,000 deductible, you have $10,000 deductible. The goal is to say that every single person in this country deductible. The goal is to say that every single person in this country through a single payer system is entitled to a comprehensive health care approach and that will save substantial sums of money in administrative costs, substantial sums of money in lower prescription drug costs and substantial money in the top drug companies. The five top drug companies made $50 billion in profit. The CEOs make enormous salaries."