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Policy Positions >> Health Care

Bernie Sanders on Health Care

  • Comprehensive care including dental, hearing aids, & eyecare. (Jul 2019)
  • Get rid of all for-profit health insurance companies. (Jul 2019)
  • Took diabetics to Canada for insulin at 1/10th price. (Jul 2019)
  • Canada has figured out single-payer, at half the cost of US. (Jun 2019)
  • Medicare is most popular health insurance so let's expand it. (Jun 2019)
  • Medicare-for-All will lead to stability, not disruption. (May 2019)
  • Medicare-for-all: no more private insurance plans. (Apr 2019)
  • Single payer will transform health care for the better. (Apr 2019)
  • State-by-state Medicaid expansion is a major step. (Apr 2019)
  • 1970s: For socialized medicine, public drug companies owned. (Mar 2019)
  • Elective procedures can be covered by private insurance. (Feb 2019)
  • Pharma companies should justify high drug prices. (Feb 2019)
  • Don't let Republicans do away with preexisting protection. (Oct 2018)
  • Impose Medicaid requirements on states. (Oct 2018)
  • Keep healthcare mandate, according to CC survey. (Jul 2018)
  • Negotiate Medicare prices stop outrageous pharma ripoffs. (May 2018)
  • Don't privatize the Veterans Administration. (Apr 2018)
  • Employer-based insurance burdens employers & stifles workers. (Aug 2017)
  • Mental illness system is in tatters; treat like any illness. (Aug 2017)
  • Medicare should negotiate prices with pharma industry. (Feb 2017)
  • ObamaCare requires insurers to cover you, even at a loss. (Feb 2017)
  • ObamaCare alternatives need patient protections. (Jan 2017)
  • ObamaCare insured 20 million, but didn't go far enough. (Jan 2017)
  • 1999: Took Vermonters to Canada for low-cost Rx drugs. (Nov 2016)
  • Don't ignore prescription drug affordability. (Nov 2016)
  • Federally-run single-payer program with mental/dental. (Nov 2016)
  • Focus healthcare on health instead of profits. (Nov 2016)
  • Lack of affordable dental care is part of healthcare crisis. (Nov 2016)
  • Mental Health: people need more affordable treatments. (Nov 2016)
  • Real issue is healthcare at all, for rural poor. (Nov 2016)
  • No country except USA lets drug companies charge any price. (Oct 2016)
  • Combat Big Pharma's greed on drug prices. (Jul 2016)
  • $12B more for Federally Qualified Health Centers. (Feb 2016)
  • For $500 more taxes, everyone gets $5,000 more healthcare. (Feb 2016)
  • Health care for 29 million more uninsured. (Feb 2016)
  • Other countries cover everyone; why can't we? (Feb 2016)
  • US is the only major country without universal health care. (Feb 2016)
  • I helped write ObamaCare; extend it to 29M more uninsured. (Jan 2016)
  • Medicare for All: insure 29M people beyond ObamaCare. (Jan 2016)
  • Single payer: Increased taxes offset by insurance cuts. (Jan 2016)
  • The middle class will pay less with single payer health plan. (Dec 2015)
  • We spend more on care than countries with single-payer. (Dec 2015)
  • Mental health coverage would stop suicides AND homicides. (Oct 2015)
  • Healthcare is a fundamental right in a civilized society. (Sep 2015)
  • Medicare for all: healthcare is a human right. (Sep 2015)
  • Vaccinations work; electing not to vaccinate is dangerous. (Sep 2015)
  • U.S. is only major country without guaranteed healthcare. (Apr 2015)
  • Voted for ObamaCare; but prefers single-payer system. (Apr 2015)
  • Move toward a single-payer system. (Mar 2015)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Provide for treatment of autism under TRICARE. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Sponsored bill expanding the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
  • 1972: Pushed for dental care for low-income children. (Jun 1997)
  • Civilized societies provide healthcare for the poor. (Jun 1997) Voting Record
  • ObamaCare alternatives need patient protections. (Jan 2017) Universal Coverage