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Bernie Goes Full Oprah: Promises to Erase $81 Billion in Medical Debt

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The Democratic primary war is truly something to behold. One Democrat after another promises voters the world and then some. Heck, the universe and then some. See their plans to erase student debt. It’s insane, it’ll cost taxpayers a ridiculous amount, but a Democrat who opposes erasing student debt will have to fight an uphill battle to win the nomination. Yes, even if his name happens to be Joe Biden.

Well, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has just upped the ante. He now promises to erase $81 billion in medical debt. I kid you not. HeadlinezPro explains:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) revealed one other piece of his plan to overtake the well being care system in America on Saturday, teasing his proposal to cancel $81 billion in previous medical debt.

In an announcement, Sanders said that “in the United States of America, your financial life and future should not be destroyed because you or a member of your family gets sick.” He went on to say that he is “sick and tired of seeing over 500,000 Americans declare bankruptcy each year because they cannot pay off the outrageous cost of a medical emergency or a hospital stay.”

“In the wealthiest country in the history of the world,” he went on to say, “42 percent of Americans should not be losing their entire life savings two years after being diagnosed with cancer.”

And so, if he wins the presidential election, Sanders promises to erase $81 billion in medical debt across the board.

It’s easy to laugh at such plans, but the scary thing is that Democrats will have to push them through Congress somehow if they end up defeating President Trump next year. The progressive base of the party isn’t going to sit idly by while such campaign promises are broken. Oh no, this will happen or Democratic leaders will face an internal party struggle the likes of which they haven’t seen, well, since the Civil War.