Rep. Ro Khanna clarifies what most get wrong about Bernie’s Medicare for All plan


One of Senator Bernie Sanders’ biggest platforms for his 2020 presidential campaign is Medicare for All. The plan, according to his campaign website, would guarantee “healthcare to all people as a right.” As a co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign, Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., joined “Salon Talks” to point out what most misunderstand about Bernie’s Medicare for All plan and debunk fears around less choices.

“Current Medicare law says that you can have duplicative insurance. Under Medicare you can have supplemental insurance,” Khanna explained to SalonTV’s Dean Obeidallah. “It says we're gonna extend that to everyone and you can't have duplicative private health insurance, but if you want to go and buy a health insurance that's beyond, you can.”

Is Medicare for All the only prescription in Sanders’ eyes? Rep. Khanna breaks down that perception and how a president Sanders would handle a compromise from Congress.“What matters is what your North Star is. For Bernie Sanders, it's gonna be Medicare for All and making sure that we move to single-payer.” He said, “Does that mean that if Congress and Senate sent him a bill that says we're gonna have a public option or we're gonna extend Medicare to 55 that he's gonna veto it? Of course not, but he's gonna fight for the ideal.”

Watch the video above to learn more about why Khanna is supporting Bernie. And watch Rep. Ro Khanna’s full episode to hear about the major international crisis that President Trump is ignoring, despite an urging from Congress.


SalonTV host Dean Obeidallah is also the host of the daily national SiriusXM radio program, "The Dean Obeidallah Show" on the network's progressive political channel. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.


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