“Thank you, Mr. President. We’ll quote you on the floor of the Senate”
Just hours after House Republicans passed a health care bill that has been nearly universally derided for its ineffective and misguided proposals, President Trump held an international press conference where he straight up praised universal health care as a better system.
But the best part was Bernie Sanders happened to be watching, and like so many other observers, he just couldn’t stop laughing.
During a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump was asked by a reporter if he thought the Senate would pass their own bill. After answering with a simple, straightforward affirmative, Trump then went on one of his typical wandering monologues that ended with him praising Australia’s health care system:
“I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and our friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do,” Trump said.
The problem for Trump and Republicans? Australia, like nearly every other major developed country, has a universal health care system. And Turnbull couldn’t help but smirk and laugh at Trump’s answer.
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders was being interviewed on MSNBC by Chris Haynes when the clip aired. Sanders, who has previously offered to work with Trump on health care, literally burst into laughter.
“Wait a minute Chris, the president has just said it. That’s great,” Sanders said. “Let’s take a look at the Australian health care system. And let’s move, maybe he wants to take a look at the Canadian health care system, or systems throughout Europe. Thank you, Mr. President.”
“Let us move to a Medicare-for-all system that does what every other major country on Earth does: guarantee healthcare to all people at a fraction of the cost per capita that we spend. Thank you Mr. President. We’ll quote you on the floor of the Senate.”