Inquisitr, January 14, 2016
by John Thomas Didymus
PolitiFact has conducted a “fact-checking” analysis of the Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ proposed healthcare plan, which promises better healthcare at lower costs for Americans. And despite widespread doubts that it would be possible to pay for Sanders’ proposed plan to expand Medicare to all Americans without increased taxes on middle class Americans, the analysis by the Pulitzer Prize winning project concluded that the Vermont senator’s proposed “Medicare for All” single-payer system would save the average American family and businesses thousands of dollars in healthcare costs.
The analysis estimated that it could save the average family $505 to $1,823 per year.
Although PolitiFact’s estimation of healthcare cost savings under “BernieCare” is significantly lower than the Sanders campaign estimate of $3,855 to $5,175, Sanders’ supporters argue that the most significant point to note is that PolitiFact has confirmed Sanders’ claim that American households would pay less under his proposed single-payer healthcare system than they are paying under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA).
When CNN’s Dana Bash raised questions about the Vermont senator’s proposed healthcare plan during a January 3 interview on State of the Union, Sanders answered that “Our proposal will save the average middle-class family thousands of dollars a year in health care.”
Sanders repeated the claim after President Barack Obama’s January 12 State of the Union address, while responding to criticisms from Chelsea Clinton.