1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bernie Sanders, (D) Presidential Candidate:
"Under the legislation that I have offered, every family in America would receive comprehensive coverage, all basic health care needs are covered and, in the process, middle class families would save thousands of dollars a year by eliminating their private insurance costs as we move to a publicly funded program. The transition to the Medicare for All program would take place over four years. In the first year, benefits to older people would be expanded."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bernie Sanders, (D) Presidential Candidate:
"Furthermore, in the first year, we are going to lower the eligibility age for Medicare which is now at sixty five down to fifty five. And in that first year, we will provide coverage for every child in America. In in the second year, we will lower the eligibility age to 45, in the third year to 35, and by the fourth year, every man woman and child will be covered with comprehensive coverage through a Medicare for All program."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bernie Sanders, (D) Presidential Candidate:
"So the argument is not how much Medicare for All will cost. It will cost a lot. Health care costs a lot. The argument is compared to what? And the what is an unsustainable system that will cost huge amounts of money and negatively impact our economy if we do not have the courage to change it. And let me also be clear in telling you that the fight against Medicare for All today is not a new development. Powerful special interests have always opposed health care programs that work for the people and not for corporate interests."
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders vigorously defended his signature "Medicare for All" proposal during a Washington speech on Wednesday and outlined a timeline for how he would implement it.
The Vermont senator's speech came as the fight over how to best provide health care for Americans has become an animating focus of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
"The argument is not how much Medicare for All will cost. It will cost a lot. Health care costs a lot. The argument is compared to what," Sanders said at George Washington University.
The fight is pitting Sanders, with his push for a single payer system of health insurance, against former Vice President Joe Biden, who is embracing a so-called public option that would give people the option of retaining private coverage.
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