Media Advisory: NPR News Interview with Bernie Sanders NPR's Steve Inskeep spoke with Senator Bernie Sanders about his new proposal for a single-payer healthcare system.
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Media Advisory: NPR News Interview with Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally in Omaha, Neb., on April 20. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally in Omaha, Neb., on April 20.

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Monday, July 31, 2017; Washington D.C. In an interview airing on Tuesday's Morning Edition, NPR's Steve Inskeep spoke with Senator Bernie Sanders about his new proposal for a single-payer healthcare system.

Stations and broadcast times are available at NPR.org/stations.

Excerpts from the conversation are available below.

When discussing the benefits of a single-payer healthcare system, Senator Sanders said;
"...when you have one payer it becomes much more cost effective. You save many, many billions of dollars on billing. You don't need to spend huge amounts of money in advertising you're not going to have CEOs in the health care industry making huge compensation.

(...)

Bottom line is if other countries around the world are providing quality care to all of their people for in some cases a half per capita what we are spending we can do the same. "

When asked about the economic risks of his single-payer proposal, Senator Sanders said:

"...I think it will be a significant improvement for the overall economy. A competitive disadvantage that many companies in the United States have in a in a world economy is that virtually every other major country has much more stability in terms of its healthcare system. It's not a burden necessarily on the employer

PLEASE NOTE: A transcript of the interview is available upon request, but is embargoed until airtime on August 1st


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