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Sens. Sanders, Graham Agree At CNN Debate: Insurance Companies Are Biggest Winners In Health Care

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-TV) agree that “biggest winner” under Obamacare is insurance companies. Graham and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) faced off against Sanders and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Transcript, via CNN:

DANA BASH, CNN: Senator Graham, you’ve worked with Democrats on lots of issues. Do you support the notion of the president just sitting down with Democratic leaders and finding a compromise on this?

SEN. GRAHAM (R-SC): I’ll sit down with anybody to talk about anything that matters as long as I think I’ve got a chance to deliver. I believe climate change is real. Let’s don’t talk about it; let’s fix it. I think the DREAM Act kids deserve a place to stay and we secure our border. I’m even willing to do the minimum wage, Bernie, if we can find the tax cut that works.

But what I’m not going to do is continue the same old crap and tell you everything is fine. Let me tell you what’s happened since Obamacare passed. Anybody have stock in Anthem? These are the big blues, 270 percent increase. Humana, 420 percent increase. Aetna, 470 percent increase. Cigna, 480 percent increase.

Where’s the money going? It’s going to insurance companies who are not delivering for you. We had five insurance companies in South Carolina. We’re down to one.

And, Amy, what I’m not going to do is take more taxpayer dollars and give it to a bunch of insurance companies. Here’s what I want to do. Take basically the same amount of money, flow it back to the states in a fair way, and give South Carolina a chance to come up with a better health care system for South Carolina. Give Alaska a chance to do what makes sense for Alaska.

If that’s radical, God help us all. Because here’s what I believe. People in South Carolina actually care about each other. Pre-existing conditions, they’re going to be covered in every state and there’s going to be different ways to get there. But if you send the money and power back to the states, and we have to do this same, old thing under Obamacare, how do you expect a different outcome? The biggest winner under Obamacare is insurance companies, not patients. And I intend to change that.

SEN. SANDERS (I-VT): Whoa, whoa, whoa.

(APPLAUSE)

I like that.

GRAHAM: All right, good.

SANDERS: All right.

GRAHAM: But I’m not going to Medicare for nobody.

(CROSSTALK)

GRAHAM: Because that’s what you’ll have with Medicare for nobody.

JAKE TAPPER, CNN: Let’s let Senator Sanders have the floor.

SANDERS: See, Lindsey, there it is. You actually said something that was right. I knew it would happen.

(CROSSTALK)

GRAHAM: I was due, Bernie.

SANDERS: What he pointed out — I’m extrapolating a little bit, Lindsey — but what he pointed out is, why do we have — why do we end up spending twice as much per capita on health care as any other country? And Lindsey is right.

This system is designed to make billions of dollars in profits for the insurance industry. We spend 12 percent to 18 percent to administer the incredibly complex hundreds of plans that we currently have. And with these guys, if they got their way, there would even be more plans, more bureaucracy, more complexity, more money going to the insurance companies.

Medicare, the administration of Medicare costs approximately 2 percent. So if we are serious about moving to a cost-effective universal health care, yeah, we do have to take on the insurance companies. They do not play a role in providing health care. Our money should be going to doctors, to nurses, to hospitals, not to the insurance industry or, in fact, the drug industry, which is charging us by far the highest prices in the world.

BASH: Senator Graham, you were shaking your head. Is the bromance over already?

GRAHAM: Oh, no, no. No, Bernie is the most honest person in the Senate because he believes in government running health care from cradle to grave. All I would say is that Medicare is coming unraveled. By 2038, the trust fund is going to run out of money. And if you’re 62 like me and you’ve worked all your life, and you’re about to get on Medicare, I think it’s a bad idea to have 200 of your closest friends join you, because that’s Medicare for nobody.

Full transcript of the debate here.

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