Sanders Wants To Pay Americans’ Past-Due Medical Bills

That total bill would come to something like $81 billion, but the presidential candidate hasn’t explained how he’d pay for it.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled a plan over the weekend by which the government would step in and pay off medical bills that have been reported to credit agencies. But as Reuters and other news outlets report, the presidential candidate’s announcement didn’t include just how to pay for such a move.

There’s no doubt, however, with the stories about surprise billing and the fact that nearly 500,000 Americans who file for bankruptcy each year do so because of medical bills, that Sanders touches a collective nerve.

“In the United States of America, your financial life and future should not be destroyed because you or a member of your family gets sick,” said Sanders. “That is unacceptable. I am sick and tired of seeing over 500,000 Americans declare bankruptcy each year because they cannot pay off the outrageous cost of a medical emergency or a hospital stay.”