Somebody, please give that man a pudding cup before he goes nuclear!
On Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) speaking at a rally in Morgantown, W.Va., said that the Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would kill more Americans every year than the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks did.
Sanders started by saying querulously:
Now obviously nobody can predict exactly how many people will die if they lose their coverage. Nobody can make that prediction. But what experts at the Harvard School of Public Health estimate, is that if 23 million Americans were to be thrown off the insurance they currently have, which is what the House bill would do, up to, up to 28,000 Americans every single year could die.
Then, the obscene comparison: “That is nine times more than the tragic losses we suffered on 9/11, every single year.”
Sanders’s latest hyperbolic rhetoric follows his claim from the Senate floor in late June: “Many thousands of our fellow Americans every single year will die, and many more will suffer and become much sicker than they should.” He added that the legislation was “barbaric and immoral.”
There was also this, in late June:
But as health care maven Avik Roy has pointed out, the numbers Sanders is basing his estimates on are faulty:
Liberals are trumpeting the CBO’s top-line estimate that the AHCA would lead to 24 million fewer U.S. residents having health insurance in 2026 than would under current law … Indeed, the CBO has already revised its projections of enrollment in Obamacare’s exchanges several times, as illustrated in the chart below. They’ll have to revise them again, because their current (March 2016) baseline predicts that exchange enrollment will skyrocket to 18 million by 2018. There’s, in fact, no evidence that exchange enrollment will be significantly higher than current levels going forward, given rising premiums and a worsening risk pool. That the CBO is working off its March 2016 baseline is extremely important, because it’s AHCA’s performance relative to that rosy scenario that leads to the dramatic 24 million number. CBO assumes that there will be 18 million people enrolled in the exchanges under current law; hence, the CBO’s view of the difference between current law and the AHCA is off by at least 7 million on that basis alone. All in all, there’s reason to believe that the real decrement in coverage of the AHCA relative to the ACA is closer to 5 million, not 24 million. Furthermore, that 5 million decrement can be fixed with a few technical changes to the bill.
But without his pudding cup, Sanders is a very hungry septuagenarian. And when he’s hungry, his low blood sugar gets his bile worked up, which permits him to blaspheme the memory of 3,000 innocent dead victims by using them to market his socialist philosophy.