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Bernie Sanders squirms as CNN host spews facts on single-payer health care

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) vowed Sunday to introduce new single-payer health care legislation — the same kind of socialized approach that failed in his home deep-blue state of Vermont.

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Sanders, a self-described democratic-socialist, about the Republicans’ failure thus far to repeal and replace Obamacare. Tapper noted that earlier this month, Sanders said he would introduce a single-payer health care bill following the current health care debate.

Tapper asked Sanders if he will introduce single-payer, now that it appears as though Republicans will not repeal and replace Obamacare anytime in the near future. Sanders responded by saying, “absolutely, of course we are.”

“We’re just, you know, we’re tweaking the final points of the bill and we’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together,” Sanders added. Tapper later went on to point out a very uncomfortable reality for the senator from Vermont.

“Let’s talk about single-payer,” Tapper said, “because it was attempted in your homes state of Vermont, and it didn’t work because they couldn’t get the funding, because it would be too expensive, the Democratic governor said.”

In December 2014, after more than a year of debating how to make single-payer work in the state, Vermont’s governor at the time, Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, admitted that paying for the socialized system “might hurt our economy,” according to Politico.

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