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Bernie Sanders announces he will release plan to cancel all past due medical debt and address all future medical debt 


This news story was published on August 31, 2019.
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Bernie Sanders campaigns in Clear Lake back in 2015

FLORENCE, SC – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders this weekend previewed his proposal to cancel all past due medical debt and address all future medical debt. In America today, medical debt is the leading cause of consumer bankruptcy with more than half a million Americans filing due to medical expenses each year.“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 Sen. Bernie 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. In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, 42 percent of Americans should not be losing their entire life savings two years after being diagnosed with cancer.”

Under a Sanders administration, families won’t be trapped with outrageous medical debt, or have their credit ruined by medical debt. The full plan will be announced within the next month.

Sanders’ proposal would:

  • Cancel the $81 billion in existing past-due medical debt. Under this plan, the federal government will negotiate and pay off past-due medical bills in collections that have been reported to credit agencies.
  • Repeal the worst elements of the disastrous 2005 Bankruptcy reform bill, and allow other existing and future medical debt to be discharged.
  • Make sure that no one’s credit score is negatively impacted by unpaid medical bills.

The 2005 Bankruptcy reform bill written by Wall Street made it much more difficult to discharge medical debt by imposing strict means tests and eliminated fundamental consumer protections for the American people. It also trapped families with medical debt in long-term poverty, mandated that they pay for credit counseling before filing for bankruptcy, and increased the need for expensive legal services when filing a case for medical bankruptcy. That will fundamentally change under a Bernie Sanders administration.

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10 Responses to Bernie Sanders announces he will release plan to cancel all past due medical debt and address all future medical debt 

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 3, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Sanders is entertaining only for his ‘pecking’ at an invisible typewriter with his finger while he speaks. It’s comical to the point where I don’t hear a word he is saying.

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    Smackey Reply Report comment

    September 2, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    I will vote for Bernie Sanders the day he gives me a shoebox full of $1000 bills. I mean why not, he’s trying to give everything else away.

    He’s as desperate as the rest of the democrat presidential contenders. Gotta give something away to buy them votes!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 2, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    What an idiot. and who pays for all the lawsuits that come out of people that paid their medical bills, this man should cut his hair, watch out in the shower, and retire. HE’S FLAT OUT NUTS.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    he doesnt have any qualities that a leader should possess. aside from his retard politics he is a husk. he looks like the next gentle breeze is going to reduce him to dust. his speech patterns are comical. he is a skeletal relic who was never really relevant to begin with. havent met an actual adult who thinks any of bernies crap makes the least bit of sense. instead of trying to ruin peoples lives with free college a responsible politician or one that actually cared would be working on ways to bring incentives to students that choose trade school. we dont have nearly enough people learning how to do things that actually matter.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    he doesnt have any qualities that a leader should possess. aside from his retard politics he is a husk. he looks like the next gentle breeze is going to reduce him to dust. his speech patterns are comical. he is a skeletal relic who was never really relevant to begin with. havent met an actual adult who thinks any of bernies crap makes the least bit of sense.

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    Blah blah blah Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Yes I’m hillary’s Bitch… Blah Blah.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Sanders has never held a real job in his life and has no understanding of what a working man goes through. He is a joke. Nothing is FREE in this world. Someone has to pay and it is always the working man who does.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Bernie Sanders is a pandering fool!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 1, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Sanders is so full of shit! All he knows is FREE,FREE, FREE. He has never had to work for his money so it means nothing to him. Nothing is FREE!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 31, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Sanders the pandering fool.