Statement: Sanders Reacts to Obama Health Care Speech

WASHINGTON, September 9 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement tonight after President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on health care reform.

“As the president mentioned, it is an international embarrassment that the United States remains the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all of its people, while spending twice as much per capita as most other nations.

“The president cogently made the case that the rabid partisanship that we have recently seen must end and the Congress must come together to provide comprehensive, universal and cost-effective health care for all Americans.  

“The reality is that, if we do not act now, the likelihood is that more and more Americans will lose their health insurance and health care costs will double within eight years.  This would be a tragedy for the American people and for our economy. Doing nothing is not an option.”