During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday evening, the independent Vermont senator burst into a hearty laugh when Cooper mentioned the president, saying “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated.”
Sanders, who campaigned for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on a platform of universal healthcare, laid out exactly why the president’s comment is so absurd.
“Some of us who were sitting on the Health and Education Committee, who went to meeting after meeting after meeting, who heard from dozens of people, who stayed up night after night trying to figure out this thing—yeah, we got a clue,” Sanders said. “When you provide healthcare to a nation of 320 million people, yeah, it is very complicated.”
Trump’s comments came in response to the delay in making good on the Republican promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Sanders says he hopes the challenges the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress have faced in crafting a new plan makes them realize that they need to move “beyond the rhetoric” and get serious about fixing America’s health-insurance system. And that’s no laughing matter.