Amy Klobuchar’s healthcare-gambling comparison is bonkers

Halfway through Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, after discussing war in the Middle East, trade, and the Sanders-Warren woman president imbroglio, the debate switched to healthcare.

And after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) spoke about Medicare-for-all and discussed tax increases to pay for it, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who has been outspoken about the unfeasibility of it, made this comparison about Sanders’ push for universal coverage.

“I was in Vegas the other day,” Klobuchar said, “and someone said to me—they said, ‘don’t put your chips on the wheel—on a number on the wheel that isn’t even on the wheel.’”

Which… OK?

In this metaphor, she had to have gone up to a roulette wheel in Vegas, asked to put all her money on 65, and someone had to explain to her that you couldn’t gamble on something that doesn’t exist.

What exactly that has to do with healthcare, well, people were unsure.

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