Sanders & AOC Use CoronaVirus to Push Argument for 'Medicare-for-All'

Democrats move Sunday's two-man debate from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., with no live audience

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) — Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders – who is off the campaign trail due to the CoronaVirus threat – was asked if he felt frustrated that his fellow Democrat and presidential nominee competitor Joe Biden had attacked his "Medicare-for-All" proposal  because of its cost, yet was now saying the country must spend whatever it takes to combat the virus.

But Sanders believes the government's slow response to date to address the CoronaVirus desease will, in fact, lead more people to embrace his call for even further government involvement via his signature plan of "Medicare-for-All."

Speaking for the second time in two days about the spreading pandemic, Sanders used a speech on combating the CoronaVirus to push for his top Socialist-Democrat proposal of a government-run "Medicare-for-All" health care system.

Yes, the CoronaVirus has quickly become the latest Democrat justification for "Medicare for All" following last week's comment by New York City Congresswoman – and Bernie Sanders supporter – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that the COVID-19 outbreak, "Absolutely is an argument for 'Medicare for all.'"

Sanders spoke from his hometown of Burlington, Vermont, just minutes after the now-front-runner Joe Biden had given a similar address on the CoronaVirus outbreak from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.

Both candidates spoke the day after President Trump gave his first major Oval Office address on how his administration was combating the spread of the virus.

Said Sanders, "When I talk about healthcare being a human right, the CoronaVirus makes that abundantly clear as to why it should be."

Oppenents of a Medicare for All-type government takeover of the healthcare industry, however, pointed out that countries with Socialized Medicine are ill-prepared for such outbreaks — and have responded poorly when needed.
"Take Canada. Patients wait hours just to be admitted to the hospital even when there's not an outbreak raging," noted Sally Pipes, president & CEO of the Pacific Research Institute. 

"A January 2019 report commissioned by the government of Ontario found that patients in the emergency department were waiting 16 hours, on average, for an inpatient hospital bed."

Sanders' campaign announced earlier this week that they are asking staff to work from home, and will refrain from door-to-door canvassing as well as stop holding, or cancelling  large events such as rallies or town halls.

“In light of concerns about CoronaVirus, and out of an abundance of caution for our staff, volunteers and supporters, the Sanders campaign has asked all staff to work from home and will no longer hold large events or door-to-door canvasses, instead moving to digital formats and outreach wherever possible,” Sanders campaign communications director Mike Casca said in a statement.
Sanders says he has not been tested for the CoronaVirus, and does not believe he has interacted with anybody who has it.

"Maybe this is an issue Joe Biden and I will discuss on Sunday night,” Sanders said.

The Democrat National Committee announced Thursday that its Sunday's two-man debate will be shifted east from Phoenix, Arizona, to a studio location in Washington, D.C. – where Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will debate without a live audience.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in order to reduce cross-country travel, all parties have decided that the best path forward is to hold Sunday’s debate at CNN’s studio in Washington, D.C., with no live audience,” DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement Thursday.

The two-hour debate, the first one-on-one clash between Biden and Sanders hosted by CNN and  Univision, will have no spin room or media filing center as campaigns, media organizations, and other groups take steps to curb the spread of CoronaVirus.