NEW YORK, Ny. – Donald Trump blasted Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ ‘medicare-for-all’ plan Thursday, saying access to healthcare is a privilege that should be earned, rather than a right. “America didn’t become great through handouts,” the GOP front-runner told Bloomberg Politics.
While calling for a complete overhaul of the nation’s healthcare system, Mr. Trump said applications for health insurance should be looked at by insurers with the same scrutiny as an employer reviewing job applications. “You wouldn’t give some bozo with zero experience a management position,” Trump said before asking, “Why should healthcare be any different?”
“Where I come from, you have to prove your worth,” Trump continued. “You have some guy with no college degree working a minimum wage job; no ambition, no goals, nothing to show for it. Yet for some reason, the current administration believes he – and millions of people like him, should have access to health insurance. It’s outrageous.”
If elected, Trump said his administration would make it easier and cheaper for people with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as individuals making more than $100,000 a year, to obtain top-of-the-line health insurance. “There’s absolutely no reason why hard-working Americans shouldn’t be afforded the best healthcare this nation has to offer,”” Mr. Trump declared. “But people like Bernie Sanders would have you believe we’re living in a communist country where everyone is entitled to an equal share.”
A new poll released Wednesday by Bloomberg puts Texas senator Ted Cruz in first place for the GOP presidential nomination. Mr. Cruz has 25% of Republican support in Iowa with Mr. Trump not far behind at 22%. Meanwhile Florida senator Marco Rubio held third place with 12%