Republican Senator just smugly criticized Bernie’s “Medicare for All” and instantly regretted it

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Today, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) took to Twitter to spread some of his party’s trademark misinformation. The modern GOP relies on exploiting the near-constant onslaught of information voters receive from all directions to keep them disoriented.

The Republicans have discovered that they can outright lie to the American people, and certain quadrants of the media and public will immediately and instinctively amplify their voices, drowning out those attempting to fact-check and hold the party accountable to the truth.

Barrasso took aim at Senator Bernie Sander (I-VT), who will be hosting a discussion about Medicare for all tonight. Sanders has been a vocal proponent of single-payer healthcare to replace the broken, fragmented, and expensive, private approach to healthcare the United States currently endures.

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The Republican Senator then asked the either stunningly misphrased or hilariously ignorant question:

“If #MedicareForAll is implemented, how many people will lose their current coverage?” Barrasso provided a response to his own rhetorical question: “Answer: EVERYONE with private coverage.”

Of course, the entire idea behind Medicare for all is that it would provide healthcare for ALL. That is to say, nobody would be “losing” coverage because by definition everyone would now have it. Barrasso is trying to obfuscate the reality of the issue in an effort to sap support for a broadly popular initiative.

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Sanders himself responded in civil fashion:

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That said, Sanders was the exception, as most Twitter users piled on to mercilessly mock Barrasso and point out the dishonesty of his tweet:

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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