The Democrats’ quest to defeat Donald Trump marches on.
Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden faced off in an awkward debate setting amid concerns over the Wuhan coronavirus.
And a CNN moderator asked Sanders one difficult question that left him stunned.
The Democratic establishment struck back against Bernie Sanders.
The life-long communist was performing alarmingly well in the primaries, so the DNC got together yet again to take him out.
The so-called moderate candidates precipitously dropped out before Super Tuesday to give Biden the boost he needed to overtake Sanders in the primary.
But Sanders, being the stubborn communist he is, refuses to exit the race and give Biden a clear path to the general election against Trump.
However, in Sanders’s attempt to be a gadfly for Biden, the weaknesses of his failed ideology are being exposed.
In light of the Wuhan coronavirus, CNN host and debate moderator Jake Tapper asked Sanders a healthcare question that caught him off-guard.
Tapper asked, “If you were president, right now, what would you do to make sure every sick American is able to get treatment so the U.S. does not suffer the same fate as Italy, where doctors have to decide right now who gets life-saving treatment and who does not?”
Italy is being hit particularly hard by the coronavirus with a mortality rate around 7%, the highest among developed nations thus far.
Sanders had no good answer for the question and immediately deflected.
He went into his spiel about Medicare for all because he couldn’t account for the problems of Italy’s socialized medicine system.
There are major shortages of hospital beds, and doctors are being forced to let patients die.
These types of decisions are commonplace in countries with socialized medicine.
People have to wait months, even years, for specialists or procedures that aren’t considered “life-threatening.”
And if you do have a life-threatening issue, a death panel might determine that you shouldn’t get treatment.
In Sanders’s pitch for socialized medicine, he talks about doctor shortages, but doctors are leaving the profession because of government regulations that make medicine less profitable.
Reimbursement rates are low for Medicare and Medicaid patients, so a lot of doctors don’t take it.
If the entire medical industry were to be nationalized, the problem would only get worse and more doctors would go into other fields.
The best way to improve healthcare is to roll back bureaucratic red tape.
For example, simple transparency in pricing will reduce the cost of healthcare by a significant margin.
As it stands, bloated costs are being passed onto patients without their knowledge.
Everything the government touches becomes more expensive and less efficient.
There’s no incentive to bring down cost and there’s no incentive to innovate.
That’s why virtually all medical innovations occur in the United States.
Many foreigners are actually begging America not to go to a socialized medicine system because they come here for urgent medical needs.