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Trump praises Australia’s single-payer universal health care system

Just hours after winning a victory for the GOP’s healthcare bill in the House, President Trump met with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull.

Just hours after winning a victory for the GOP’s healthcare bill in the House (before it was ultimately rejected in the Senate), President Trump met with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull.

As Trump lauded the GOP’s Obamacare repeal plan, he turned to Turnbull and said, “I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do.” But Trump’s comments were immediately seized upon by his critics due to the fact that Australian has universal healthcare.

One of those critics was none other than Bernie Sanders.

“Well Mr President, you’re right, in Australia and every other major country on Earth they guarantee health care to all people. They don’t throw 24 million people off health insurance. So maybe when we get to the Senate we should start off with looking at the Australian health care system,” Sanders told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Australia’s universal health care system, also known as Medicare, gives its citizens free access to doctors and medical facilities.

Watch CNN’s video below:

[CNN] Featured image via screen grab

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