Why It’s Preposterous For Lindsey Graham To Call Bernie Sanders The ‘Most Honest’ Senator

The Federalist | 10/2/2017 | Thomas Parker
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In a recent debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders on health care, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said, “Bernie is the most honest person in the Senate because he believes in government running health care from cradle to grave.”

Graham is correct that Sanders is more openly socialist than other members of the Senate, at least about his views on the role of government in health care. But being upfront about a general policy position does not make Sanders honest. In fact, Sanders is one of the most blatantly dishonest politicians on either side of the aisle, particularly on health care.

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Sanders has made numerous claims about the GOP’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more than enough to judge his honesty on the subject. Perhaps Sanders’ most incendiary statement about the Republicans’ approach to fixing the broken ACA was one in which he cited a study that concluded repealing certain coverages included under the ACA could lead to between 18,100 and 27,700 additional deaths. With this study in mind, Sanders called the GOP plan “disgusting” and “immoral,” and said on Twitter: “Let us be clear and this is not trying to be overly dramatic: Thousands of people will die if the Republican health care bill becomes law.”

Sanders is being overly dramatic, however. Providing more types of coverage raises the cost of insurance, and it’s unclear if the benefits of doing so outweigh the costs. It’s more likely that the costs severely outweigh the benefits to health, especially considering the “essential benefits” Sanders considers important (as evidenced by their appearance in his “Medicare For All” bill): taxpayer-funded abortion, prescription drugs, and coverage for dental, vision, and hearing aids. These benefits hardly increase life expectancy, and needlessly increase costs because not everyone needs coverage for every condition.

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