Bernie Sanders’ Claim (Where Fake News Comes From)

by John McClaughry

Our own Bernie Sanders issued a tweet last month that attracted national attention.

Glenn Kessler runs the Washington Post fact checker page. He wrote “”we looked at this tweet from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders: “As Republicans try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they should be reminded every day that 36,000 people will die yearly as a result.”

“Sanders obtained the figure of 36,000 from a calculation by ThinkProgress, a left-leaning website, according to his aides. Essentially, ThinkProgress assumed that repeal will result in 29.8 million people losing their insurance and that one person will die for every 830 people who lose their insurance. That yields a number of 35,903.

“The number of 29.8 million comes from an Urban Institute report that assumes Republicans will repeal parts of the law through the reconciliation process without outlining any replacement plan, thus leading to a near collapse of the nongroup insurance market. That’s a pretty big assumption.

“Sanders has tweeted as a definite fact an estimate that a) assumes Republicans will gut Obamacare without a replacement b) assumes the worst possible impact from that policy and c) assumes that data derived from the Massachusetts experience can be applied across the United States.

Those are three very big assumptions. Take away any one of them, and Sanders’s claim that repeal of the law will cause 36,000 people to die a year falls apart.

The Post Fact Checker gave Sanders a maximum of Four Pinocchios.

– John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Marion Clegg February 10, 2017 at 10:59 pm

Out of the mouth of a Socialist what do you expect? I can’t understand how so many Vemonters voted for him. Is that the direct the state is going in? I hope not.


Portia August 3, 2017 at 12:18 pm

you obviously have never lived in other states. I have lived in 6 other states in the U.S.A., and all I can say to you is you Vermonters should be on your knees kissing Bernie’s feet for all his tireless (and apparently thankless) excellent work for the people of Vermont. But ya’ll will find out when he is gone some day…


Jim Creed February 11, 2017 at 1:42 pm

We are not in that direction…. We are already THERE !!!


Mark Donka February 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Socialist as very good at spending other peoples money.(Until it runs out,See Venezuela) Bernie never says how he will pay for all these “free” programs. He spreads lies about the 1% not pay their “fair share”. But the facts, those pesky things get in the way of their Progressive/socialist way of thinking. When is Vermont going to wake up?


jim bulmer February 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Bernie the wind bag strikes again. If he is correct, I would assume that there were 30,000 folks dieing BEFORE Obama care and Obama came galloping in on his big white horse and saved the day. Bernie, you lost!! Go away!!!


Faith Novella April 4, 2017 at 8:51 pm

Notice how every comment bashing Bernie is almost incoherent. You seem like an intelligent bunch. Go Bernie!


Wayne October 3, 2017 at 1:18 am

Socialism: so awesome that libs wont produce their fair share of extra to support it; so awesome that libs have to use the violent slavery of productive people and the violent property theft from productive people to support it: even steal full credit for others helping of others of course: so awesome that if libs produced as much value as they consumed, the ignorant delusional utopia of socialism would be as mute of a point as it already is naturally. And, to help the lib weaklings with zero logical argument, I post this unedited for you. Enjoy!


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