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Sanders Promoting Single-Payer After Voting Against Single-Payer Last Week

The Vermont senator is using a video from a Senate hearing that is three years old to make his case for a single-payer health care system.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) published a video on his Facebook page of a Canadian doctor touting the benefits of single-payer health care system, something Sanders has long advocated for.

But just last week, Sanders “voted against an amendment to the Senate Obamacare repeal bill that would institute a single-payer system.”

The three-minute long video that Sanders posted on his official Senate Facebook page on Tuesday is from a Senate hearing three years ago, and features a back-and-forth between the Canadian doctor and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).

“Here’s what happened when a Republican senator challenged a Canadian doctor on their single-payer health care system,” Sanders wrote about the video on his Facebook page. “I brought Dr. Danielle Martin in 3 years ago when I asked a panel of experts to contrast the United States health care system with single-payer models throughout the world. The United States is the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care as a right. We must join the industrialized world and go forward with a Medicare for all, single-payer program.”

However, when single-payer advocates like Sanders had their chance last week to implement a single-payer system, they voted against the amendment.

What might be worse for Sanders is that, during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” he was unable to tell CNN’s Jake Tapper how America would pay for a single-payer system.

It seems Sanders only supports a single-payer health care system when it is politically advantageous for him.