After noting the differences in the cost of a C-section in the United States compared to other countries, Senator Bernie Sanders, who is currently running for the Democratic nomination for president, felt the wrath of some on social media.
Sanders simply observed that the average cost of a C-section in the United States is $15,041, compared to other countries like Spain, where the cost is $2,352; the UK, $4,435; Australia, $5,186, and France, $6,441. The Vermont senator then stated, “We can afford Medicare for All. What we can't afford is continuing to charge women in the U.S. more than any other country for giving birth.”
Average cost of a C-section:— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 17, 2019
We can afford Medicare for All. What we can't afford is continuing to charge women in the U.S. more than any other country for giving birth.
While most would agree that healthcare in the US is quite expensive, Twitter users had a range of opinions. “What impact would it have on salaries for those in medical field? I haven't heard this discussed by anyone,” wrote @madmax0518, while @DrSusanBarring1, added, “Those $ are misleading. In the UK for example, they have a 40% income tax bracket for income over $57k and a 20% VAT aka Sales Tax. So, the cost to the mother is much higher than stated. This is one of a few reasons why British entertainers and actors move to the USA.”
Sanders argues that the United States spends more than $3.2 trillion a year on health care with about sixty-five percent of the funding, over $2 trillion, spent on publicly financed health care programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs. He calculates that at $10,000 per person, the US spends more on health care per capita and as a percentage of GDP than any other country in the world.
"I am alive today not because of insurance companies but despite them."— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) September 17, 2019
We are the only major country that allows private insurance companies to rip us off, rob us of our health, and drive our people into financial or emotional catastrophe. https://t.co/kCvle57MVz
Sanders’ Medicare for All plan essentially abolishes private insurance and creates a single-payer health care system. The plan would be funded by those making more than $29,000 a year. According to the senator, the average working family pays an estimated of $5,277 in premiums to private health insurance companies. Under Medicare for All, a family of four earning $50,000 would pay a 4 percent income-based premium, or $844 a year, while a family of four making less than $29,000 a year would pay nothing.
On Twitter, many users from countries with universal healthcare praised Sanders’ criticism of the cost of giving birth in the US. However, many Americans remain skeptical if this system would work stateside and if it would remain affordable and equitable for all. And while Sanders may easily convince many on the left, those on the right distrust his political leanings. “Reading these comments makes one thing clear—Bernie is perfect to be a European politician. They love socialism there,” wrote @RightHandManSJ, proving that most Democrats will vote for Bernie. The hard part is convincing Republicans to do the same.