President Donald Trump has a way with words, you could say: he’s especially skilled at inadvertently blurting out opinions on subjects he apparently knows nothing about. During a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump praised the country’s healthcare system — but he didn’t seem to realize he was praising a universal healthcare system. Bernie Sanders, one of the most vocal single-payer proponents, was quite pleased with Trump’s comment (even if the president was completely ignorant of Australia’s health care).
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) May 5, 2017
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes played a clip of Trump’s comment while interviewing Sanders on May 4. In the clip, Trump simultaneously criticizes the American healthcare system and lauds Australia’s. “We have a failing health care — I shouldn’t say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do,” Trump said.
Following a familiar fit of laughter, Sanders jokingly takes Trump’s comment at face value. “The president has just said it. That’s great. Let’s take a look at the Australian healthcare system, and let’s move,” Sanders said. “Maybe he wants to take a look at the Canadian healthcare system or systems throughout Europe. Thank you, Mr. President. Let us move to a Medicare-for-all system that does what every other major country does.”
Sanders has previously said that he would introduce a Medicare-for-all bill into Congress as an alternative to the Republicans’ disastrous American Healthcare Act. While it doesn’t seem like the president will push for a single-payer healthcare system anytime soon, he’s at least aware of its efficacy.