Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had some choice words for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) after the former Democratic candidate for president claimed that the U.S. is “not a compassionate” nation during Rep. Tom Price’s (R-Ga.) confirmation hearing on Wednesday, The Blaze reports.
In a discussion before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about health care in the country, Sanders rebuked Price’s claim that the U.S was “a compassionate society.”
“No, we are not a compassionate society,” Sanders said. “In terms of our relationship with poor and working people, our record is worse than virtually any other country on earth.”
That’s when Paul stepped in. When he was given the opportunity to question Price about his health care stances, Paul explained why Sanders was wrong.
“One of the things that’s extraordinary about our country is just two years ago, in 2014, we gave away $400 billion — privately, not the government, individually — to churches and to charities,” Paul said. “We’re an incredibly compassionate society. This was misplaced in sort of the wonky numbers of this number and that number within health care how much we do help each other.”
“Not only do we help each other within our own county, I’d bet you most — half the physicians in my community in Bowling Green have gone on international trips and done international charity work and all that is lost in saying that we’re this heartless, terrible country, and I would just argue the opposite,” Paul continued. “I think the greatness of our country and the greatness in the compassion of our country — we give away more than the gross domestic product of most of these socialized countries around the world.”
Price was questioned fiercely by members of both parties about his stance on repealing the Affordable Care Act.
When Sanders argued that health coverage was a “right” that should be available to every American, Price reminded him that there were “consequences” for such an idea, referencing foreign nations that have government-run healthcare.
“If you want to talk about other countries’ health care systems there are consequences to the decisions that they’ve made, just as there are consequences to the decisions that we’ve made,” Price said.
“I believe, and I look forward to working with you, to make certain that every single American has access to the highest quality care and coverage that is possible,” he concluded.