On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Monday, host Mark Levin mocked Senator Bernie Sanders (D-NY) for promoting single payer health care and blaming insurance companies for high prices, saying, ““Oh, cut the crap … this is about us.”
“Oh, cut the crap!” Mark Levin said. “‘Taking on the insurance companies.’ Half of them are in bed with you. All these phony arguments: ‘Hey, taking on the insurance companies.’ Ladies and gentlemen, this is about us.”
Levin’s comments stem from a CNN State of the Union interview with Sen. Bernie Sanders, wherein Sanders again pushed for single payer health care following the Senate’s failed repeal efforts.
Below is a transcript of Levin's remarks from Monday’s show:
Levin: “California -- their budget typically is about a hundred and eighty billion dollars -- and even the left-wing kooks had some sharpened pencils and they took it to paper and they said, ‘Wait a minute, this will cost us two hundred billion dollars.’ So they slowed it down.
“‘Oh, it’s not done yet. It’s not done in California yet, you know. No, it’s not done yet. Maybe I’ll have my wife -- maybe she’ll be the head accountant over there in California. Oh yeah, yeah. Yeah, you know, they do it in Canada and UK.’
Sanders: “Look, taking on the insurance companies and the--”
Levin: “Oh, cut the crap! ‘Taking on the insurance companies.’ Half of them are in bed with you. All these phony arguments: ‘Hey, taking on the insurance companies.’ Ladies and gentlemen, this is about us. It’s about us.
“Have you ever had a government agency that was responsive to you, whether it’s the IRS, for farmers the Department of Agriculture or people in the energy field, the Department of Energy, or the Department of Education?
“‘Oh, look, it’s the insurance company. Oh, the pharmaceutical-- Oh, the doctors-- Oh …’
“Never the politicians, never the bureaucrats, never the insanity of the left, we’re all supposed to hate each other. We’re supposed to hate the private sector, private business, successful people, rich people, middle class. We’re always supposed to be at each other’s throats because they try to impose their ideology on us.
“‘Oh, yeah-- (indiscernible)’
“What do insurance companies have to do with this? The government makes the laws. The government sets the rules. The government writes the policies. The government’s in charge. What the hell else do they want?
“Who runs the VA, the insurance companies? No! Insurance companies have nothing to do with the Veterans Administration.
“‘Oh, the insurance companies-- Oh, and the pharmaceutical companies--’
Sanders: “… taking on a lot of powerful forces that make billions of dollars a year from the current health care--”
Levin: “‘Nobody makes more money a year -- Bernie -- than the government. The government steals more money from the private sector and the private citizen than Exxon and the insurance companies and every --’
“You know, whenever there’s an energy issue, we’re supposed to hate Exxonmobil. Whenever there’s a health care issue, we’re supposed to hate the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical companies, right? Whenever there’s any issue, it’s the private sector’s fault.
“Yet, look around you, folks. Look around you. Last time you’ve been to a hospital, look at all the inventions. Look at all the machines. Look at all the technology. Next time you’re in a grocery store, look around. Government had nothing to do with it. Next time you get in your automobile and you go somewhere, look around. Government had nothing to do with that.
“We have the greatest standard of living in the world -- ever -- ‘not because of the government, not because of communism, not because of-- (indiscernible).’ Because of us. Because of us.”