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Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Sanders defends Trump's praise of Australian healthcare system

Sanders defends Trump's praise of Australian healthcare system

"So maybe when we get to the Senate, we should start off with looking at the Australian healthcare system", Sanders said.

During the Republican campaign to replace Obamacare they railed against government-funded universal heath-care systems like Australia's.

Sanders also promised that Trump's words wouldn't be forgotten when the Senate takes up the American Health Care Act.

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Trump met Malcolm Turnbull Thursday night in NY and addressed the rumors of bad blood between the two leaders. And it does this all while providing health care to everyone in society - something that America's system, even with Obamacare still in place, does not. "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".

It comes as a recent Harvard Medical School study found almost 45,000 annual deaths in America are associated with a lack of health insurance.

Australia instituted its universal and government-funded health care programme, Medicare, in 1984. "He was simply being complimentary of the prime minster", Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee told reporters during a press briefing Friday. "Thank you, Mr. President".

The president's comments came after he showered Mr Turnbull with praise.

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"Thank you, Mr. President", Sanders continued.

Turnbull, a wealthy 62-year-old former Goldman Sachs partner who first entered parliament in 2004, would not be drawn on the differences between meeting Trump and Obama. 'What works in Australia may not work in the United States'.

"I think he believes that they have a good healthcare system for Australia". Sanders said. "That's great". He argued the U.S. should remain with a private system, but he knows that those systems work and likes the fact that they provide universal coverage.

Trump had praised the vote as a legislative victory for his administration, although the bill will still have to clear several congressional hurdles before becoming law, The Washington Post reports.

Trump: Australia has better health care than U.S.

The meeting came as the Trump administration has been stepping up efforts to rally global support for pressuring the North to curb its nuclear and missile programs, while urging China to use more of its influence to rein in the provocative regime.

It's also open for debate whether House Republicans' health care plan will move the US closer to countries like Australia.

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