Medicare head tweets ‘scariest Halloween costume’ would be Medicare for all

Two years ago, Bernie Sanders introduced a "Medicare for All" bill that would move the U.S. toward a single-payer healthcare system. He didn't get a single co-sponsor.Wednesday, the Vermont independent will introduce his latest version of the bill.

WASHINGTON – The head of Medicare and Medicaid was being criticized online Wednesday after she took a Halloween-inspired jab at Medicare for all on Twitter. 

Seema Verma, Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, posted a photo of a man wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with “Medicare for All” Wednesday afternoon with the comment “this year’s scariest Halloween costume goes to…”

Those online were quick to scrutinize the post and allege Verma was unfit for serve in her role. 

“I’d imagine the families of the thousands of Americans who die every year because they have no health insurance would not find your Halloween ‘joke’ funny whatsoever,” wrote Twitter user Alex Kotch. 

Verma, in a statement to USA TODAY, said the post was a way to get attention and said critics weren’t wrong, changing the U.S. healthcare system isn’t a joke. 

“Did I get your attention? Good. People are right. Medicare for All isn’t a joke. It’s a multi-trillion drain on the American economy that will bankrupt future generations,” she said in the statement. “It’s government controlled health care that will strip choice away from millions. It’s a bad idea. And it is scary.”

Medicare for all and differing views on healthcare has become a central issue to this year’s midterm elections. A large number of Democrats are backing the idea, as do a majority of Americans. 

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