WH: Bernie would have won if country wanted single-payer

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders slapped down the idea that Americans want single-payer health care, saying Sen. Bernie Sanders would be president if that was true.

'The president as well as the majority of the country knows that the single-payer system that the Democrats are proposing is a horrible idea,' she said Wednesday. 'Not only does the president not support it, but America doesn't support it or Bernie Sanders would be sitting in the Oval Office right now.'

Just up the road on Capitol Hill, Sanders was unveiling his single-payer health care plan, surrounding by Democrats who have ambitions in 2020 and beyond.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (pictured) suggested there was no appetite for single-payer health care because Sen. Bernie Sanders didn't make it out of the Democratic primary

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested there was no appetite for single-payer health care because Sen. Bernie Sanders (pictured) didn't make it out of the Democratic primary

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (left) suggested there was no appetite for single-payer health care because Sen. Bernie Sanders (right) didn't make it out of the Democratic primary 

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives at an event on Capitol Hill to promote his new bill, which would provide health care to call 

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., arrives at an event on Capitol Hill to promote his new bill, which would provide health care to call 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (center) was joined by a number of Democrats including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (far left) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (right) to debut the bill 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (center) was joined by a number of Democrats including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (far left) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (right) to debut the bill 

'You, the Republican Party, have shown the American people what you stand for when you voted for legislation that would throw up to 32 million Americans off of the heath insurance they have and, at the same time, give tax breaks to the rich and large corporations,' Sanders said, taking aim at a GOP Senate health care plan that failed in July. 

DEMOCRATS BACKING BERNIE  

Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin  

Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut  

Cory Booker, New Jersey 

Al Franken, Minnesota 

Kirsten Gillibrand, New York 

Kamala Harris, California 

Martin Heinrich, New Mexico 

Mazie Hirono, Hawaii 

Patrick Leahy, Vermont 

Ed Markey, Massachusetts 

Jeff Merkley, Oregon 

Brian Schatz, Hawaii 

Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire

Tom Udall, New Mexico 

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