“[A recent study] said ‘Medicare for All’ will lower health care costs in this country by $450 billion a year and save the lives of 68,000 people who would otherwise have died.”

— Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in remarks made Feb. 25, 2020, during the South Carolina Democratic primary debate

Updated at 11:03 a.m. ET on Feb. 26: This story was updated to include information we received after the story was posted about recent studies the Sanders’ campaign referenced regarding the costs of single-payer. This update does not change the rating.

Defending his signature health plan — a single-payer system known as “Medicare for All” that would move all Americans to government-funded coverage  — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

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