After Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma launched a nonsensical broadside against Medicare for All on Wednesday in a speech in California—declaring that \u0022Medicare for All would become Medicare for None\u0022—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday joined the large chorus denouncing Verma\u0026#039;s remarks as an attack not just on single-payer, but also on Medicare itself.\u0022Medicare has worked extremely well for our nation\u0026#039;s seniors and will work equally well for all Americans.\u0022 —Sen. Bernie Sanders\u0022It\u0026#039;s extremely concerning that the person charged with administering Medicare would rather throw 32 million Americans off of health insurance than join every major nation and guarantee healthcare as a fundamental right,\u0022 Sanders wrote on Twitter in response to Verma\u0026#039;s claim that Medicare for All \u0022would be the furthest thing from patient-centric care.\u0022\u0022Medicare is, by far, the most cost-effective, efficient and popular healthcare program in America,\u0022 Sanders added in a statement to ABC News. \u0022Medicare has worked extremely well for our nation\u0026#039;s seniors and will work equally well for all Americans.\u0022It\u0026#039;s extremely concerning that the person charged with administering Medicare would rather throw 32 million Americans off of health insurance than join every major nation and guarantee health care as a fundamental right. https://t.co/JUvx6j5J9V— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 26, 2018In a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Wednesday, Verma—who previously raked in millions as head of a major healthcare consulting firm—deployed familiar right-wing talking points to dismiss Medicare for All as \u0022unaffordable\u0022 and \u0022bad health policy.\u0022What Verma didn\u0026#039;t say is that America\u0026#039;s current for-profit system consistently ranks as the most expensive and least humane in the industrialized world. By contrast, numerous analyses show that implementing a single-payer system in the U.S. would drive down costs and drastically enhance health outcomes.Verma also conveniently neglected to mention recent surveys showing that a majority of Americans—and even a growing number of Republicans—support Medicare for All as the most desirable alternative to America\u0026#039;s healthcare status quo, which places the profits of insurance and pharmaceutical companies over the public good and leaves tens of millions uninsured.Seema Verma spent her career trying to create roadblocks to coverage for low-income Americans.Today, she attacked #MedicareForAll: a plan that would guarantee healthcare to all Americans, saving lives \u0026amp; money.Universal healthcare is inevitable! #ConvinceSomeoneToVoteIn4Words pic.twitter.com/WBQ4AG9aQO— Bonnie Castillo (@NNUBonnie) July 26, 2018This is a lie. What does Verma think insurance companies do if not control the decisions pertaining to someone\u0026#039;s coverage? In what world is the US providing anyone with \u0022patient-centric care\u0022? https://t.co/3mXSh98mQb— Roqayah (@roqchams) July 26, 2018\u0022Seema Verma couldn\u0026#039;t be more wrong,\u0022 Eagan Kemp, a healthcare policy advocate for Public Citizen, wrote on Thursday in response to Verma\u0026#039;s tweet. \u0022We have already achieved guaranteed healthcare for seniors through Medicare. It is time to improve and expand Medicare and finally guarantee healthcare for everyone in America. We need Medicare for All.\u0022The Nation\u0026#039;s John Nichols added that Verma \u0022has always placed the interests of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries ahead of those of patients. She is lying here on behalf of those industries.\u0022Verma\u0026#039;s attack on Medicare for All comes just days after more than 60 House Democrats launched the Medicare for All Caucus, an initiative that further demonstrates single-payer\u0026#039;s growing popularity on Capitol Hill. So far, more than 70 House Democrats have joined the caucus, and that number is expected to grow quickly in the coming weeks.\u0022Healthcare cannot be a luxury that\u0026#039;s only available for the wealthy and well-connected—it is a human right,\u0022 declared Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who founded the Medicare for All Caucus alongside Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).