Bernie Sanders calls for wiping out $81 billion in medical debtU.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a plan on Saturday to eliminate $81 billion in Americans' existing medical debt, going beyond his Democratic White House rivals and expanding on his signature proposal for a government-run health insurance system. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, also said as president he would push to reform bankruptcy laws to provide relief for those with medical debt, and create a public credit registry to replace for-profit credit reporting agencies. Medical debt would be excluded from credit reports.