Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Monday defended his Medicare for All plan, which has faced criticism from some of his 2020 rivals for its staggering price tag.\nIn an interview with PBS NewsHour\u2019s anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, Sanders, I-Vt., criticized the current U.S. health care system as \u201cdysfunctional\u201d and said his plan would be less expensive than \u201cif we do nothing.\u201d\nA report released by the Urban Institute last week found that his single-payer approach would cost $34 trillion dollars over 10 years, more than the total cost of social security, medicare and medicaid combined.\n\u201cLook, I am not denying that we\u2019re going to spend a lot of money,\u201d Sanders said in response. \u201cBut they cannot deny that we\u2019re saving people substantial sums of money by eliminating all premiums. I talked to a woman in New Hampshire — $1,700 per month in premiums, huge prescription drug costs. Under our bill, no one pays more than $200 a year. The average American will pay less for health care under Medicare for All.\u201d\nMore highlights from the interview\n\nOn his health since his health attack earlier this month: \u201cI took some time off. I\u2019m feeling great right now,\u201d Sanders said. \u201cWe had a wonderful rally on Saturday, we\u2019re going to Iowa in a few days. We\u2019re back and running.\u201d\nOn Trump\u2019s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria: Sanders also strongly denounced President Donald Trump\u2019s decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria, saying the U.S. now needs to work with allies to bring stability to the region. \u201cI think Trump\u2019s betrayal of the Kurds, people who lost 10,000 soldiers fighting against ISIS, is one of the worst foreign policy and military decisions ever made by any president in the history of this country.\u201d He went on to say Trump\u2019s decision will \u201chaunt\u201d the U.S. and make allies question whether to trust the U.S. in the future.