America’s middle class has been absolutely shredded over the past 40 years. Conservatives want to help them by reducing their taxes, halting sweetheart trade deals for job-stealing nations like China, and stopping the illegal immigration that drives down their wages.
But that’s not exactly Bernie Sander’s approach. If you only make $41,000…he actually wants to raise your taxes — and will tell you so to your face.
That’s exactly what happened town hall in New Hampshire night, when a man in the audience asked Sanders about how his socialist plan to raise taxes would be help him on a very modest salary.
Sanders claimed people would ultimately save money funding his “Medicare-for-all, single-payer program ” and not having to pay health insurance premiums.
Sanders was asked by Chris Brownell, “Senator Sanders, the first thing I hear about you is that you’re going to raise taxes on the middle class. I support my family on a salary of $41,000 a year. I’m wondering if you raise my taxes, how does that help me?”
He responded, “This is what we are going to do, the United States is the only major country on earth that doesn’t guarantee healthcare to all people, and we end up spending far, far more per capita on healthcare, as do the people of any other country, Canada, UK, France, whatever. What we are going to fight for, is a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program, which would provide comprehensive healthcare to your family, and every family in America. So, let me tell you what we do, we raise your taxes if you’re somewhere in the middle of the economy, about 500 bucks, but you know what we’re going to do? For healthcare, we’re going to reduce your healthcare costs by $5,000. So, you’re going to pay a little bit more in taxes, but you’re no longer going to have to pay private health insurance premiums. Now, I’ve been criticized for this, but I believe that healthcare is a right of all people, that we should not have these deductibles and co-payments. We should not be paying the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, and our Medicare-for-all program will guarantee comprehensive care to all people, and save middle class families some thousands of dollars a year.”
Brownell then stated, “I mean, if it saves me on health insurance premiums, I will gladly pay more taxes.”
Sanders added, “[S]ometimes people distort things. And I’ve had 30-second ads run against me years ago, Bernie is going to raise your taxes! But they forget to say, we’re going to do away with your private health insurance premiums. Bottom line here is, we spend almost three times more per person than the British, 50% more than the French. We can save substantial sums of money, and my Medicare-for-all system is funded in a very progressive way. Yes, you’ll pay a little bit more, but your health premiums will disappear.