Bernie Sanders has gotten a free pass from the media thus far.
Sure they refer to him as a socialist occasionally, which he certainly is, but they talk about his affliction with an endearing tone as if to pay tribute to the Vermont senator’s belief in the liberal cause. They gloss over the whole “millions of people lost their lives throughout history because of socialism” part.
Those interested in the truth and frankly, the success of this country, aren’t going to let Bernie off so easily.
On Friday, Bernie explained one of the hundreds of reasons why he isn’t qualified to lead the country.
Friday on “CBS This Morning,” Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said if elected he will create “universal health care for every man, woman and child,” and put private insurance companies “out of business.”
Sanders answered, “What we are talking about now, number one, let’s be clear. We spend far more per capita on health care than do the people of any other country. Thirty million people today have zero health insurance. Millions more are under insured. No one debates that fact. What the story is, is how can you create universal health care for every man, woman and child and do it in a cost and effective way. Other countries do it. The United States of America can do it. Now, I know the private insurance companies don’t like this idea, we’re going to put them out of business. And the drug companies that are ripping off the American people and charging us the highest prices in the world, don’t like the idea. Tough luck.”
Take a second to wrap your head around that.
First of all, his line about America spending more on health care per capita than any other country is false. Absolutely false.
Second of all, this statement is one step away from anarchy. Sanders isn’t saying he wants to lower costs, make healthcare affordable, and level the playing field. He wants to blow up the playing field. And if you don’t like that, “tough luck”.
Translation: Bernie Sanders wants to take away the livelihoods of MILLIONS of people in this country that work in the private health care sector during a time when the labor participation rate is at the lowest rate in 40%.
He is openly admitting he wants to create chaos in the health insurance arena.
Why? Because Sweden did it. Nobody really knows why this is a good idea. It has never worked in a country even remotely as large as America. And even in the places it “works” there is plenty of evidence to the contrary.
In what world is it noble to blow up an entire industry, kill millions of jobs, and disrupt the capitalistic fabric our society was founded on just for the sake of principle?
A country that is 18.3 trillion dollars in debt can’t all of a sudden adopt comprehensive socialized medicine. That’s not only reckless, it shows a clear lack of understanding of basic economics.
Senator Sanders has made a career saying things like this which is one of the reasons he has existed in relative obscurity in Washington for the last 20 years.
There is a place for him in politics just like there was a place for Ron Paul. It’s all well and good to travel from college to college reciting talking points to packs of crazed drug addled millennials but it is an entirely different story when you start talking about a legitimate path to the White House.
Make no mistake, Bernie does not have a path. However, an abysmal Democratic field thanks to the party’s decimation during the Obama years is making Sanders significantly more credible than his words, actions, and beliefs could ever warrant.