Author James Patterson: In Cuba 'Everybody Gets Fed, Everybody Gets Health Care, Everybody Gets Educated'

By Mark Judge | September 6, 2016 | 10:16 AM EDT

Author James Patterson (AP Photo)

Best-selling author James Patterson thinks that, unlike Cuba, America is unable to “take care of the basics” – education, health care, and food.

Patterson wrote and hosts a new documentary, “Murder of a Small Town," that looks at two rural communities in Florida, Pahokee and Belle Glade. The towns have been abandoned by industry, are violent, poverty-stricken and offer a contrast to Palm Beach and other affluent coastal communities to the east. 

Paterson was recently promoting the film on “CBS This Morning” and offered that Pahokee and Belle Glade make it look as though America cannot take care of citizens’ basic needs:

This is what's going on in this country. Once again you’ve got the richest country in the world unable to take care of basics. We were down in Cuba a couple of months ago, and there’s a lot of poverty, people don’t make a lot of money, but everybody gets fed, everybody gets health care, everybody gets educated. I think in this country we should at least take care of the basics. So we’re doing a bad job in that area. Really bad.

“Murder of a Small Town” is available on Video On Demand on Sept. 9th.