(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) admitted Thursday that he will raise taxes on the middle class to pay for universal health care.
Sanders received the first question of the night in the second Democratic presidential debate in Miami, Fla.
“You’ve called for big new government benefits like universal health care and free college. In a recent interview, you said you suspected that Americans would be ‘delighted’ to pay more taxes for things like that. My question to you is will taxes go up for the middle class in a Sanders administration, and if so, how do you sell that to voters?” NBC’s “Today Show” host Savannah Guthrie asked.
“You’re quite right. We have a new vision for America, and at a time when we have three people in this country owning more wealth than the bottom half of America, while 500,000 people are sleeping out on the streets today, we think it is time for change - real change - and by that I mean that health care in my view is a human right, and we have got to pass a Medicare for all single payer system,” Sanders said.
“Under that system, by the way, vast majority of the people in this country will be paying significantly less for health care than they are right now. I believe that education is the future for this country, and that is why I believe that we must make public colleges and universities tuition free and eliminate student debt, and we do that by placing a tax on Wall Street. Every proposal that I have brought forth is fully paid for,” he said.
“Senator Sanders, I’ll give you 10 seconds just to answer the very direct question, will you raise taxes for the middle class in a Sanders administration?” Guthrie asked Sanders again.
“People who have health care under Medicare for all will have no premiums, no deductibles, no co-payments, no out-of-pocket expenses. Yes, they will pay more in taxes but less in health care for what they get,” Sanders said.