Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher” earlier this week to speak about socialism. Sanders supporter and host Bill Maher shocked us all when he challenged Bernie Sanders on how exactly he plans to pay for all the free things he’s promising.
“I want to get right to this,” said Maher, referring to the topic of socialism. “I don’t think most Americans realize they are already socialists,” he said, arguing that America is already a “quasi” socialist country.
Sanders interrupted him to talk about his favorite issue, income inequality. The senator went on to remind his audience that “every other major country on Earth guarantees health care to all people as a right and they do it more cost effectively than we do.” One of the socialist’s campaign goals is to spread the word that other countries guarantee paid family and medical leave. Just in case there were any #BlackLivesMatter supporters waiting to jump the stage, he also threw in a comment about how we have too many blacks in jail.
Maher pushed Sanders back to the topic of “un-demonizing” the word socialism. He cited a statistic that when asked, more people would vote for a Muslim (60%) or an atheist (58%) than a socialist.
“We have to make the movement, if you like, to correlate what we’re talking about because on every one of the major issues I am talking about the American people agree,” said Sanders. Maybe it was thanks to his lively audience, but the socialist seems to honestly believe that everyone in the country is pro free college and thinks the wealthy should be heavily taxed.
It’s no secret that the liberal comedian Bill Maher is a huge fan of Bernie Sanders, but what he said next begs to differ: “The amount of tax revenue that we would get [from the wealthy] does not come close to covering what you want to pay for,” stated Maher.
Sanders interrupted his host, blaming “unfair,” and “wrong,” articles that suggest a Medicare-for-all program would be too expensive. Yes, it would be pricey, he says, but what those articles “forget to tell you is that it would be much more cost effective than the dysfunctional system we have right now, which is the most expensive per capita on Earth.”
“But it couldn’t even work in your home state of Vermont!” said Maher, explaining that the idea was shut down after the state government realized the proposed program would take up the entire budget.
Sanders responded by going right back to his favorite phrase, “The US is the only country on Earth that…” It almost reminded me of the embarrassing hearing earlier this month in which Ted Cruz ripped apart the Sierra Club’s president.
Maher didn’t sound like much of a Sanders fan as he continued to argue that the presidential hopeful’s plan wouldn’t work. It works in other countries because “they control both ends of it,” argued Maher, referring to the fact that insurance companies, hospitals, and doctors in socialist countries make significantly less than they do in America.
Sanders return argument was not convincing.