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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) argued Wednesday that Americans "would be delighted" to pay higher taxes if the government guaranteed them health care.
During an appearance on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, Sanders compared the United States to Europe, where many countries guarantee health care and college.
"Look, what we have to understand, for example, just for example: The United States is the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all people as a right," Sanders began. "In many countries in Europe, Germany, for one, you go to college and the cost of college is zero. I think in Finland they actually pay you to go to college. In most countries around the world the level of income and wealth inequality, which in the United States today is worse than in any time since the 1920s with three families owning more wealth than the bottom half of America, and that level of income and wealth inequality is much less severe than it is right here in the United States."
"As you know, the taxes in many of those countries are much higher than they are in individual and personal tax are much higher than they are in the United States," host Anderson Cooper pointed out.
"Yeah, but I suspect a lot of people in the country would be delighted to pay more in taxes if they had comprehensive health care as a human right," Sanders responded.
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@NikkiHaley I don’t want anything for free. I pay taxes. I’d rather my taxes didn’t go to tax cuts for the wealthy… https://t.co/C9FO1mQKBF
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@setya @BernieSanders But we all don’t do we? 165m dont pay federal taxes. Also, health care isn’t a right, despite… https://t.co/FPYQOe6M2c
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RT @BexitWesty: @Tipsy_in_Texas @56blackcat Not a single coherent plan in his pickled brain. He just RAISED our taxes without warning & bec…