At Friday night’s Democratic debate, Sanders takes heat for Medicare for All cost, calls American society ‘racist’

By Mary Margaret Olohan

2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday that “we have a racist society from top to bottom.”

The Vermont senator spoke Friday evening at ABC’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire, where he discussed racism in the United States as former Vice President Joe Biden and billionaire Tom Steyer argued over who has more support from black voters.

“We have a racist society from top to bottom,” Sanders said, adding that this “racist society” is “impacting health care, housing, criminal justice, education — you name it.”

“And clearly this is an issue that must be dealt with,” he added. “But in terms of criminal justice, what we have got to do is understand the system is broken, is racist.”

“We invest in our young people, in jobs, in education, not more jails, and incarceration. We end the war on drugs, which has disproportionately impacted African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. We end private prisons and detention centers in America.”

On health care, Biden attacked Sanders over his Medicare for All plan, asking, “how much is that gonna cost?”

The two candidates kicked off Friday night’s debates by sparring over Medicare for All at Saint Anselm College. The former vice president pointed out that though Sanders promises to provide Medicare for All, he “is not willing to solve what the damn thing” will cost.

“Bernie says that you have to bring people together, and that we have to have Medicare for All,” Biden said. “But Bernie says — and he says he wrote the damn thing. But he’s not willing to solve what the damn thing’s gonna cost.”

“How much is it gonna cost?” Biden asked Sanders. “Who is gonna pay for it? It will cost more than the entire federal budget we spend now. More than the entire budget. The idea middle class taxes aren’t going to go up is just crazy.”

He continued: “So how much is it gonna cost? If you ask Bernie that — I’ll ask him again tonight sometime — he says, ‘Go figure, I don’t know, we’ll find out.’”

“Imagine you’re going to unite the country walking into the Congress, say, ‘I got this bill, it’s gonna provide Medicare for everybody, I can’t tell you how much it’s gonna cost — we’ll find out later, it’s likely to be double everything we spend in the federal government, who do you think is gonna get that passed?”

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5 thoughts on “At Friday night’s Democratic debate, Sanders takes heat for Medicare for All cost, calls American society ‘racist’

  1. Typical Bernie. He’ll say or do anything to get a vote even though he knows he has no way to follow through with anything. Have you noticed in his ads and his ranting to the listeners, it’s all about the billionaires paying their fair share when in 2016 ho was ranting about millionaires paying their fair share. Now he is one,his tune has changed and his millions were made through capitalism, not socialism.. Such a lying hypocrite..

  2. It appears that anyone who disagrees with Bernie is racist, a homophobe, spoiled rich, or any other lable that comes to mind.

  3. Social Sanders is starting to show his real colors, when you have nothing
    just like all the other leftists, he throws out an ” ISM ” like racism !!

    This barking Buffoon believes he should become President with all the rhetoric
    in giving everybody everything for free, what’s sad is that he has followers that
    think it will happen……… a fool is born every minute, and it seems he has found
    them all.

    This clown from the ” ‘Bronx ” needs to go back home, he ruined Burlington with
    his political agenda and now he trying to ruin the country !! I hope that the DNC
    has a better plan, and he’s not in it ??

    So Bernie says he’s an Independent from VT, running under a Democratic banner
    but has a socialist agenda………..and I thought I was confused !!

    Vermont should hold it’s head in shame having him represent us, I know I do ……

  4. Sanders is an angry man inside.
    Under pressure it comes out.

    He has been in fighting mode to get the US to become Socialist, or even better, Communist for many decades..

    He even celebrated his honeymoon in the USSR, before the WALL cam down, to show he was one of them.

    He can be seen having breakfast, with 20 Russians, all in their pajamas. Just google for the video.

    And now his goal is so close, to be PRESIDENT OF THE US.

    It you think Trump is bad for democracy, wait until Sanders gets in.

    EVERYTHING will be COERCED to get to his kind if Socialism.

  5. I which people would get past the free free free stuff which is never free and is paid for by the hard-working taxpayers..

    We have a president who has done wonderful things for America end for the state of Vermont and yet we still have corrupt politicians that want to put this man down and destroy the economy and our constitutional rights enslaving us to the government..

    We have a socialist government operating in the state of Vermont right now that is continuing to destroy us in spite of our rallies against the imposition of their unfair laws against vermonters..

    Bernie Sanders is among their group he claims to be a vermonter when he is not neither are these corrupt socialist under the golden dome passing these laws…

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