Washington, D.C. (Accredited Times) – I hope you like Venezuela’s progressive economic policies. If Bernie Sanders has his way, those policies are coming soon to a government near you.
Senator Bernie Sanders — the scraggly Vermont socialist who received wide acclaim from the accredited media in the 2016 Presidential election — has raved about the Venezuelan economic success story: “These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger.”
Seeking to adopt Venezuela’s successful economic model, Sanders has now proposed a $32 trillion healthcare plan that would convert America’s healthcare system (1/7th of the economy) into a full government-run operation. Sanders hopes that healthcare can run as efficiently as the Post Office and the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
“Right now, if we want to move away from a dysfunctional, wasteful, bureaucratic system into a rational health-care system that guarantees coverage to everyone in a cost-effective way, the only way to do it is Medicare for All,” Sanders said in an interview in his Senate office.
Under Sanders’ proposal, the federal government would pay healthcare expenses for all Americans and for at least one-third of all Mexicans. Sanders would cover everything, including abortions, liposuction, breast augmentation, psychological counseling, and sex change operations. Tax rates would increase, possibly to Argentina’s 137.3% total tax rate, but, more importantly, no transgender would be left uncovered. Moreover, as Obama promised, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.
The Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center, a progressive think tank, has estimated that Sanders’ plan would cost $32 trillion over a ten-year period. Sanders would partially pay for his plan with $15.3 trillion in new taxes. The remainder would be funded by increased debt, similar to Venezuela’s innovative budgetary policies.
The accredited media reacted in an orgy of ecstasy. The Washington Post embraced the plan, breathlessly exclaiming that it “pushes the health-care debate decidedly leftward.” CNN declared that the plan offers “a blueprint for fundamentally reshaping the American health care system by moving the country to a government-run, single-payer program.” CNN also indicated that 53% of Americans would support a “national healthcare plan,” although technically CNN failed to note that 60% of Americans actually oppose Sanders’ plan if taxes were raised, as they would be under Sanders’ plan. However, these adverse results do not consider votes from citizens of other countries, like Mexico.
“I think in a democracy, we should be doing what the American people want,” Sanders noted.
Other progressive Senators backed Sanders’ plan, including potential Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren (Democrat – Massachusetts), Kamala Harris (Democrat – California), Corey Booker (Democrat – New Jersey), Kirsten Gillibrand (Democrat – New York), and Al Franken (Democrat – Minnesota).
“The reason that our health care system is so outrageously expensive is that it is not designed to provide quality care to all in a cost-effective way, but to provide huge profits to the medical-industrial complex,” Sanders wrote. “Needless to say, there will be huge opposition to this legislation from the powerful special interests that profit from the current wasteful system. The insurance companies, the drug companies and Wall Street will undoubtedly devote a lot of money to lobbying, campaign contributions and television ads to defeat this proposal. But they are on the wrong side of history.”
Viva el Sanders!!!