Sanders Defends Socialism: Americans Would be 'Delighted to Pay More Taxes'
2020 hopeful attempts to sway voters towards democratic socialism
2020 Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders argued that if his socialist policies were carried out, Americans would be "delighted to pay more in taxes."
Sanders made a bold attempt to sway voters towards the notion that Democratic socialism is the answer, arguing that in favor of what he termed an "Economic Bill of Rights."
The 2020 socialist pushed the idea that every American would have a right for items like free healthcare, and education is what the country needs.
Sanders also argued that President Donald Trump is a "corporate socialist" for providing billions in subsidies and tax breaks for corporations.
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Speaking with CNN, Sanders was asked how he will respond to Trump's attacks on the campaign trail, and how Venezuela is presented as an example of failed socialism by Trump.
"Look, what we have to understand, for example... the United States is the only major country on Earth not to guarantee health care to all people as a right," Sanders explained.
"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 at any time since the 1920s... that level of income and wealth inequality is much less severe than it is right here in the United States."
"But as you know, the taxes in many of those countries are much higher than they are- the individual and personal tax, are much higher than they are in the United States," Cooper told the 2020 candidate.
"Yeah, but I suspect that 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 claimed.
"I live 50 miles away from the Canadian border. You go to the doctor any time you want. You don't take out your wallet.
"You have heart surgery; you have a heart transplant, you come out of the hospital, it costs you nothing.
"Your kids in many countries around the world can go to the public colleges and universities tuition-free, wages in many cases are higher."
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"So there is a trade-off, but at the end of the day, I think that most people will believe they going to be better off when their kids have educational opportunities without out-of-pocket expenses, when they have healthcare as a human right, when they have affordable housing, when they have decent retirement security, I think most Americans will understand that is a good deal."
But earlier this week, the nation's largest doctor group, The American Medical Association, rejected Medicare for All, one of Sanders key campaign pledges.
The group will now continue to back an expansion of Obamacare and will study "public option" plans in which government coverage is given to people alongside private health insurance plans.
Only a few months ago Sanders promised students at the University of Iowa “Medicare for all” and an end to President Donald Trump.
The 2020 hopeful called Trump 'the most dangerous president in modern American history.'
“This is a campaign that not only is going to win the Democratic nomination … that is not only going to defeat Donald Trump -- the most dangerous president in modern American history --, but this campaign is about more than that,” Sanders said.