Bernie Sanders on Socialism: People Would Be "Delighted" To Pay More In Taxes


Bernie Sanders said people would be "delighted" to pay more in taxes if it meant health care, education, and retirement security in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper following a speech he delivered defining democratic socialism.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (D-VT), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: 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. That level of income and wealth inequality is much less severe than it is right here in the United States.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: But 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.

SANDERS: 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. I live 50 miles away from the Canadian border. You go to the doctor any time you want. You don't take ought your wallet. You have heart surgery, you have a heart transplant and you come out of the hospital and 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. So there is a tradeoff, but at the end of the day, I think, that most people will believe they will be better off when their kids have educational opportunities without out-of-pocket expenses and when they have healthcare as a human right and they have affordable housing, when they have decent retirement security, I think most Americans will understand that is a good deal.

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