WHAT IS BERNIE SANDERS' DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM?
"Socialism" for Bernie Sanders is a failed and discredited leftist theory of government that should have died with the collapse of the Soviet Union or the failures of socialist Sweden and Greece; but which persists with men like Sanders because it offers an escape from reality into an exhilarating revolutionary dream of heaven on earth where all is brotherhood, sharing, justice and peace.
Indeed, the socialist absurdly believes that the overarching purpose of imperfect human government (run by flawed politicians and bureaucrats prone to evil, corruption and greed) is the perfection of perennially imperfect human society populated by flawed citizens born with unequal gifts and talents and the drive to succeed. Socialists absurdly believe that through the redistribution of wealth from haves to have nots, and the limiting of freedom through intervention, taxation and regulation, it can close the gap between rich and poor (despite the natural inequality of people), equalize everything (income, outcome and condition) and create a classless society of government dependent slaves receiving cradle to grave economic security from the all caring, compassionate, godlike state.
What a beautiful beguiling dream. But what a nightmare in reality. Wonderful until the money runs out as it did for totalitarian Russia (spent into bankruptcy by Ronald Reagan), or for democratic Sweden following Russia's quiet fall, and today's socialist Greece (where takers exceed tax paying makers as it crashed and burned*); and as it's doing here in our unsustainable, going broke, once great US of A with its soaring $18 trillion debt and unfunded liabilities.
*Takers in government benefits out number productive, tax paying, self-reliant citizens. It is estimated that this has already happened in the US where takers dangerously exceed makers on a nearly 2:1 basis (see).
THE COST OF UNIVERSAL BERNIECARE
Bernie Sanders, the fossilized socialist senator from Vermont, wants to continue Obama's good progressive work and take healthcare "reform" (really revolution) to the next level: replace Obamacare-with its soaring, middle class crushing, jobs killing premium costs and deductibles-with single payer universal healthcare which would cover more uninsured Americans than Obamacare. In other words, the government control of the health insurance industry where insurers are forced to sell the insured what is mandated by the government isn't enough for Sanders. He wants to eliminate all "greedy" for profit private insurers and put the compassionate non-profit federal government in their place. This he calls "Medicare for all" though "Medicare for some" is going broke (see).
However, what is so embarrassing for Bernie, and what he (and the socialist left) doesn't want you to know, is that single payer healthcare crashed and burned in his own state of Vermont. Or better still, it never got off the ground because the costs were so staggering. Indeed, what started out as a program that would save Vermonters (a small state of 500,000 people) a whopping $500 million per year ended up costing $2 billion in new taxes. Vermont voters (paying $2.7 billion in taxes already) said "NO!" and the program was killed dead.
But the old socialist warrior is undeterred. He's been a believer too long in "Medicare for all" to give up now. Sanders' hatred of the free market system is such that cost to Vermonters and nation be damned; he wants to kill the private insurance industry and socialize it replacing it with a federal government single payer monopoly or monstrosity. No. The cost of Obamacare to taxpayers of $2 trillion over a decade (pledged by Obama to be $900 billion) isn't enough punishment to the working middle class that Bernie wants to save (see). He wants to add to their hardship because like Obama with Obamacare its the poor he wants to help at everyone else's expense.
For the cost of insuring every American means the nationalizing of Vermont's $2 billion annual single payer tax, i.e. its multiplication by 300 million people. Indeed, if the cost of single payer to 500,000 Vermonters is $2 billion in taxes per year then it would cost 1 million Americans $4 billion per year. Multiply $4 billion by 300 million and the cost in taxes to all of us collectively is a stupifying $1.2 trillion per year, or $12.2 trillion over a decade. But in addition to socialist Bernie's Medicare for all he wants tuition free college for all and the expansion of Social Security benefits for all. STOP! I can't take it anymore. I fear if I continue writing
my poor head will explode.