BERNIE SANDERS’ DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM AND THE STAGGERING COST OF SINGLE PAYER BERNIE-CARE

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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.
 
Rise and Fall of Socialism
 
 
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).
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THE COST OF UNIVERSAL BERNIECARE
 
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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
 
Exploding Head Syndrome
 
my poor head will explode.
 
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21 thoughts on “BERNIE SANDERS’ DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM AND THE STAGGERING COST OF SINGLE PAYER BERNIE-CARE

  1. Memo to Bernie Sanders: Go and read Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom. If you are anti-capitalist you are anti-freedom. The link between the two is historical and irrefutable.

    1. My favorite Friedman quote: “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

  2. Sanders needs to answer for his socialism because, as Apollo says, it’s a failed ideology with disastrous consequences. He needs to specifically ask who will produce and provide for all the products and services that he is promising to his listening fools. Will he just have the government print the money? Will he raise taxes to create the money?

    1. Don’t hold your breath my friend Sanders will never answer such questions. Rather he will turn the question on its head because he doesn’t have an answer.
      His response is to deflect it off to others. That is telling about what a leader he would be; no leader, just a fool with a big mouth and poor ideas based on failure.

  3. Capitalism has been working pretty good for over 200 years around here Bern. Why is it these people have such a loathing for the country that has taken care of and protected them their whole lives. I just don’t get it.

  4. If Capitalism is so bad, why do liberals support programs to teach women in developing countries to start home based businesses to support their families?

  5. A number of people have pointed out that the Sanders “program” is not socialism per se, but rather is something based upon socializing the results of private enterprise, or what one might call secondary socialism. The Bernie Sanders regime would take control of some of the produce of private enterprise, as opposed to taking outright control of factors of production, which would remain in private hands.

    If this reminds one of the fascism of the 1930s, that is because Sanders is promoting a version of the governing models of Germany under Adolph Hitler and Italy under Benito Mussolini.

    1. Of the two, Sanders certainly is closer to Mussolini. M called himself a socialist and was a leader in the Italian Socialist Party. Like Sanders, M decried “profiteers” and the wealthy, and spoke out against political corruption. Like Sanders, M spoke of a larger “national purpose” and sought to harness nationalism as a political force. Like Sanders, M sought to impose more and more controls on Italian businesses in order to direct production in a way to satisfy political purposes. Like Sanders, M built political power by appealing to Italian voters by saying that other Italians were well-off because they had gained their wealth on the backs of the poor.

      1. I don’t buy it. Where’s Sanders’ “Red Shirts” terrorizing enemies and political opponents? Where’s his violence? He’s a good decent man. There’s none of that in him.’

        1. Sanders may not be a violent man, but his socialism is a form of violence. It impoverishes nations by doing violence to success, productivity, innovation and wealth.

          1. And it does violence to the brain by making one insane. Take it from me. Once upon a time in my youth I was a socialist loon.

  6. Benie is a poll-cat that has found a way to trash his detested enemy capitalism.

    Capitalism is a sound system, if it isn’t exploited to defeat Capitalism.

    Communism/Socialism isn’t sound no matter how you slice it.

    1. I’ve been asking myself the same question. If single payer flopped in Vermont you’d think it would damage his credibility and hurt his popularity. But no. He ‘s more popular than ever.

      1. People are stupid and don’t realize that socialism hasn’t worked once in all the times it’s been tried. Oh that’s right. Bernie’s a genius and he can do it better.

  7. “Henry Hazlitt in a 1966 article titled “Marxism in One Minute”

    The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others. Never under any circumstances admit that your own failure may be owing to your own weakness, or that the failure of anyone else may be due to his own defects – his laziness, incompetence, improvidence, or stupidity. Never believe in the honesty or disinterestedness of anyone who disagrees with you.

    This basic hatred is the heart of Marxism. This is its animating force. You can throw away the dialectical materialism, the Hegelian framework, the technical jargon, the “scientific” analysis, and millions of pretentious words, and you still have the core: the implacable hatred and envy that are the raison d’etre for all the rest”.

  8. Had Bernie not been elected to the Senate–he would have been an impoverished retiree existing on his snap card and social security.. He really never earned much or worked very hard and the senate was his cup of tea. Just look at his followers–free tuition, free health care, eliminate student debt, guaranteed wages, Utopia in the ballot box. His appeal is to the young who do not yet have fully developed brains and have never had to fend for themselves.. His Marxist babble has never worked and never will. God help all of us if Saul Alinsky’s daughter Hillary becomes president. General Motors was just the beginning and if you loved the IRS scandals, Ben Ghazi lies The GSA and the DOJ and open borders –Hillary and Bernie and Timmy are your go to guys.

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