Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has a plan to create national health insurance, a program he says would be paid for through increased taxes on the wealthy. Just one problem: Two studies today jointly published by left-leaning think tanks argue that, over the course of a decade, there's an $18 trillion gap between the money that taxes would rake in and the cost of his health care plan.
The work from the Tax Policy Center and the Urban Institute suggests that Sanders has just $15 trillion planned in new taxes, while his health care plan would cost the government $33 trillion, leaving the poor and middle class to potentially foot more of the bill than the Vermont senator has budgeted for.
Sanders' policy director, Warren Gunnels, disputed the think tanks' findings.
"This study significantly underestimates the savings in administration, paperwork, and prescription drug prices that every major country on earth has successfully achieved by adopting a universal health care program," he said. Julie Kliegman