Asked by Vox about the difficulty of switching people out of employer-based insurance, he scoffs, Its not a question of switching plans, and then segues into a generalized riff about the merits of universal insurance. (In real politics, you cant answer peoples concerns by denying theyre concerns.) Asked by the Washington Post about the taxes needed to finance his plan, he insists that we have no idea how much it would cost because the only studies so far have been faked by big pharma and the insurance industry: The truth is, embarrassingly, that on this enormously important issue, there has not been the kind of research and study that we need. Youve got think tanks, in many cases funded by the drug companies and the insurance companies, telling us how terribly expensive its going to be.
The bill does not contain any tax increases, leaving those to a separate piece of legislation. A nonspecific health-care plan that lacks a plausible financing system has accomplished approximately zero percent of the necessary work, as the Republicans discovered this year.
There is nothing in Sanderss rhetoric that indicates he even recognizes the shape of the political problem. Instead he employs the classic populist technique of imagining the people as a whole standing united around an obvious solution, and only the machinations of an invidious elite can thwart them. via New York Magazine.