Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane bankrupted a college.
I know that's not a detail you were expecting this article to highlight in the first paragraph, but that's the point: socialist Senator Bernie Sanders loves to offer "free" stuff to his supporters, but his own personal track record shows he and his people are hardly qualified to fund any of the things he wants to give away, including free education, but also free healthcare.
In fact, Bernie's home state, Vermont, has already attempted to launch a program (fairly recently) and it failed miserably.
Odd that he never talks about how his favorite policy already went belly up in his home state, huh?
Vermont was supposed to pave the way for a single-payer healthcare system. The Democratic-controlled state legislature drafted the bill in 2014, and Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin was ready to sign it into law. But then Shumlin realized he had a problem: He couldn’t pay for it.
The 11.5% payroll tax on small business and sliding premiums of up to 9.5% on people’s incomes “might hurt our economy,” Shumlin admitted.
“These are simply not tax rates that I can responsibly support or urge the Legislature to pass,” the governor said at the time. “In my judgment, the potential economic disruption and risks would be too great to small businesses, working families, and the state’s economy.”
The system Vermont’s bill proposed would also have added even more administrative complexity to an already complex system. It made certain exemptions for large businesses, reducing the funding necessary to get the program running. And it was never clear whether or how citizens already enrolled in federal plans, such as Medicare and Medicaid, would have been integrated into the system.
In short, Medicare for All was too expensive and too complex for Vermont.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), joined by hospital workers, union members and local politicians protests the imminent closure of Hahnemann University Hospital at a rally in Philadelphia, PA on July 15, 2019. The struggling Center City located hospital announced it will seize operations and is facing out critical services like Emergency access and the maternity ward unless support is found to end the financial turmoil. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)