Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said more taxes would be necessary in order to pay for things like universal healthcare and tuition-free college.
Sanders pointed to countries like Germany and Finland, where the cost of going to college is minimal.
“But as you know, the taxes in many of those countries are much higher than they are — in individual and personal tax — are much higher than they are in the United States,” CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said.
“Yeah, but I suspect a lot of people in the country would be delighted to pay more in taxes if they had comprehensive healthcare as a human right,” Sanders said.
“I live 50 miles away from the Canadian border. You go to the doctor any time you want. You don’t take out your wallet. You have heart surgery, you have a heart transplant and you come out of the hospital and it costs you nothing. Your kids in many countries around the world can go to the public colleges and universities tuition-free and wages in many cases are higher.”
Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, said there is a “tradeoff” but he believes “most people will believe they will be better off when their kids have educational opportunities without out-of-pocket expenses and when they have healthcare as a human right and they have affordable housing, decent retirement security, and most Americans will understand that that is a good deal.”