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During the NBC Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ripped into socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) over his health care plan.

Buttigieg hammered Sanders over his lack of transparency, hitting the senator for repeatedly stating that he doesn’t know the cost of this own plan, and has only outlined tax hikes, including on folks in the lower-middle class, to pay for a fraction of the estimated cost.

Sanders “said it was impossible to even know how much it’s going to cost, and even after raising taxes on everybody making $29,000, there is still a multi-trillion dollar hole,” Buttigieg said of Sanders’ pricey Medicare for All plan.

“Matter of fact,” the former mayor continued, “if you add up all his policies together, they come to $50 trillion. He’s only explained $25 trillion worth of revenue, which means the hole in there is bigger than the size of the entire economy of the United States.”


Earlier in the debate, Buttigieg hit Sanders for being “polarizing” and “not even a Democrat.”

“We have got to wake up as a party,” Buttigieg said, according to Breitbart News. “We could wake up two weeks from today, the day after Super Tuesday, and the only candidates left standing will be Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg, the two most polarizing figures on this stage.”

“And most Americans don’t see where they fit if they have got to choose between a socialist who thinks that capitalism is the root of all evil, and a billionaire that thinks that money ought to be the root of all power,” he continued. “Let’s put forward somebody who actually lives and works in a middle-class neighborhood in an industrial Midwestern city. Let’s put forward somebody who’s actually a Democrat.”

Sanders responded: “If speaking to the needs and the pain of a long-neglected working class is ‘polarizing’ – I think you have got the wrong word. What we are trying, finally, to do is to give a voice to people who, after 45 years of work, are not making a nickel more than they did 45 years ago. We are giving a voice to people who are saying, we are sick and tired of billionaires like Mr. Bloomberg seeing huge expansions of their wealth while a half a million people sleep out on the street tonight. And that’s all what we are saying, Pete, is maybe it’s time for the working class for this country to have a little bit of power in Washington, rather than your billionaire campaign contributors.”

“We can actually deliver health care without taking it away from anyone,” Buttigieg retorted. “We can actually empower workers and lift wages without further polarizing this country. And we can build a movement without having legions of our supporters online and in person attacking Democratic figures and union leaders alike.”

The former mayor also said Sanders was not being transparent enough with his health. “I am certainly prepared to get a physical, put out the results. I think everybody here should be willing to do the same.”


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  • Wilson says:

    So, does this mean he gave Sanders a butt-plugging?

  • Michael says:

    Pete, talk is cheap, and actions speak louder than words. President Trump is already doing or attempting to do everything you mentioned. If Democrats would actually try and work with him, he could accomplish everything in record time, but you assholes are nothing but phony fucking bullshitters. You don’t want to help anyone but yourselves. If you all really cared about working class people you’d work with the president, but you’re all more interested in pushing phony conspiracy theories to try and remove him from office, because you all only want power. You don’t want to help everyday Americans, you want to control them, and Trump is a threat to your party’s whole plan. That’s why you all hate him, because he’s exposing how phony and corrupt you all truly are. Fuck you all! Trump 2020 and beyond!

  • mike dar says:

    All costs are modulated quite easily, just reduce the services. We all know the Socialist process to keep costs down, keep people from getting services as long, as much, as possible from happening.
    Obama admitted it, Sanders has admitted it, Bloomberg has admitted it… it isn’t a secret and it isn’t a “Fix” for anything currently screwed up in the Health Care system.

  • ed says:

    Funny how the only transparency the dems are interested in is in their opponent’s taxes and medical records.

  • Hobbygirl says:

    If you have original Medicare and a costly secondary, you might do just fine. If your under the ACA like my husband is, this is how it works: you sign up for a color plan, (Hmo or PPO) and it’s usually 75/25 or 80/20 for those who don’t qualify for Medicaid. His copay on the middle plan is $50 Dr and $70 for a specialist…this is costly if you truly have a medical need. Deductibles range (in network $2500-7500, out of network $10,000 (you must meet this deductible before they pay a fine). Tax time: 28500-24000 deductible= 0 taxes due. The the ACA form (it’s a tax remember), end result, taxes due= $650. Why??? Because our estimated income when we first applied, we estimated our income (you give your best guess), and we earned a bit more. This HAS to be repealed….what family can live in this? FYI, we had 7900.00 that was paid in copays… oh, did you know that Drs can bill you personally for 15% of allowable costs that is not covered by insurance. Truly not affordable for the average family.

  • Fran says:

    Never seen a group of Communist Democrats fight over who can spend the most taxpayers dollars on free stuff and defend wrong and criticize right. They are all corrupt lunatics. GOD help us save our Country.

  • Stephen Russell says:

    Project Veritas: lets see Petes town of So Bend IN.
    & love the Dem division Hoorah

  • CF