The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur broke down Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders‘ single-payer universal healthcare plan last week and debunked his opponent’s argument that the average American would not be able to afford it.
The U.S. government currently spends $20 trillion on health care nationally and recent data shows that Americans pay an average monthly premium of $328 for mid-tier or “silver plan” health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to NBC.
Uygur explained that under the Sanders’ plan, the government will end up paying $11 trillion and the average middle-class American will roughly pay 6.2 – 8.4 percent in payroll taxes, depending on your tax bracket.
“The part they never tell you is the money it saves us. It’s so one sided, it’s comical,” Uygur said.
The plan also has a third bracket which affects those earning $250,000 a year and features an incremental tax increase of up to 52 percent for people making above $10 million a year.
“Here’s the part they don’t tell you about: we save $20 trillion,” Uygur said. “Now you don’t save the whole $20 trillion, you save the difference. That’s $9 trillion!”
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