Bernie Sanders unveiled his plan for ‘universal childcare’ in a Sunday interview – saying that the new federal benefit is funded by a wealth tax.
The senator from Vermont defended the plan even when he took fire from more centrist presidential rivals who questioned the multi-trillion cost of his Medicare for All plan.
“It’s taxes on billionaires,” he told host Anderson Cooper on CBS, “60 Minutes” Sunday.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defended his plan for ‘universal childcare’ on Sunday ’60 minutes’
“You know, I get a little tired of hearing my opponents say,” Gosh, how are you going to pay for a program that affects and helps children or working-class families or middle-class families? How are you going to pay for that? “Sanders said.
“And yet, where do people say:” How are you going to pay more than $ 750 billion in military expenses? “How are you going to pay a trillion dollars in tax benefits up to 1% in large companies, what Trump did?” ‘ he said.
‘How to pay tax benefits up to 1 percent in large companies for a trillion dollars, that was something [President] Trump did? If you help the billionaires and help Wall Street, “Hey!” Of course we can pay for it. America should be about that. “Well, I don’t agree,” he said.
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Sanders called it “shocking” that he is now the Democratic leader
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Waving to his supporters during a campaign event on Sunday, February 23, 2020 in Austin, Texas
Sanders’ plan would provide coverage for Americans with children up to the age of four, including childcare and preschool education. The Sanders camp costs $ 1.5 trillion.
By taxing the extreme wealth of the top 0.1 percent, we can invest $ 1.5 trillion over the next decade in ensuring free, universal, high-quality childcare and early education for all, “the ninth paragraph of his Description of the plan.
When Cooper Sanders insisted on how much the plan would cost, he was vague, but agreed that he had no price tag for all his plans.
“No, I don’t. We try – you mentioned opening up lectures and universities free tuition and canceling all student debt, that’s right. That is what I want to do. We pay that through a modest tax on Wall Street speculation, “he said.
“But you say you don’t know what the total price is, but you know how it will be paid. How do you know it will be paid if you don’t know how much the prize is? “Cooper was busy.
‘Well, I can’t – you know, I can’t rattle you, ever nickel and every penny. But we have been accountable – you mentioned Medicare for All. We have options that will pay for it, “Sanders responded.
“Childcare must be guaranteed for every child, regardless of their parents’ income, just like with K-12 education,” he said in a statement. “We know that the first four years of a child’s life are the most important years of human development, so it’s unaware that we’re not investing well in preschool education in the richest country in the world.”
The government would set minimum wages for childcare workers and guarantee ‘low child-to-adult ratios and small group sizes’ in the classes. The programs would be managed by states and local governments, but funded by the FBI – a federal model that only shows what could happen if some states opt out, as they did even when they were near 100 percent federal fee for elevated Medicaid programs under Obamacare.
Sanders routed rivals in Nevada and competes for supremacy with former vice president Joe Biden in South Carolina, who is voting on Saturday.
Former mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg destroyed the self-described dDemocratic Socialist candidate to believe “capitalism is the root of all evil” during a speech in Las Vegas Saturday.
“Senator Sanders believes in a rigid, ideological revolution that leaves out most Democrats, not to mention most Americans,” Buttigieg said.
Sanders in the interview acknowledged that he was now the leader in the fight for the Democratic nomination, a development he called “a bit shocking.” He agreed with Cooper that the Democratic Party had come to him.
“And the ideas that seemed radical four years ago are now a kind of mainstream,” he said.