Sanders Bristles When Asked on '60 Minutes' About the Cost of His Proposals


In an interview with "60 Minutes," Sen. Bernie Sanders didn't want to get into any details when pressed about the price tag for his ambitious agenda. He said his Medicare-for-All plan would cost about $30 trillion over 10 years, which would, he argues, cost "substantially less than letting the current system go." Asked about a total price tag for his entire agenda - which includes free public college, cancellation of all student debt and a Green New Deal to tackle climate change - Sanders said he doesn't have a total cost figure:

Anderson Cooper: But you say you don't know what the total price is, but you know how it's gonna be paid for. How do you know it's gonna be paid for if you don't know how much the price is?

Bernie Sanders: Well, I can't-- you know, I can't rattle off to you ever nickel and every dime. But we have accounted for-- you-- you talked about Medicare for All. We have options out there that will pay for it.

Later, after Cooper asked Sanders about how he'll pay for a new universal childcare and pre-K proposal, the Democratic frontrunner pushed back on the premise of the question:

"It's taxes on billionaires. You know? You know, I get a little bit tired of hearing my opponents saying-'Gee, how you going to pay for a program that impacts and helps children or working-class families or middle-class families? How you going to pay for that?' And yet, where are people saying, 'How are you going to pay for over $750 billion on military spending?' How you going to pay for a trillion dollars in tax breaks to the 1% in large corporations, which was what Trump did? When you help the billionaires and you help Wall Street, 'Hey! Of course we can pay for it. That's what America's supposed to be about.' Well, I disagree."

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