Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) told CNN’s “Inside Politics” John King, on Sunday that the U.S. can afford Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s expensive proposal of the Green New Deal as well as Medicare for all.
She added that such proposals are “not about a cost,” even though economists are warning it will cost into the trillions per year for just some of its goals.
As for Medicare for all, one study from George Mason University’s Mercatus Center found that it would increase government spending on health care by $32.6 trillion over 10 years. The study’s findings are “similar to those of several independent studies of Sanders’ 2016 plan. Those studies found increases in federal spending over 10 years that ranged from $24.7 trillion to $34.7 trillion.”
“Can we afford it?” King asked of these ideas.
“Of course we can afford it,” Harris replied.
“Two and a half, three trillion dollars a year for Medicare for all, by some studies,” King pointed out. “Depending on which portions of the green new deal you choose to do first–That’s money. You know what the Republicans are going to say, tax and spend liberals, pie in the sky…”
One has to wonder if the Democrats who support the drastic measures in the Green New Deal are only saying that out of fear that Ocasio-Cortez will condemn them.
So, the question to those who say we can afford to add trillions to the deficit every year is, how will we as a nation survive complete financial collapse, they do not have an answer to that question, and no one in the mainstream media is asking them the pertinent questions.
Harris added this, “There’s no question we have to be practical. But being practical also recognizes that climate change is an existential threat to us as human beings. Being practical recognizes that greenhouse gas emissions are threatening our air and threatening the planet and that it is well within our capacity as human beings to change our behaviors in a way that we can reduce its effects. That’s practical.”