2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders may have come out of Iowa and New Hampshire with the lead, but all is far from well with his campaign.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Sanders’ signature platform issue, “Medicare for All,” is causing support for the candidate to collapse among suburban professionals — a demographic he simply will not be able to win without.
Concerns about funding
Medicare for All sounds great, but there simply is no reasonable way to pay for it. Sanders uses make-believe numbers to justify his plan, and when he gets drilled on the actual finances of his plan, even he admits he doesn’t have a clue where the money is going to come from.
Lately, Sanders has been using the excuse that nobody can predict what these things will cost, but that is simply untrue.
The only reason he is doing this is that he knows the real numbers, and he knows the only way to pay for universal healthcare proposals is to tax Americans into oblivion.
Sanders has previously failed to win over more than just his socialist-leaning base. He did recently get a surge in the primary race, but that is mostly due to the fact that Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign is crumbling, so her far-left supporters are flocking to Sanders.
The reality is that most of the silent majority of the Democratic Party is terrified of Sanders winning the nomination.
One of the main worries is that voters who have employer-provided health insurance actually like their insurance, and they do not want the government to dictate coverage.
There may be a lot of freeloaders voting for Sanders, but there are far more hardworking Americans who do not want their paycheck pillaged so Bernie can hand out freebies. Labor unions — another key Democrat constituency — are also beginning to push back against Sanders’ proposals.
When the Washington Free Beacon analyzed election data from Iowa and New Hampshire, it found that Sanders was decimated in counties where a large number of voters had private health insurance. For instance, in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, more than 80% of voters enjoy this type of coverage.
Sanders finished four points behind opponent Pete Buttigieg in that state, with Amy Klobuchar hot on his heels, something which is not a good sign once we get into the meat of the primary states.
Additionally, Sanders’ campaign also took a hit in the Iowa caucuses. The Free Beacon reported: “Sanders lost by an average margin of nearly 18 points in Dallas, Winneshiek, and Bremer counties, which have the highest proportion of privately insured adults in the state.” This all adds up to bad news for Bernie as the primary season heats up.