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Bernie Sanders: America is Not a “Compassionate Society”

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) refuted the idea that the United States is a compassionate society at a Senate HELP Confirmation Hearing for President-elect Trump’s Health and Human Services Nominee, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA).

Sanders asked Price if he would consider health care a right for all Americans and if Americans should “be able to go to the doctor when they need to.”
Price responded, “Yes, we are a compassionate society–”

That answer set off Sanders, who argued at length that Americans are not compassionate:

“No we are not a compassionate society. In terms of our relationship to poor and working people, our record is worse than virtually any other country on Earth. We have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any other major country on Earth, and half of our senior older workers have nothing set aside for retirement. So I don’t think compared to other countries we are particularly compassionate.”

Given that Sanders once praised Fidel Castro’s efforts to provide free healthcare and education to Cuba, his criticism of the United States as not being sufficiently socialist came as no surprise.