In early October, Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was forced to put his campaign on hold due to health complications.
The press was slow to uncover the details (because, why would they?), but it was eventually revealed that the democratic socialist had suffered a heart attack. It was also announced that he would be “slowing” his campaign to allow him to recover. Realizing this announcement would cause his poll numbers to plummet, Sanders is now walking that statement back, but it’s too late: the damage is done.
Sanders supporters are flocking to the next best thing, which is presumably Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren — who shares most if not all of his platform. But while all of this is happening, the press is ignoring the big story of the day: a socialist was saved by a system he doesn’t think should even exist.
Under a Bernie Sanders administration, healthcare would become a government service. Initially, Americans may not notice a huge difference, but generations of a highly skilled career being relegated to the same category as the DMV is going to have consequences. While it’s true that American healthcare certainly isn’t cheap, it’s also the best. This won’t be the case when the value of their labor is reduced to nothing.