President Donald Trump and Republicans passed U.S. tax reforms in 2017, a huge achievement under the Trump administration., but that didn’t stop several 2020 Democratic candidates from bashing the accomplishment during Thursday’s second debate.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), for example, continued to defend his “Medicare for All” healthcare plan — which is backed by several other candidates — by explaining how middle-class families will “yes, pay more in taxes but less in healthcare for what they get.”
2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden also took a swing at Trump, claiming the president’s tax cuts have created a “horrible situation, whild Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) claimed Trump’s tax cuts have contributed “at least $1 trillion to the debt of America, which middle-class families will pay for one way or another.”
“Frankly, this economy is not working for working people,” Harris declared.
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Senator Bernie Sanders defends his Medicare-for-All healthcare plan, saying some middle-class families might have to pay more in taxes but less in healthcare. https://t.co/XIeRpXhQQN #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/7cHBrumjJP
However, there are just a few problems with their criticism — and their plans to fix things.
While Sanders claimed his health care proposal will raise taxes but cost Americans less in insurance payments and argued that all of his plans can be easily “fully paid for.” However, The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget pointed out, that wasn’t the case in 2016.
The organization estimated that when rounding up all of the proposals — such as Medicare for All and free college, among others — laid out by Sanders last election season, it would have added $19 trillion to the national debt, and increase spending and revenues to beyond historical levels.
“Based on his campaign’s own estimates, Senator Sanders would increase non-interest government spending by 38 percent over the next decade (or 33 percent including interest), paid for with significantly higher tax revenue,” the organization wrote in a report.
Additioanlly, as IJR Red previously reported, health care expert Seth Denson knocked Sanders’ 2020 healthcare plan for being too expensive, saying, “We would need to double the taxes just to even attempt to pay for this program.”
The expert also pointed out that roughly 3 million jobs would be eliminated due to this health care system
Harris’ criticism of Trump’s tax cuts came as she was asked how she would pay for her expensive proposals. She instead targetted the cuts, telling the panel she’d undo them if elected, as IJR Blue pointed out.
While Harris appears to be arguing that the tax cuts for businesses and people are adding to the national debt, she failed to acknowledge that they led to more money in Americans’ pockets and also neglected to lay out a plan for cutting any irresponsible government spending.
While the 2020 Democratic candidate argued working families were negatively impacted by the tax cuts, the American people are actually keeping more of their own paychecks. As IJR Red noted, in 2018, more Americans paid less to the IRS due to the fact that a majority of them saw tax cuts, keeping more in their own pockets.
Biden thinks Republican’s tax cuts have created a “horrible situation,” but as IJR Red previously pointed out, Trump’s tax cuts have benefited most Americans by lowering the cost paid per family. Additionally, it’s added more jobs, as well as it’s increased pay raises, benefits, and bonuses.
During the first night of debate, there were several times the 2020 Democratic hopefuls sought to downplay the booming economy under the Trump administration, as IJR Red reported.