The Sanders $15 Hourly Wage Only Ensures the Working Poor STAY Poor

Interesting that Lent is upon us. I forced myself to watch about an hour’s worth of the Jack-Ass Party debate in South Carolina. That alone must clear me of at least a couple of centuries off my time in Purgatory.

Nonetheless, Comrade Sanders sure does make a lot of noise regarding his promised $15 an hour federal minimum wage.

Maybe someone said something on TV… maybe all the tumblers were lined up properly in my noggin, but I distinctly remember Bolshevik Bernie droning on about $29,000 and alleged “free” health coverage.

I also remember Sanders promised upping the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, which is clearly noted on the official Bernie Sanders campaign website.

So let’s do the math;

  • Anyone who works 37.18 hours per week X $15 an hour = $557.70 of pay per week.
  • $557.7 of pay per week X 52 weeks per year = $29,000.40 per year.

But on another of the official Sanders for president websites, the magic and maximum amount a person can make to qualify for “free” health care is any amount up to $29,000 a year.

  • Creating a 4 percent income-based premium paid by employees, exempting the first $29,000 in income for a family of four.

Hmmm… so if any given individual is only wage earner for his family of four, and also happens to work 37.18 hours per week (which is $29,000.40 a year), his “free” health coverage costs him four percent over his first $29,000 of his income. But just for the heck of it, let’s say mom also works 37.18 hours per week at $15 an hour.

Four percent of $29,000.40 means mom and dad must pay $1160.02 a year for their “free” coverage. Remember, even if mom and dad just so happen to have a sweet healthcare plan at work, Sanders kills all private health insurance.

In other words, this hypothetical family pays $96.67 a month for their “free” healthcare costs. Shitty health care, at that.

One other thing, Sanders attempts to paint his insurance scheme as cheaper than what folks pay now. Sadly for Bernie, he uses the worst case scenario. He ignores that many workers have some pretty sweet coverage through their unions, etc.

But Sanders will make all private insurance illegal. We all will now have the health coverage that most in Britain, Germany and Sweden have.

And it’s a fact that waiting upwards of eight months to finally have scheduled chemo in Britain simply isn’t all that rare. By then, it’s too late. The cancer has metastasized.

That’s the alleged “free” healthcare Bernie wants for everyone.