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The 1% Would Pay for Medicare-For-All, But So Would You

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The 1% Would Pay for Medicare-For-All, But So Would You

March 20, 2020

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Politicians often say taxing high earners and cutting defense can pay for a long list of new entitlements, like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal. But as the chart shows, even if we taxed all income above $1 million and cut defense from the budget, it would only produce 8% of GDP in revenue. Meanwhile, the progressive wish list will cost more than 25% of GDP. There is now way around it, creating expensive new entitlements means higher taxes on the middle class too. 

Brian Riedl is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Riedl.

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