Published on October 17, 2015

There’s a reason why Americans don’t want to elect a socialist – because socialism never works. Bill Maher grills Bernie Sanders and it’s epic.

It’s not often late night television makes headlines, but last Bill Maher certainly did. The namesake of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” hosted Democratic presidential candidate and confessed socialist, Bernie Sanders. Most expected a friendly interview, but the outspoken Maher surprised everyone when he pushed the Vermont Senator on how the country could afford key planks of his platform.

“Do the American people agree that public colleges and universities should be tuition-free, as they are in many other countries? Do the American people agree that the largest corporations and the wealthiest people, who today are doing phenomenally well while the middle-class shrinks, do people believe they should have to pay more in taxes? The American people say yes.”

But Maher didn’t swallow that pill. In what must have shocked his liberal viewers, Maher challenged Sanders, asserting there was no way to pay for his utopia, even if they were to tax the rich.

“The tax revenue that we would get just from taxing the people who I think your fans think you’re talking about, the people who own a yacht, does not come close to covering what you want to pay for,” said Maher.

“Not true. Not true,” a clearly-thrown Sanders fired back. “What I’m saying is there have been articles out there that have been really unfair and wrong. For example, what they are suggesting is that if we move to a Medicare-for-all single-payer program, which guarantees healthcare to all people, it would cost a lot of money. That’s true. But what they forget to tell you is it would be much more cost-effective than this dysfunctional system we have right now, which is the most expensive per capita on earth.”

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