Courtesy of The Hill:

The audience at a Fox News town hall erupted in cheers and applause when asked by moderator Bret Baier if they would support Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) “Medicare for All” proposal.

“I want to ask the audience a question here. … How many are willing to transition to what the senator says, a government-run system?” Baier asked before the crowd burst into cheers.

The question comes a week after Sanders introduced updated Medicare for All legislation in the Senate.

His proposed bill would largely eliminate private insurance and institute a single-payer system managed by the government.

The updated version would also include coverage for long-term care, such as nursing homes, which is not covered by Medicare currently. Home- and community-based care would also be covered.

I have to give Sanders a little credit here. 

Going on Fox News and getting that level of support for a policy that has been repeatedly vilified by the Right Wing media is no small thing. 

On this same note, we should also acknowledge that Sanders kept his word and released ten years of his tax returns. 

Courtesy of NYT:

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, disclosed 10 years of tax returns on Monday, providing a more detailed look at his finances than what he offered when he ran for the White House in 2016.

The returns show that Mr. Sanders’s earnings shot up after his first presidential bid, when he built up a vast national following. He and his wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, reported income that topped $1 million in 2016 and 2017, lifted by proceeds from his books.

The couple had an adjusted gross income of $561,293 in 2018, according to their most recent tax return. Mr. Sanders had about $393,000 in book income last year, and he and his wife reported giving nearly $19,000 to charity.

Their federal taxes came to $145,840, for an effective federal tax rate of 26 percent.

I have not changed my opinion that Sanders is the wrong candidate to represent the Democrats in 2020 (For one thing he is not a Democrat,) but I will give him credit for talking directly to the Fox News crowd and releasing his tax returns. 

I think Sanders provided some cover for Trump not releasing his tax returns and now that has been removed.