Bernie Sanders, Elon Musk, and the Twitter fight over a tax on billionaires

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Bernie Sanders, Elon Musk, and the Twitter fight over a tax on billionaires

Sen. Bernie Sanders accepts none of your hypocritical hot takes, Elon Musk.

Musk’s seeming inability to think before tweeting (or his desire for attention) bit him in the ass Friday night when he attempted a dunk on Sanders. The beefing started when Musk replied on Twitter to an article about a bill proposed by the Vermont senator that would create a one-time tax for the country’s billionaires to cover the out-of-pocket medical costs for millions of Americans for one year.

The Make Billionaires Pay Act (co-sponsored by Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass, and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY) would tax the wealth windfall increases accumulated by the 467 richest Americans from March 18 through Jan. 1, 2021. From February through May 2020, an estimated 5.4 million Americans lost their health insurance, according to an analysis done by nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer health advocacy organization Families USA. According to the bill, the money collected would “cover all necessary healthcare expenses of the uninsured and underinsured, including prescription drugs, for one year.” Read more…

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