Bernie Sanders is betting that Democratic primary voters care more about bold programs than they do about the price tag.
In a presidential debate here Saturday night, Sanders scrapped with Hillary Clinton, who sought to come off as the pragmatic one who would never hike taxes on the middle class. Sanders, under pressure Saturday night and on Sunday morning talk shows, said his only middle class tax increase amounts to $1.61 per week for paid family leave.
But Sanders did not get specific on funding for his Medicare-for-all health care plan. He said the debate should not be about how much the government will pay, but how much consumers will save on balance.
It goes to the heart of the party's conflict heading into 2016.