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New analysis finds Sanders's plans would add $19 trillion to debt

New analysis finds Sanders's plans would add $19 trillion to debt
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The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) says the proposals of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Bernie Sanders' age should not disqualify him in 2020 Small-dollar donations explode in the Trump era MORE would add $19 trillion to the debt — an increase from its previous estimate.

In an analysis published in April, the CRFB estimated that the Independent senator's proposals would add $2 trillion to $15 trillion to the debt, depending on the cost of Sanders's single-payer healthcare plan. Since then, two new independent analyses have found that the healthcare plan "would cost dramatically more than the campaign-provided estimates suggest," the CRFB said Thursday in its updated analysis.

"As a result, we no longer provide a 'low health cost' estimate based on the numbers cited by the Sanders campaign," the group said.

The CRFB found that Sanders would increase spending and revenue "to far beyond any previous levels in the United States over the last half century."

Sanders's initiatives would cause debt to rise from 86 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2026 under current law to 154 percent of GDP by 2026, the group said.

The Sanders campaign has estimated that the candidate's proposals are fully paid for and would lower deficits by $2.8 trillion over 10 years.

But the CRFB found through its analysis of estimates from independent sources that in most cases, Sanders's tax proposals would not raise enough revenue to offset costs.

The one exception is with his plan to expand Social Security, where the CRFB found that the campaign is overestimating costs and underestimating revenue.

The CRFB has estimated that Sanders's opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat Katy Perry praises Taylor Swift for diving into politics Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue MORE, would not signficantly increase current debt levels. The group estimated that likely Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE would increase the debt by about $12 trillion over a decade.