“The right has a hard time understanding the concept that we don’t want ‘long lines for bread’ socialism, we want ‘you don’t have to win the lotto to afford brain surgery socialism,” the HBO host said.

His remarks prompted audience applause.

Clarifying, Maher further stressed that he was not calling for pure socialism but socialism as a supplement to capitalism, something he insisted in the right mix is “good.”

Maher then added that happiness in the US is dropping while “all the top countries on the [happiness] list are ones with some form of universal health care. All have free or almost free higher education.”