How Many Times Has Elizabeth Warren Dodged the Middle Class Tax Question?

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Posted by Adam Sabes on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, 9:49 AM PERMALINK

Elizabeth Warren has now dodged the middle class tax question 26 times.

1. June 29, 2019: During a campaign event, Warren dodged a question from a reporter asking if taxes will go up for the middle class under her Medicare for All plan.

Reporter: "Your healthcare proposal, how much will the average middle classvoter pay in taxes?"

Warren: dodge

2.  July 30, 2019: During the CNN Democratic debate, Elizabeth Warren dodged the middle class tax question.

Jake Tapper: “At the last debate, you said you were ‘with Bernie on Medicare for All.’ Senator Sanders has said ‘people in the middle class will pay more in taxes to help pay for Medicare for All,’ though that will be offset by the elimination of insurance premiums and other costs. Are you also ‘with Bernie on Medicare for All’ when it comes to raising taxes on middle-class Americans to pay for it.”

Elizabeth Warren: dodge

3. July 30, 2019: Elizabeth Warren dodged the middle class tax question again during the CNN Democratic debate.

Tapper: “15 extra seconds, would you raise taxes on the middle class to pay for Medicare for all offset obviously, by the elimination of insurance premiums, yes or no"

Warren: dodge

4. July 30, 2019: During an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Warren dodged four questions about wheather middle class taxes will go up.

Chris Matthews: "Your pay won't go up. You dodged that tonight. Jake Tapper kept saying how much are your taxes going to go up.”

Elizabeth Warren: dodge

Matthews: "No, no, no, different question. How much will your taxes go up?"

Warren: dodge

Matthews: "Will you pay more in taxes?"

Warren: dodge

Matthews: "Will your taxes go up?"

Warren: dodge

7.  September 12, 2019: Elizabeth Warren dodged the middle class tax question during the ABC Democratic debate.

George Stephanopoulos: “Senator Warren, let me take that to you, particularly on what Senator Biden was saying there about health care. He's praised Bernie Sanders about being candid, says that Senator Sanders has been candid about the fact that middle class taxes are going to go up and most of private insurance is going to be eliminated. Will you make that same admission?” 

Warren: dodge

8.  September 12, 2019: Elizabeth Warren dodged the question again when pressed if middle class taxes would go up under her plan.

Stephanopoulos: “Direct question. You said middle class families are going to pay less. But will middle class taxes go up to for pay for the program? I know you believe the deductibles and premiums go down.” 

Warren: dodge

9.  September 12, 2019: Elizabeth Warren dodged the middle class tax question after being asked after the debate on ABC.

Reporter: "But, just, when you were talking about Medicare for All, the Vice President pressed you on how you were going to pay for this and if you were going to have to tax the middle class to cover Medicare for All. What is the answer to that question? How do we pay for Medicare for All?"

Warren: dodge

10.  September 12, 2019: Elizabeth Warren dodged the middle class tax question after the debate during an interview with CBS.

Reporter: "Are taxes going to go up?"

Warren: dodge

11. September 17, 2019: Elizabeth Warren dodged the middle class tax question two times during an interview with Stephen Colbert.

Stephen Colbert: "You keep being asked in the debates 'How are you going to pay for it? Are you going to raise the middle class taxes?' How are you going to pay for it? Are you going to raise the middle class taxes?"

Elizabeth Warren: dodge

Colbert: "But will their taxes go up?"

Warren: dodge

Colbert: "No, but here's the thing. I've listened to these answers a few times before, and I just want to make a parallel suggestion for you about how you might defend the taxes that perhaps you're not mentioning."

13. September 22, 2019: Responding to Joe Biden attacking Warren for having to raise taxes to pay for her Medicare for All plan, Warren dodged the question when asked by a CNN reporter.

14.  September 26, 2019: Elizabeth Warren dodged the middle class tax question three times in an interview with NBC.

NBC Reporter: “One of the things that a few of your opponents were talking about late last week really, was this idea of middle class taxes and healthcare. So yes or no, should middle class Americans expect their taxes to go up under a Medicare for All system?”

Warren: dodge

NBC Reporter: “But that’s not the same as taxes not going up.”

Warren: dodge

NBC Reporter: “So do you think then that Americans are willing to pay a little bit more in taxes if in generally the household costs are going down on healthcare?”

Warren: dodge

17. September 27: Warren dodged a question from a reporter about how she'd pay for her Medicare for All plan.

Reporter: "You said you don't want to tax anybody, and if you don't want to...."

Warren: dodge

18.  October 4, 2019: While taking questions from reporters at a union conference, Warren again dodged the middle class tax question.

Reporter: “Will your healthcare plan raise taxes on the middle class?”

Warren: dodge

19. October 15, 2019: Elizabeth Warren dodged the middle class tax question twice during the CNN/New York Times Democratic debate.

Reporter: "Will you raise taxes on the middle class to pay for, it yes or no?"

Warren: dodge

Reporter: "To be clear,  Senator Sanders acknowledges he will raise taxes to pay for Medicare for all, will you acknowledge it too?"

Warren: dodge

21. October 15, 2019: Elizabeth Warren dodged the middle class tax question an additional five times after the CNN/New York Times debate.

MSNBC's Chris Hayes: "I get that you do not recognize some metaphysical distinction between the part of your paycheck that comes out for the premium, the part that comes out for payroll taxes. Doesn't matter. It's still coming out of the paycheck, cost is what matters. That said, anytime I watch a politician say the same thing four times in a row, I feel like some ball is being hidden from me. Right? Like, do you understand. Is the idea that you don't want to give a line for an attack ad?"

Warren: dodge

John King: "But isn't it a fact that the Bernie Sanders Medicare for all plan which as of this moment you are on board with right? It says quite specifically middle class taxes will go up. Correct?"

Warren: dodge

King: "If middle class taxes and your Medicare for all plan went up? Well, they say during the campaign, why was she trying to be cute? Why wouldn't you just say it and then make the argument as Senator Sanders does, but you need to trust me here. Overall, when you take away private insurance, your co-pays your other costs. Your overall costs will go down. But yes, your taxes might go up some."

Warren: dodge

Gloria Borger: “But can you guarantee that what people might save on the cost of their health insurance would be more than what they might have to pay in additional taxes?”

Elizabeth Warren: dodge

Borger: "But what about the tax part of it? I mean, it fares an equation here."

Warren: dodge

26. October 18, 2019: Elizabeth Warren dodged the middle class tax question again after a town hall in Norfolk, Virginia.

Reporter: “Sen. Warren, I’m from Canada and we have some experience with medicare in our country. Your critics say that you are not telling the truth about what it would cost, the high cost, and that taxing the top 1 percent won’t pay for it. What do you say?”

Warren: dodge

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