Elizabeth Warren told a reporter that anyone making under one billion dollars will “not pay a penny more” in taxes after a campaign event on Saturday.
Here’s the key exchange:
CBS Reporter Zak Hudak: “Senator when you say that you won’t raise middle class taxes, what is the income bracket that you use to define middle class?”
Warren: “Here, it’s 100%. It doesn’t raise taxes on anybody but billionaires, and you know what? The billionaires can afford it and I don’t call them middle class. So, billionaire, that’s where it worked!”
Reporter: “Anyone under a billion dollars?”
Warren: “That’s right, not paying a penny more. That’s exactly right.”
In case there was any questions over what Warren actually meant, she made it crystal clear in another exchange with a Wall Street Journal reporter:
WSJ Reporter Josh Jame: “Is there a salary or income that you would define as middle class when you say ‘No middle class taxes?'”
Warren: “Sure, for Medicare for All, it’s a billion dollars … no increases in taxes for anyone except billionaires, period. Done.”
Joe Biden wasted no time as his campaign said that Warren “has been lowballing the cost” of her Medicare for All plan, calling middle class tax increases “inevitable.”
“Senator Warren has spent months dodging questions about how she’d need to raise taxes on the American middle class in order to pay for her single payer health care plan, and on Friday she confirmed why: because it would,” his campaign said.
Even Bernie Sanders, who “wrote the damn bill,” as he likes to say, admits that middle class taxes would go up under Medicare for All.
“Yeah, [we’d have to] raise taxes on the middle class,” Sanders told a CNN reporter after the July debate.
Warren has continuously dodged the middle class tax question, and tried to dodge it for a total of 28 times, as Americans for Tax Reform has documented.
As the Washington Post reported, Kenneth Thorpe, chairman of the health policy department at Emory University directly said that the plan will hit the middle class. “There’s no question it hits the middle class,” he said.