Elizabeth Warren dodged the middle class tax question again after a town hall in Norfolk, Virginia on Friday.
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: “I say that I have made my principles on this clear. And that is wealthy people and big corporations will see their costs go up. And that hard working middle class families are going to see their costs go down.”
This is the 24th time that Warren has dodged the middle class tax question. During last week’s Democratic debate, Warren dodged the question six times.
Warren is avoiding the reality that middle-class Americans would have to pay more in taxes — as Bernie Sanders notes is necessary — to fund “Medicare for All.”
“Yeah, [we’d have to] raise taxes on the middle class,” Sanders told a CNN reporter after the July debate.
Last week, ATR released a compilation video of the 17 times that Warren has dodged the question.
Warren repeatedly dodged the question in September during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. An exasperated Colbert tried to offer advice about the “taxes that perhaps you’re not mentioning.”
In July, Warren got into a heated exchange with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews while refusing to answer Matthews’ question on middle class tax hikes. She also dodged the question during the CNN and ABC debates.
In POLITICO Jeff Greenfield noted that Warren could be holding back an admission that Medicare for All will lead to higher taxes for the middle-class because she is worried about losing voters.
This leaves an obvious question that will follow her through the campaign: “Bernie Sanders is frank enough to acknowledge the obvious, and then explain it. Why won’t you?” The answer may be as simple as: If you say you will raise middle class taxes, an unmeasurable but likely significant number of voters simply will not bother to wait for the rest of your explanation.
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.
As ATR noted earlier, Medicare for All would require anywhere from $32 trillion and $36 trillion in higher taxes over the course of the next decade.