Elizabeth Warren dodged the private healthcare question three times during an interview this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Here’s the key exchange:
Willie Geist: “When you explained your Medicare for All plan at first, though, some people went ‘wow, $20.5 trillion in new spending’ and then later you sort of morphed and said well, we’ll introduce this over time. This isn’t something that’s going to happen overnight perhaps because of some of the reaction you got to it. Do you recognize that your plan to eliminate private health insurance may offend some voters and may be responsible for some of the slip in your polling?”
Geist: “Just gotta follow up with one more question, which is, a lot of people hear that and they say, ‘yeah, there are too many people in this country who don’t have health insurance or who at least don’t have good health insurance, we gotta get it to them,” but there are also many people who have private health insurance who would lose it under your plan and are like ‘wait a minute. Why can’t the public be an option. Why can’t that be an option instead of a mandate. In other words, the Pete Buttigieg/Joe Biden plan, which is to say Medicare for All who want it. Yes, cover all those people, but don’t force me into that plan.”
Geist: “So those people could hop into your plan, but why couldn’t the people who enjoy their private plan keep it is the question.”
This isn’t the first time Warren has been caught dodging the question, either.
In an interview with Bloomberg’s Joe Weisenthal in January 2019, she didn’t give a straight answer to the seemingly simple question.
Weisenthal: “But right now, your vision for Medicare for all, would it all be a public option, or would it also include private insurance.”
Warren: “So right now, there are multiple bills on the floor in the United States Senate. I’ve signed onto Medicare for All. I’ve signed on to another one that gives an option for buying in to Medicaid. There are different ways we can get there. But the key has to be always keep the center of the bullseye in mind. And that is affordable health care for every American.”
According to Politico, Warren did back a Medicare for All plan which eliminated private insurance. Recently, though, Warren has backed off of her original Medicare for All plan.
Among the many issues with Warren’s plan is that it would substantially raise taxes on the middle class by repealing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
If Warren repealed the Trump Republican tax cuts:
-A family of four earning the median income of $73,000 would be stuck paying $2,000 more in taxes each and every year.
-A single parent with one child making $41,000 would pay $1,300 more in taxes each and every year.