CNN’s chief political analyst was visibly irritated when Elizabeth Warren refused to answer the middle class tax question on Tuesday night after the CNN/New York Times debate.
Here’s the key exchange:
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? if there’s an equation here…”
Warren dodged the middle class tax question six times during and after the CNN/New York Times debate, as Americans for Tax Reform previously noted.
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.
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.