2020 Democratic Candidate Doubles Down on ‘Disaster’ Medicare for All Plan: It’s the ‘Truth’

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) isn’t backing down from his criticism of the “Medicare for All” plan backed by other 2020 Democrats.

Delaney received a lot of boos at the California Democrats State Convention earlier this week after he told the crowd that “Medicare for All may sound good, but it’s actually not good policy nor is it good politics,” as IJR Red previously pointed out.

In contrast to several other 2020 Democrats tossing their support behind the health care plan, Delaney wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday that it’s “political suicide for Democrats” to embrace it.

Following the backlash, the 2020 Democrat is holding firm on the belief that Medicare for All is not a good plan to support in 2020.

When asked if the party is shifting too far to the left, Delaney said that if the candidates are embracing policies such as Medicare for All, then “the answer is yes.”

“I believe Medicare for All, in the single-payer form, is bad policy and it’s bad politics,” Delaney said. He continued:

“And someone has to have the guts to step forward and say that because if we continue down this path and put forth a nominee who’s running on forcing 150 million Americans to change their health insurance and go to a new government plan, we know that’s not popular. […] They’re not going to like that. We’re not going to win any elections.”

Delaney labeled the Medicare for All plan a “disaster” and said that Democrats “should drop it.”

While Delaney said he believes health care “should be a right for every American,” he also noted that “someone had to step forward and tell the Democratic Party the truth.”

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The Medicare for All plan — proposed by fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — has come under fire from Republicans.

“You want to turn America into a socialist country, this is the first step,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) previously said.


  1. Senator Mitch McConnell. Medicare for all is not the first step. The first steps were taken way back in the 1930’s.

  2. A smart Democrat with a spine. Rare as hen’s teeth. That’s why he has no chance of being elected.

  3. The top and third donors to Mohn Delaney are, you guessed it right, the financial and health industry PACs.

    Don’t be confused. This is EXACTLY why some Democrats run by pledging not to take corporate PAC money, to show that they will work for the people that they represent and not for the big corporate donors. The same goes for presidential candidates.

    1. That game can be played many ways. Take AOC for example. She pledged to not take any money from PACs. That didn’t stop powerful PACs (one of which is Justice Democrats – AOC was a member of) and her own campaign committee from buying $900,000 worth of campaign services and consulting to help her win in 2016. There are so many ways to launder ‘dirty’ money into a campaign.

  4. Yep. A major component of the Saul Alinsky ,Rules for Radicals, that he wrote about to create a socialist country.
    First step, government takeover of health care. Saul started out as a financial consultant for the mob and ended up as the mentor for Hillary and Obama. I believe as a college student she did a major paper on him.
    Get the population dependent on the government in every way, and you have full control over them.
    NO THANKS!!!

  5. Apparently Delaney has a grasp of what Medicare for All would entail, therefore I’m sure he opposes the New Green Deal too. That is another inane plan which would annihilate our economy.

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