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.”
Watch the video below:
Members of the crowd at the California Democratic Convention booed 2020 hopeful @JohnDelaney after he criticized Medicare For All.
— CNN (@CNN) June 8, 2019
The Medicare for All plan — proposed by fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — has come under fire from Republicans.