2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is knocking another Democratic contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for dodging questions on if she’d raise middle-class taxes to cover her health care plan.
Buttigieg penned an op-ed for The Washington Post published on Thursday where he explained that with his plan, he’d “achieve universal health care and a public alternative without raising taxes on the middle class.”
He continued to write:
“I’ve always said that anyone who lets the words ‘Medicare-for-all’ escape their lips should tell us just as plainly how they plan to get there. The only way we’ll rally Americans behind a reform that affects so much of our lives and our economy is if we’re honest and straightforward about the details. So I’ll be upfront: My plan will cost about $1.5 trillion over a decade, paid for by cost savings and corporate tax reform to ensure big corporations pay their fair share.”
While Buttigieg’s ‘Medicare for All Who Want It’ plan would cost roughly $1.5 trillion over 10 years, Warren’s health care plan, Medicare for All — also backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) and other contenders — has a bit heftier of a price tag of up to $32.6 trillion over a decade.
During Thursday’s CNN interview, the South Bend, Indiana mayor spoke about being upfront on the cost of his plan and how it’ll get paid for in comparison to Warren.
“Senator Warren is known for being straightforward and was extremely evasive when asked that question,” Buttigieg said, adding, “If you are proud of your plan and it’s the right plan, you should defend it in straightforward terms.”
“It’s puzzling when everybody knows the answer to that question of whether her plan and Senator Sanders’ plan will raise middle-class taxes is, ‘yes.’ Why wouldn’t you say so and then explain why you think that’s the better way forward? Our plan does not require raising middle-class taxes. It does create a way for everybody to be covered. […] People are used to Washington politicians not giving straight answers to simple questions but at a time like this on an issue this important, that’s exactly what we need.”
He later added about Medicare for All kicking millions of Americans off of their private insurance: “I just don’t think it’s a good idea to command Americans to adopt Medicare for All, whether they want it or not.”