When it comes to Medicare for All, some Democrats took aim at their own during Tuesday’s second 2020 Democratic debate.
2020 Democratic hopefuls Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) defended the Medicare for All proposal during the debate, which Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel weighed in on.
“Well, she was dishonest tonight,” McDaniel blasted Warren on the health care proposal. “First of all, that it would be a tax cut on the middle-class, which it absolutely would be.” The RNC chairwoman also noted the hefty price tag of $32.6 trillion over the first 10 years.
When asked, “Would you raise taxes on the middle class to pay for Medicare for All — offset, obviously, by the elimination of insurance premiums — yes or no?” during the debate, Warren answered, “Costs will go up for billionaires and go up for corporations. For middle-class families, costs — total costs — will go down.”
McDaniel continued with her criticism:
“I do not want Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren telling me what doctor I can go to, what medical procedures I get to have. I don’t want Washington making those decisions. […] And she is absolutely being dishonest when she’s saying Democrats are not taking something away. They absolutely are proposing taking away your private health insurance plans. And I do not think the majority of Americans want that.”
Watch McDaniel’s interview below:
Warren and Sanders had to defend themselves and their Medicare for All healthcare plan, as a few of their Democratic rivals came out swinging at the proposal.
Sanders labeled the criticism toward the healthcare plan “wrong” and continued to defend his plan.
“Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” Sanders said. “I believe that. I will fight for that.”
“We can create a universal health care system to give everyone basic health care for free, and I have a proposal to do it, but we don’t have to go around and be the party of subtraction and telling half the country who has private health insurance that their health insurance is illegal. […] It’s bad policy to underfund the industry, many hospitals will close and it’s bad policy.”
“But why do we have to be the party of taking something away from people?” Delaney later asked.
Delaney slammed Sanders and Warren for “running on telling half the country that your health insurance is illegal.”
“We don’t have to do that. We can give everyone health care and allow people to have choice,” he added. “That’s the American way.”
Warren, however, didn’t let up, as she responded to Delaney’s criticism:
“We are the Democrats. We are not about trying to take away health care from anyone. That’s what the Republicans are trying to do.”
Rep. Tim Ryan (R-Ohio) also questioned his 2020 Democratic rival Sanders on Medicare for All covering “all health care needs,” saying, “You don’t know that.” Sanders pushed back, responding, “I do know it. I wrote the damn bill!”
Ryan also declared that Sanders “does not know all of the union contracts in the United States.”
After the debate, Ryan told Fox News that he believes taking private health insurance away is a “mistake.” He doubled down on Sanders: “You can say what’s in your bill, but you can’t say what’s in the union contract, and whether or not it’s good or not.”
“I think it’s wrong, I think it’s wrong for the unions,” Ryan added.