Warren Gets Pressed by Colbert as She Dodges on If She’d Raise Taxes for the Middle Class

2020 Democratic hopeful Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is continuing to side-step as she was pressed by late-night show host Stephen Colbert on whether she’d raise taxes on the middle class to cover the cost of Medicare for All.

Appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday evening, Colbert touched on the Medicare for All health care proposal and her refusal to answer on how to she’d pay for it — which has the price tag of up to $32.6 trillion in the first 10 years — during previous debates.

“How are you going to pay for it?” the host asked, “Are you going to raise the middle-class taxes?”

“So here’s how we’re going to do this,” Warren responded, adding, “Costs are going to go up for the wealthiest Americans, for big corporations—”

Colbert clarified if taxes is what she means when she says “costs,” in which she “yes” and that “hardworking middle-class family are going to see their cost goes down.”

Colbert didn’t let up, as he continued to press the senator for an answer on taxes:

COLBERT: But will their taxes go up?

WARREN: Here’s the thing—

COLBERT: But here’s the thing. I’ve listened to these answers a few times before, and I just want to make a parallel suggestion for you about how you might defend the taxes that, perhaps, you’re not mentioning in your sentence. Is that isn’t Medicare for All like public school? There might be taxes for it, but you certainly save money on sending your kids to school, and do you want to live in a world where your kids aren’t educated? Do you want to live in a world where your fellow citizens are dying even if it will cost a little bit of money?

Warren answered that accepts and believes Colbert’s point but then went on to talk about the current health care system rather than answer the straightforward question.

“What every study shows is that Medicare for All is the cheapest way to do that, and it’s the way to make sure that those who have more will pay more, but that hardworking families will pay less,” she later added.

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Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have had to defend their progressive policies during the Democratic primary debates.

“I get a little bit tired of Democrats afraid of big ideas,” Sanders said during the second debate. “Republicans are not afraid of big ideas.”

During the latest debate on September 12 in Houston, Texas, the two came under fire from former Vice President Joe Biden over their health care policy.

Noting that his plan for the Affordable Care Act “costs a lot,” Biden said during the third debate, “But it doesn’t cost $30 trillion.”

He added: “That’s twice the entire federal budget before it exists now. How will we pay for it? I want to hear. [Warren] has not said how she’ll pay for it, and [Sanders] only gets about halfway there. I lay out how I can pay for it and how I can get it done and why it’s better.”

“We make sure everyone gets covered at the lowest possible cost,” Warren responded at the time. “We pay for it from those at the top, the richest and biggest corporations will pay more and middle-class families will pay less.”

Biden is currently the front-runner in the 2020 Democratic primaries, with Warren then Sanders trailing in the second and third spots.

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James
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Was Chief Spreading BS on “Dancing with the Stars? Sure seems like she’s an expert in dancing around questions being asked for straight Yes or No answers.

Of course taxes will go UP. That’s a given. Socialists will TAKE our money until WE run out. Then, WE become wards of the Government. Socialism 101.

Joey
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Joey

Warren isn’t saying it but our taxes would triple. Medicare for all will be a name only it will mean healthcare for none.

randall
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randall

So as Seniors on Medicare we pay $ 140 per month for Medicare…What is IT saying(would say she but wouldn’t want to offend her possible binaryism)
Will ALL middle class pay $ 140 per month per person…A family of 5 would pay $ 700 a month ?
Not that I’m interested in this Con Game… but what kind of $$$ is this Dim talking about..
Money Extraction is what Gub’mnt does as Gub’mnt makes NO MONEY !

James
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It’s interesting there are a couple anti-America, anti-common sense Socialists who frequent the IJR site and should be expected to mount their pitch for Medicare for Everybody, the Green Nutty Deal, the end of fossil fuel and impeach Trump for a yet to be manufactured excuse.. Fortunately, they are a very slim minority of non-thinking individuals who are actually Hell-bent on destroying America and the World economy in addition to wanting to put millions and millions of people out of work.

#Socialists-R-Nuts.

Sherri
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The will tax this nation into a 3rd world nation. That is actually the goal. If a person votes for any of these communists they vote for self destruction.

Cherl
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Stopped paying any attention to Colbert years ago but watching this excerpt today was fun. Colbert is getting edgy……just once. He must be for Biden. Better be careful. He’ll lose his viewers.

Don Snyder
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Really, Cobert being a hard hitting journalist? He’s about as liberal as they get. And to see that he’s disappointed in the current Democratic crop speaks volumes. This man can’t go 5 seconds on his show without disrespecting our President. Interesting he’s not thrilled about the Democratic side.

RODNEY ORR
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RODNEY ORR

Do anyone of these so called people know anything about Medicare???????? I for one am on Medicare!!!!!! I get a 226 page book every year, telling me what Medicare does not take care of!!!!!! I have paid into it all the years that I worked!!!!! I am now retired medically and am on SSI, and still paying into it!!!!!! I pay 143 and change every month, and get nothing in return!!!!!! So what would be my fair share of Medicare for all payment, so an illegal CAN GET CARE???????

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