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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“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.”
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.