2020 Democrat candidate Elizabeth Warren was blasted by her Democrat debate peers for failing to directly answer if her “Medicare for All” proposal would result in a tax hike for middle-class Americans.
Per CNBC “At least Bernie’s being honest here,” Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said at the fourth Democratic primary debate, referring to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ universal health care plan, which Warren said she supports. Sanders has acknowledged taxes would go up for the middle class under his proposal, and he did so again Tuesday.
Warren has promised that Medicare for All would raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans and lower costs for middle-class families.
“Costs will go up for the wealthy, for corporations,” she said at the debate. “But for middle-class families, it will go down.”
A moderator followed up: “You have not specified how you’re going to pay for the most expensive plan, Medicare for All. Will you raise taxes on the middle class to pay for it? Yes or no?”
Warren again avoided a direct answer to that question, prompting a sharp response from South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
“I don’t think the American people are wrong when they say what they want is a choice,” said Buttigieg, who has put forward a plan that retains private insurers, which he labels “Medicare for All who want it.”
Buttigieg added: “I don’t understand why you believe the only way to deliver coverage for everybody is to obliterate private plans.”
Klobuchar, too, noted that Sanders has been clear that middle-class taxes will go up under Medicare for All, though he maintains that overall costs will go down.
“The difference between a plan and a pipe dream is whether it can actually get done,” Klobuchar said. The Minnesota senator supports revamping the Affordable Care Act, which passed under President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who is now a front-runner in the 2020 race.
Tonight’s debate was far from the first time Warren dodged the middle class tax question.
Americans for Tax Reform today released a video compilation of the 17 times Elizabeth Warren has dodged the middle class tax question.
This article was written by the staff of TheConservativeOpinion.com