Since the inception of the 2020 presidential election, a divide between Democrats’ stance on healthcare has maintained. The more progressive candidates of the party, such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, are all in favor of Medicare-for-All; their argument asserts that Medicare-for-All will ensure that every American gets the healthcare they need free of charge.
Other Democrats aren’t buying the story. Certain left-wing contenders, such as Joe Biden, have a different outlook. Democrats against Medicare-for-All largely favor bringing back Obamacare and expanding upon it.
Earlier today, 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg appeared on CNN and criticized Warren for evading an inquiry about Medicare-for-All and whether or not it will raise taxes for the middle class.
Reviewing Buttigieg’s Statements on Warren and Medicare-for-All
Medicare-for-All is set to cost trillions of dollars, if it somehow succeeds, makes it through Congress and gets a presidential signature. Democrats in favor of Medicare-for-All have argued that the costs of healthcare will decrease and that funding will come when the wealthy one-percent “pays their fair share.”
As a backer of Medicare-for-All, Warren has not directly come out and stated that the proposal will surge taxes for middle America. By contrast, Bernie Sanders maintains that while taxes may increase, Americans will still pay less for healthcare; this is a claim which individuals of various political affiliations feel differently about.
Nevertheless, Buttigieg shared his own thoughts on the matter. The 2020 hopeful censured Warren for “evading” questions; this occured before Buttigieg declared that Medicare-for-All will, in fact, increase taxes on the middle class.
In Buttigieg’s own words:
“Senator Warren is known for being straightforward, and was extremely evasive when asked that question, and we’ve seen that repeatedly. I think that if you are proud of your plan and it’s the right plan, you should defend it in straightforward terms.”
Mayor Pete Buttigieg says Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been “extremely evasive” about how she would pay for her “Medicare for All” plan.
Buttigieg says his newly released health care plan would not raise taxes on the middle class. “It does create a way for everybody to be covered.” pic.twitter.com/HLKaEZ9tTc
— CNN (@CNN) September 19, 2019
“And I think it’s puzzling that when everybody knows the answer to that question, of whether her plan and Senator Sanders’ plan will raise middle-class taxes is yes; why you wouldn’t just say so and then explain why you think that’s the better way forward.”
GOP Criticism of Left-Wing Healthcare Proposals
Both Medicare-for-All and talks of restoring Obamacare have generated immense backlash from conservatives.
The right-wing views Medicare-for-All as socialized healthcare which will hike taxes and decrease the quality of provided care; furthermore, conservatives don’t look too kindly upon Obamacare’s controversial individual mandate.
At this time, Elizabeth Warren has not publicly responded to Pete Buttigieg’s censure.