The Hill – Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is coming under increasing pressure from her 2020 rivals to spell out how she’d pay for her “Medicare for All” proposal.
The pressure comes as Warren builds momentum in the presidential primary race and suggests she is likely to come under a harsher spotlight as other candidates seek to compete with her for the 2020 Democratic nomination.
Warren has been asked several times whether taxes would have to go up on the middle class to pay for her universal health care plan, most notably at the debate earlier this month in Houston.
She has consistently avoided giving a yes or no answer, saying instead that middle-class families’ overall health costs would decline but without specifying whether their taxes would increase.
Other Democrats are now accusing her of being less than candid or even dishonest about the consequences Medicare for All, an issue that has split the 2020 Democratic presidential field …
In a sign of how broadly the issue is being scrutinized, “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert confronted Warren directly about taxes and Medicare for All last week, effectively calling her out for dodging on the issue.
“How are you going to pay for it?” Colbert asked. “Are you going to be raising the middle-class taxes?”
Warren responded by saying that “costs are going to go up for the wealthiest Americans, for big corporations … and hard-working middle class families are going to see their costs going down.”
“But will their taxes go up?” Colbert asked again.
“But here’s the thing,” Warren responded.
Colbert interrupted her.
“But here’s the thing,” he said. “I’ve listened to these answers a few times before and I just want to make a parallel suggestion to you that you might defend the taxes perhaps that you’re not mentioning in your sentence.”
Warren supports the bill authored by Sanders that eliminates private insurers, but that would also eliminate deductibles and copays … Read more.