Democratic Hopeful Pete Buttigieg Takes a Dig at Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Sunday, 22 Sep, 2019

Mayor Pete Buttigieg says Sen.

Senator Elizabeth Warren refuses to acknowledge that her Medicare-for-All plan will require a middle-class tax increase. Why not say taxes will go up but total costs should go down when you factor in everything, and that it's about the common good?

Calling the plan "Medicare-for-all who want it", Buttigieg said he'd balance the hefty price tag with "cost savings and corporate tax reform to ensure big corporations pay their fair share" in an op-ed in The Washington Post.

Warren tried to shift the focus when asked about funding Medicare-for-all at the Democratic debate on September 12, as she did in her exchange with Colbert. But she absolutely, positively refuses to admit that taxes will go up, dodging the question clumsily every time she's asked.

Warren outlined her concerns that Americans often go broke over bad medical diagnoses, high premiums, co-pays, and insurance practices such as not covering certain doctors, specialists, treatments, and prescriptions.

"Hard-working middle-class families are going to see their costs go down", Warren told Colbert.

"So, right here's how we're going to bear that", Warren spoke back. "Costs are going to go up for the wealthiest Americans, for big corporations", Warren replied.

"But will their taxes go up?"

"Here's the thing", Warren said before getting cut off by Colbert.

Colbert: Here's the thing. The October 10 event will be hosted by CNN and the Human Rights Campaign.

Look, I understand people are afraid to give up the health insurance they have for something unknown and unprecedented, which is one reason why we've chosen the very familiar Medicare program as our model. "Everyone gets covered", the awkward beer drinker added. "I'm with Bernie", Warren has said a couple of times in recent months when asked about her vision for the American health care system. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., into second place among the huge field of Democratic hopefuls.

He contrasted his plan with Medicare-for-all as supported by Democratic Sens.

"Isn't "Medicare for All" like public school?" asked Colbert. He proposes tightening restrictions on association health care plans and expanding cost-sharing reduction payments.