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On Tuesday, Sen. Sherrod Brown—a notable leftist who has said he supports a single-payer health care system in theory—said in a CNN story that “it’s a terrible mistake if the Democratic nominee would publicly support ‘Medicare for All.’” On Tuesday evening, two of the party’s leading contenders for that nomination, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, redoubled their commitment to such a policy, with Warren drawing fire from all sides about her lack of detail surrounding the issue.
As she had in previous debates, Warren refused to get into specifics about how she would pay for the single-payer plan that Sanders has introduced as legislation, and which Warren has endorsed. Sanders has previously admitted that taxes on the middle class would go up under his plan.
Tuesday - Evening - Taxes - Middle-class - Families
He reiterated again on Tuesday evening that “it is appropriate to acknowledge that taxes will go up,” even though he claims middle-class families will benefit on net from the elimination of deductibles, co-payments, and other cost-sharing. A 2016 analysis of an earlier version of Sanders’ plan came to a different conclusion, claiming that 71 percent of households would pay more for a single-payer plan funded by tax increases.
Warren would not admit that taxes on the middle class would go up under single payer. She claimed that costs for the middle class would go down on net under her plan, and that she would not sign any legislation that raised costs on the middle class.
Promise - Questions
However, even this supposed promise raised additional questions:
Who qualifies as middle class in Warren’s estimation? A family making under $50,000, a family making under $250,000, or somewhere in between?
Does - Warren - Promise - Mean - Families
Does Warren’s promise mean that no middle-class families will see their costs go up on net? If so, that seems like an impossibly high bar to clear, as virtually every major law creates both winners...
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