Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is seeing an increase in pressure regarding exactly how she plans to pay for her “Medicare for All” proposal. Ironically, the squeeze is coming from her 2020 peers who want to stand in contrast with the Senator and her “free stuff” campaign. This, as she attempts to distance herself from Sen. Bernie Sanders by declaring herself a “capitalist” who “believe[s] in markets.”
As her support continues to increase — likely helped along by Biden’s inability to stay gaffe-free for longer than 24 hours — Warren and her campaign are expected to be held to a higher standard. This means that her Senate history and policy proposals will likely be held under a microscope, with people wanting more answers than they had expected at the beginning of her Presidential run. It’s unclear whether the mainstream media will bother to cover her own gaffe, such as supporting a segregationist.
Late-night talk show host and comedian Stephen Colbert recently grilled Warren on her support of Medicare for All, asking her point-blank if taxes on the middle class are going to be raised in order to afford her plan. Naturally, she was unable to honestly answer the question, choosing instead to waffle in her response. It was so bad, in fact, that the liberal host offered her pointers on how to deal with the question in the future, as BizPac Review reported.
“You keep being asked in the debates, how are you going to pay for it? Are you going to raise the middle-class taxes?” Colbert asked.
“Right,” Warren affirmed.
“How are you going to pay for it?” Colbert asked. “Are you going to raise the middle-class taxes?”
The Senator gave a total non-answer about “costs” which prompted Colbert to vent his frustrations at the side-step.
“Here’s the thing. 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, you’re not mentioning in your sentence,” the usually-leftist comedian said.
Colbert then seemed to give the senator pointers on how to sell her point better.
“Isn’t Medicare-for-All like public school? There might be taxes for it, but you save money sending your kids to school, and do you want to live in a world where your kids aren’t educated? Do you want to live in a world where your fellow Americans are dying?” he said.
Biden’s effort to prevent Warren from encroaching on his territory has prompted him to criticize her inability to honestly answer whether middle-class Americans will see a tax increase to fund a Medicare for All plan, which he opposes. To this end, he has praised Sanders, who he says has been more honest regarding how the proposal would be funded.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has also taken Warren to task on the issue. “I think that if you are proud of your plan and it’s the right plan, you should defend it in straightforward terms,” he stated candidly in a CNN interview. “And I think it’s puzzling that when everybody knows the answer to that question, of whether her plan and Sen. Sanders’s 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.”
President Donald Trump has even entered the fray, with campaign spokeswoman Erin Perrine noting that Warren’s inability to answer honestly means “yes.”
“If a Democrat refuses to answer a question about whether they will raise taxes you know it’s because the answer is “yes,'” she said. “Elizabeth Warren’s government takeover of health care eliminates private health insurance and gives free health care to illegal immigrants paid for by hardworking Americans.”
Whether Warren will receive the 2020 nomination remains to be seen, but it is clear that she’s going to have a long road ahead of her.
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