Nancy Pelosi stomps on ‘Medicare-for-All’ and surprised people have questions

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hammered a nail in the coffin of a “Medicare for All” plan, admitting that she is “not a fan” of the progressive proposal.

The California Democrat advocated, instead, for a “health care for all” plan as she spoke in an interview on Bloomberg’s “Balance of Power” Friday.

(Video: Bloomberg)

“I’m not a big fan of Medicare-for-All. I mean, I welcome the debate. I think that we should have health care for all,” Pelosi said.

“I think that the affordable care benefits is better than the Medicare benefit but we have invited advocates for it to testify in Congress … being respectful of the point of view,” she added.

Although she admitted that “Medicare-for-All” could help voter turnout liberal districts like her own, “that’s not what we need to in order to win the electoral college,” she said.

Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. have both backed government-sponsored, universal health care. Warren admitted during a New Hampshire Public Radio forum this week that her plan, estimated to cost an eye-popping $52 trillion, would lead to the loss of about 2 million jobs.

“But it is expensive,” Pelosi said of the “Medicare-for-All” plans.

“Who pays is very important and what are the benefits that come in there? So, I would think that hopefully, as we emerge into the election year, the mantra will be more ‘health care for all Americans’ because there is a comfort level that some people have with their current private insurance,” she said. “And if that is to be phased out, let’s talk about it, but let’s not just have one bill that would do that.”

She noted that House committees have already held hearings on the proposal but she seemed to still be protective of the Affordable Care Act, former President Obama’s signature legislation.

The Democratic leader also took a jab at the left-wing members of her party, telling Bloomberg “I’m a big markets person. Just ask the left of my party …They’re unhappy with me for not being a socialist or something.”

Twitter users reacted to Pelosi’s stand on the health care issue and wondered if members of her Caucus would take her advice.

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