REPORT: ‘Medicare for all’ plan politically poisonous to key Senate Democrat races
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Senate Democrats, increasingly bullish on their 2020 chances, want no part of “Medicare for all” proposals being pushed by far-left populist presidential contenders.
Four recent polls show that a majority of Americans do not support the proposal, especially after finding out it would do away with their private health insurance.
The article goes on to state the following:
Originally championed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and co-sponsored by fellow Democratic presidential primary contenders Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Cory Booker of New Jersey, the “Medicare for all” legislation is seen as a loser proposal that could hurt down-ballot Democratic races in both chambers. Sanders, a socialist, appears to stand alone in his full-throated and enduring support of the policy.
But it’s a particularly sensitive area in the Senate, where Democrats are looking to end the Republicans’ 53-47 majority. That discomfort shows through in the reaction of Harris to questions about “Medicare for all,” having seemed to support it in response to a Democratic debate question, only to reverse course after.
“I don’t think it was any secret that I was not entirely comfortable — that’s an understatement,” Harris said at a recent stop in Iowa. “I finally was like, ‘I can’t make this circle fit into a square.’”
House Democratic leadership has steered clear of bringing a “Medicare for all” bill to the floor out of fear that it could hurt their members in swing districts and endanger their chances of keeping their majority in the chamber.
“I think it’s a losing message for 2020, and I think the Democratic presidential candidates have to realize that this is not a far-left country nor is it a far-right country,” New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a freshman lawmaker in a swing district, told reporters. “I think we’re all very vulnerable the further to the left some of the presidential candidates go.”
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois recently told the Washington Examiner that nominating a candidate such as Sanders or Warren could “jeopardize” the party’s chances to winning over independent moderate voters in the general election. And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York has yet to support the “Medicare for all” proposal.
In Colorado, where Republican Sen. Cory Gardner is seen as vulnerable by Democrats this election cycle, “Medicare for all” is not widely accepted by the party faithful. Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, another presidential primary candidate, has distanced himself from the proposal.
Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid excoriated the policy this week, telling Vice News it was politically unfeasible.
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