Bernie Sanders: Of course some people are going to pay more in taxes."
WASHINGTON D.C. (Texas Insider Report) Political Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders who is running in the Democrat Primary made headlines during the second Democrat Presidential Debate in Miami last month for admitting he would have to raise taxes on middle-class Americans in order to pay for his Medicare-for-all plan.
Of course some people are going to pay more in taxes" said Sanders during the debate.
And during an NPR podcast interview the following Monday Sanders said taxes could rise by $10000 for American families.
Sanders also clarified during the debate that under his Medicare-For-All proposal people would lose their private health insurance.
Whether each Democrat presidential candidate endorses Medicare-For-All or favors keeping at least part of the nations health care system private the issue is emerging as a key factor in the opening salvos of the Democrat Primary race where contenders squabble.
In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election a line has been drawn between the far-left progressive Democrats who want to sweep health care under the arm of the U.S. government and those who want to keep it public.
One front-runner Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said she endorsed Sanders the Medicare-For-All proposal during the debate in Miami although shes previously dodged questions about whether she supports a single-payer system or not.
Health care is a basic human right and I will fight for basic human rights said Warren. Im with Bernie on Medicare-for-all" she said to raucous audience applause.
But Sen. Sanders (I-VT) has tried to draw distance between himself from Warren when it comes to health care painting himself as the true progressive on the issue.
Instead he suggests Warren might actually be hedging about her support of his Medicare-For-All idea.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) seemed to use the debate to take a swipe at Warren about health care.
There are lots of ways to get to universal health care.
My focus is on doing it quickly.
The American people are counting on us to deliver said Klobuchar the Minnesota Democrat who is billing herself as the pragmatic moderate thats willing to work across the aisle.
Klobuchar who has previously called Medicare-For-All an aspiration" has said shes not committed to overhauling private health insurance.
She further explained her stance during the debate calling a single-payer system a bold approach."
I am just simply concerned about kicking half of America off their health insurance in four years which is exactly what this bill says" Klobuchar said.
California Democrat Kamala Harris meanwhile backtracked the day after the debate saying she misunderstood the questions exact intent during the debate.
Sanders unveiled his updated Medicare-for-all bill in April which would expand coverage of the government-run program to all Americans not just those over the age of 65. He also pushed a similar proposal in 2017.
According to one estimate Sanders Medicare-For-All proposal would cost more than $32 trillion in the decade after it was implemented. Sanders campaign disputes such estimates.