House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing against her own party when it comes to “Medicare for all.”
During an interview with Bloomberg, Pelosi said she was “not a fan of Medicare for All” due to its $53 trillion price tag. Instead, the California Democrat said her party should push for “health care for all.”
“I’m not a big fan of Medicare for All,” she said via Bloomberg. “I welcome the debate. I think that we should have health care for all. I think the affordable care benefit is better than the Medicare benefit.”
“Hopefully as we emerge into the election year, the mantra will be more health care for all Americans,” Pelosi continued. “Because there is a comfort level that some people have with their current private insurance that they have, 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.”
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Pelosi’s comments come shortly after Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren releasing their own “Medicare for all” plans.
Warren shared her plan on Friday with a hefty $53 trillion price tag over the next decade, which included $20.5 trillion in new federal spending. The Massachusetts Senator theorized in the plan that she had various avenues to find money available to foot the bill.
As Bloomberg reports, other candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg have pitched their own healthcare plans which include public options.
Siding with Biden and others, Pelosi said her personal preference was to build upon Obamacare, the healthcare plan she helped get signed into law. From Bloomberg:
Pelosi made clear that her own preference is to improve on the Affordable Care Act, which has expanded health coverage for tens of millions of Americans through an expansion of Medicaid for the poor and private insurance that is sold through consumer exchanges.
By not backing Medicare for All, she’s siding with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, who is trying to win control of the Senate by picking up GOP-held seats in states like Maine, Arizona and Colorado.