“I think right now people want to see improvements in our health care system. And that means strengthening the Affordable Care Act.”
The scramble to the top of the VP heap continued as the Biden camp tested party reaction to Amy Klobuchar. While the chances for a Kamala Harris or a Susan Rice may have increased with Biden’s recent “you ain’t black” comments, Elizabeth Warren has revisited an issue she never got right as she bids for the VP spot on the Democrat presidential ticket.
Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare-for-All tax plan is as credible as her claim to be Native American. https://t.co/qvcMUlt2R3
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) November 2, 2019
Warren often berated others in the overcrowded Democrat candidate clown car for not embracing “big bold” plans and vowing to abolish private health insurance.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 27, 2019
Warren infamously mused during one of the many many Democrat debates, “I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for . . . . I don’t get it.”
Apparently, she’s come around now since she’s happy to (yet again) change her view of Medicare for All if it increases her chances of being selected for the VP spot.
The progressive champion from Massachusetts — who made “Medicare-for-all” a key issue in her White House run before suspending her campaign in March — said earlier this week: “I think right now people want to see improvements in our health care system. And that means strengthening the Affordable Care Act. We should be doing that anyway. That should be easy. We should be doing it right now.”
. . . . Warren’s comments come as she’s considered very much in the running — among other contenders — to be Biden’s running mate, and many political pundits are reading her words as the latest public signal that she very much wants to be the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee, and wants Biden to view her as a candidate in synch with his governing philosophy.
Biden — who announced in March that he would name a woman as his running mate — has long said he wants to “pick someone who is simpatico with” him on the key issues.
As I so often ask, what is she thinking? The only possible appeal she could have to Biden as VP is her socialist/progressive cred, and while she burned a lot of bridges by failing to endorse Bernie (among other problems the radical far left has with her), she might still have attracted to Biden some of those voters who didn’t want to sit home or vote for Trump in protest.
Yet another squishy move away from Bernie’s full-on socialism is just going to remind Bernie voters why they dislike and distrust her.
David Sirota, editor-at-large of Jacobin, said on Hill.TV’s “Rising” Friday that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is shifting her view on Medicare for All in an effort to poise herself as an ideal running mate for former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Sirota’s comments come after Politico reported that Warren said at a University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics webinar that right now the government needs to be “strengthening the Affordable Care Act” (ACA) and “eventually” get to a single-payer system.
Warren was one of two progressive candidates in the crowded Democratic primary who were in favor of universal health care via the Medicare for All proposal.
“The [ACA] is about propping up the private health insurance industry, Medicare for All is about saying private health insurance companies should not be between you and your physician; those are fundamentally different visions,” Sirota said. “If your focus right now in the middle of a pandemic is first and foremost on the ACA and saying ‘Lets put Medicare for All on the back burner,’ you’re clearly making a pivot.”
In addition to her ever-changing stance on Medicare for All, Warren has also apparently decided that big money fundraisers are great again.
NEWS: Elizabeth Warren, who swore off private fundraisers during her presidential campaign, will hold a high-dollar fundraising event for Joe Biden on June 15 https://t.co/l5OUp0IxOC
— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) May 23, 2020
Warren will never appeal to the right, will always struggle with the center, and cannot deliver the radical left. Among her many problems, she’s also the senator from Massachusetts who came in third in her home state in the Democrat primary. Why on earth would Biden select her as his VP?
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