So Elizabeth Warren, she of the many “I’ve got a plan for that” memes, is all in on Medicare for All, leading to consternation among her competitors and incredulity among her detractors. Or is she? She’s not abandoning the plan, but the latest version of it wouldn’t see M4A becoming a reality until well into her first term as president. Does this mean that she’s hedging? Perish the thought! She’s just being, you know… cautious.
Elizabeth Warren pushed back against critics of her newly-released plan to phase in implementation of a single-payer health care system, insisting Saturday that she is “fully committed” to Medicare for All and that she plans to first build on existing health care programs because “people need help right now.”
“My commitment to Medicare for All is all the way,” Warren told reporters, responding to critics who’ve questioned the timing behind the release of her implementation plan.
On Friday, the Massachusetts Democrat released a plan outlining how she would transition to a full Medicare for All program, first by using executive action to bring down drug and health care prices and by pushing Congress to pass a bill giving Americans the option to buy in to an expanded government-run Medicare plan. Warren says she’ll then work with Congress to pass pieces of a universal coverage proposal more gradually, with the whole thing being ready “no later than” her third year in office.
This is sounding suspiciously like the sort of strategy that’s being proposed by many of the other Democratic hopefuls. As soon as they get into office, they’ll take “immediate action” to implement their policies by signing a raft of executive orders. Do you know who that sounds like? Donald Trump. And Barack Obama. And pretty much every other president in the modern era.