There’s an admission hidden in this new plan or maybe a couple of them. The first admission is that Elizabeth Warren can’t possibly promise Medicare for All anytime soon. The second admission is that her current plan is likely to scare the heck out of a lot of independent voters next November. Rather than admit that this massive disruption to the current system might be a bit much, she’s come up with a new transition plan which pushes off the scary M4A proposal for three years. However, even the new transition plan requires her to deliver on new legislation in the first 100 days which would be substantially bigger in scope than Obamacare. The NY Times says this is an effort to present a compromise which both Biden/Buttigieg supporters and the far left can accept:
Senator Elizabeth Warren vowed on Friday to pass major health care legislation in her first 100 days as president, unveiling a new, detailed plan to significantly expand public health insurance coverage as a first step, and promising to pass a “Medicare for all” system by the end of her third year in office that would cover all Americans.
The initial bill she would seek to pass if elected would be a step short of the broader Medicare for all plan she has championed. But it would substantially expand the reach and generosity of public health insurance, creating a government plan that would offer free coverage to all American children and people earning less than double the federal poverty rate, or about $50,000 for a family of four, and that could be purchased by other Americans who want it…
Her plan attempts to offer something attractive to both sides of the Democratic health care debate, by preserving her commitment to the single-payer vision that energizes voters on the left, while offering a less disruptive set of policies in the short term to those who may be reluctant to give up their existing coverage.
The polling on Medicare for All must be pretty bad. As I’ve been saying for a while, once people see the price tag, the enthusiasm is going to wane. I guess you can give Warren credit for pretty quickly realizing she had bitten off more than Americans were comfortable with and coming up with a completely new plan that kicks the can down the road a little. Still, I don’t think she’s fooling anyone. A spokesman for Biden already called her on what she’s really doing here: