Senator Elizabeth Warren has always been viewed as an adamant supporter of Medicare-for-All. She co-sponsored Senator Bernie Sanders’s bill. She talks on the debate stage as if she’s the real architect of the single-payer health insurance proposal. But there are holes in her support, smokescreens in her advocacy, and a wishy-washy narrative she pushes when she speaks about it in public that is making many radical progressives question whether she’s really a supporter at all.
Under normal circumstances, I chalk up op-eds by supporters of one campaign as simply talking trash against their competitors. But the two op-eds below bring up very valid points that seem to indicate Warren is open to healthcare solutions that fall short of Medicare-for-All. As our EIC noted before, the “lite” version of Medicare-for-All is as dangerous if not more dangerous to America than full-blown single-payer. Nevertheless, one of the reasons Sanders keeps falling in the polls while Warren is picking up steam is because she hasn’t committed to the full version of the disastrous health insurance scheme.
In other words, some moderates see a glimmer of hope that if she’s the nominee, she’ll veer to the center for the general election. Nobody believes Sanders would do any veering if he gets the nomination.
Here’s the first op-ed from Bernie-supporter Ana Kasparian:
Following the Democratic debate in September, a reporter with CBS News asked Warren if she planned to present her own health-care proposal. Her answer was disappointing for anyone who wants a president who will actually fight for Medicare for All. She began her answer with “I support Medicare for All,” and immediately followed her statement with, “I support a lot plans. Other things that people have come up with, when they’re good plans, let’s do it.”
Warren’s webpage on health-care uses some of the arguments popularized by Bernie and supporters of Medicare for All, including the statement that “health care is a human right.” But as several progressive outlets have noted, her website fails to mention anything too specific, including whether she would eliminate private insurers, or what would happen with co-pays and deductibles.
Again, it’s worth noting that Kasparian is as far left as they come. The “Young Turk” wants nothing short of full-blown Marxism installed in America. This may not be ideal from a conservative perspective as a reference, but she’s a subject matter expert on who’s a real radical and who’s only pretending to hold their mantle. Clearly, she’s not impressed with Warren who in Kasparian’s eyes is much more moderate than most realize.
The other op-ed comes from Tim Higginbothom:
Elizabeth Warren, whose presidential campaign has been plagued from the start by ambiguity on the subject of health care, finally added a health care plank to her website last week. Unfortunately, it tells us nothing new about where she stands.
The webpage — which reiterates Warren’s support for Medicare for All without referencing a specific bill — is frustratingly sparse on detail. There’s nothing about eliminating premiums, co-pays, and deductibles. Nothing about expanding Medicare to cover dental, vision, hearing, and mental care. Nothing about prohibiting private insurers from competing with the public Medicare for All program — and indeed, no reference to “single payer” health care at all.
After looking into the matter, I realized these hyper-leftists were absolutely correct. Warren is playing every angle possible, sounding outright moderate in front of some audiences while being Stalin’s sister in front of others. And her website has the ambiguity of a campaign that wants to be everything to everyone by allowing visitors to read whatever ideology into it that suits them. It’s as vanilla as one can be, especially when trying to control the far-left lane.
Some will argue she’s being ambiguous so she’s not locked into an unpopular stance during the general election. To that, I would remind those who are debating between Sanders and Warren that her supporters are true radicals who are bound to be disappointed if she’s given the nomination. If she’s so non-committal on the policies that are important to her base, what will her new policies look like if she gets the nomination?
The more we learn about Elizabeth Warren, the more we realize she has the soul of a pandering politician, not an activist or an advocate. She goes where the political winds point her. Sanders’s supporters are right to be angry she’s stealing their thunder.
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