Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has made “Medicare for All” a rallying cry and focal point of her presidential campaign, competing with other primary candidates to deliver a progressive healthcare policy to primary voters.
Warren, in the last televised presidential primary debate, never answered moderators’ questions of how much her proposal would cost to the American taxpayer. During the debate, she deflected and said her campaign is looking into what the costs of her proposal would be. No details have emerged from the campaign, despite reporters and pundits clamoring for the campaign to be transparent about the costs of her Medicare for All proposal.
Fast forward to several weeks later, during an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), when Warren admitted her proposal could lead to job losses for Americans. NHPR’s Casey McDermott asked Warren about where the money will come from to fund her proposal, to which Warren said she does not have details yet “but I’ll have a plan on it soon.”
When pressed about whether Medicare for All would lead to a tax increase, Warren claimed that middle-class Americans will not see a tax increase; only the wealthy and corporations will be taxed. McDermott then asked Warren about whether jobs will be lost under Medicare for All, to which Warren said, “So I agree. I think this is part of the cost issue and should be part of a cost plan. Although do recognize on this what we’re talking about, and that is in effect how much of our health care dollars have not gone to health care, how many of those dollars have been pulled out in other directions.”
To summarize, Warren believed her Medicare for All proposal will raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations, spare the middle-class of a tax increase, will drive down healthcare costs and prices, and lead to job losses. Yet, her plan lacks estimates and specifics, which are typically used to verify such claims on the campaign trail.
Other than the Daily Wire and other right-leaning outlets, no mainstream media outlet covered Warren’s admission of job losses thanks to her Medicare for All proposal. NHPR published the interview, which is a part of the National Public Radio affiliate network, but it is disheartening and disappointing to see that the mainstream media ignored an important piece of news related to one of the top contending presidential candidates for the Democratic Party.