MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough on Friday lashed out at debate moderators for not pressing the Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders on exactly how much their Medicare for All plan will cost Americans.
Former Democratic Sen.Claire McCaskill, now an MSNBC political analyst said Warren is going to have to “answer the question what people are going to pay for this and she is really being very deft at avoiding answering that question.”
Scarborough said not getting the specifics of the cost of what he called a “monstrosity of a bill” is an abject “failure” by the moderators of the debate moderators to date.
“It sounds like something that a lot of people would like–like they want their college debt erased like they want their health care debt erased like they want Andrew Yang to give them a million dollars a year,” Scarborough said. “There’s a lot of things that people want, but there are also things in a country that’s $22 trillion in debt cannot afford and I’m sorry. There’s not an economist– a respected economist in the world that can show us how those numbers add up.”
“It suddenly goes from being a great bumper sticker to being an unpopular bill, but Elizabeth Warren’s never been pressed on it and Bernie Sanders has never been pressed on it on these debate stages,” Scarborough continued.
While the moderators didn’t ask the candidates about the cost of their plan–Sanders estimated in July that his Medicare for All plan would cost “between $30 and $40 trillion over a 10 year period” which would be paid for by raising taxes–Joe Biden did try to get Sanders and Warren to talk numbers but both candidates deflected and it was never addressed again.
“What the most serious economists tell us, that if we do nothing to fundamentally change the healthcare system, which is what Joe (Biden) was talking about, keeping it as it is, we’ll be spending something like $50 trillion over a 10 year period,” Sanders said in response without specifying who the economists were.
Biden said his alternative would cost billions and retain private healthcare which Sanders wants to eliminate.