2020 Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, who comes from the so-called ''progressive wing'' of the party, came under attack both from opposing Republicans and fellow Democrats for her 'Medicare for All' plan, while the popular TV show ''Saturday Night Live'' also made a parody of her healthcare proposals.
Warren has been continuously criticized for failing to provide a detailed explanation for how she is going to pay for her healthcare policies, while her new plan released on 1 November claims to avoid increased taxes on middle-class citizens.
Warren: I’m the serious policy candidate!— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) November 2, 2019
Everyone: So how much will you raise taxes to pay for Medicare For All?
Warren: Just tax the 1%!
Everyone: ...but math.
Did you know:— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 2, 2019
For the cost of Elizabeth Warren's $52 TRILLION Medicare-For-All plan, we could build the Wall 2,000 times over
Democrats say it's too expensive to secure our borders but will gladly pay trillions to insure the illegal aliens who cross them
"Elizabeth Warren's policies are so radical, the math doesn't even come close", former adviser to President Trump Steve Bannon said earlier on Sunday.
Republicans are not alone in their critiques of Warren's proposal, as her co-runner from the Democratic Party Bernie Sanders, also from the socialist wing, has claimed his healthcare plan is far better.
Full quote from Sanders last night criticizing Warren's Medicare-for-all financing plan. Praises Warren for sticking to M4A vision overall, but argues payroll tax would be more progressive than "head tax" on employers, mirroring @MattBruenig argument pic.twitter.com/mtuwSCFyqI— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) November 3, 2019
Sen. Warren's 'Medicare for All' also came into the spotlight on the latest episode of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" comedy show, where she was parodied by Kate McKinnon.
"When Bernie was talking 'Medicare for All', everybody was like 'Oh cool' and then they turned to me and they said 'Fix it, Mom. I'll do it because that's what Moms do", McKinnon said as she was potraying Warren on TV.
'Billionaires Can Afford It' Healthcare Plan
When asked how she defines the ''middle class'' in her plan, Warren responded she would not raise taxes on anybody ''except billionaires'', of whom there are less than 1,000 citizens in the United States.
"And, you know what, the billionaires can afford it and I don't call them middle class'', Warren told CBS News reporters on Sunday.
Warren was also asked what Americans working in private insurance should do after this sector is replaced.
''Some of the people currently working in health insurance will work in other parts of insurance. In life insurance, in auto insurance, in car insurance", Warren replied as she was attending the campaign trail on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Warren's 'Medicare for All' is a central point of her 2020 election campaign and suggests eliminating private health insurance and replacing it with one fully sponsored by the government. It would also envision cutting defence spending and immigration reform to increase revenue from newly arriving immigrants.
Many are afraid that under Warren's plan, US taxpayers would be forced to pay more in taxes, while some politicians openly claim that her proposals are impossible.
Elizabeth Warren will not raise your taxes by a single penny. She will raise your taxes by a few trillion pennies.— Robert J. O'Neill (@mchooyah) November 4, 2019
Biden camp not buying Warren's MFA math: "The mathematical gymnastics in this plan are all geared towards hiding a simple truth from voters: it's impossible to pay for Medicare for All without middle class tax increases."— Rick Klein (@rickklein) November 1, 2019
How you finance #MedicareForAll matters A LOT.— Marc 🧟💰#ZombieExtenders💰🧟 Goldwein (@MarcGoldwein) October 28, 2019
For example, many options could lift marginal rates to or above revenue-maximizing levels, leaving little tax capacity to fund much of anything else. https://t.co/eIP40nc1N8
cc/ @BudgetHawks pic.twitter.com/dkPJxZqIUO