Former Maryland MP John Delaney and the other presenters, Tim Ryan and former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, all wanted to defend their plans to build on the status quo – Obamacare – and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on the Healthcare as too far left. They argued that "Medicare for All", which would establish a national health insurance system and essentially eliminate private insurance, would also destroy the democratic prospects of the 2020 presidential election.
This argument about politics itself and its political implications will become the bloodiest battlefield of this Democratic primary. Healthcare emerged victorious in 2018, but the Democratic Party continues to disagree on how to proceed in 2020 ̵
Sanders and Warren are the only top two candidates to support Medicare without apology or qualification. Former Vice President Joe Biden is a vociferous opponent, while others, such as California Senator Kamala Harris and Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, support plans that move the American health care system in this direction, leaving private insurers with some room to operate.
But Sanders and Warren were prepared – and were thrilled with the opportunity to defend the foundation's progressive policy plan. Warren condemned Delaney's criticisms as "Republican discussion points," and Sanders suggested that the former MP misunderstood the plan's basic goal of changing how Americans receive and perceive health care.
The debate was fierce
Delaney wanted to highlight the potential problems Medicare for All could bring to the country's healthcare system and said Medicare paid much less than private insurance. Hospitals, especially in the countryside, could not afford the cut in reimbursements, he said, putting aside Sanders' retort that hospitals would save money because they would not have to do so many billing and administrative tasks.
"I'm the only one on the scene who actually has experience in the healthcare industry," said Delaney, who owned a healthcare company and co-founded a lender for healthcare companies. "And with all due respect, I do not believe my colleagues understand the business."
When he finished his sentence, Sanders retorted, "It's not a business."
Sanders also pushed against Ryan with a By the end of the debate his campaign had already been pasted on a bumper sticker.
Asked if he could promise unionists that Medicare for All would provide the same quality benefits they now have, Sanders argued that Medicare for All would improve on them.
"You do not know that, Bernie," Ryan jumped in.
"I know," Sanders stormed back. "I wrote the damn bill!"
Warren also threw out the case against Medicare for All, complaining that the moderates were using what they called "Republican speeches" as a warning that their implementation would reject them. without seriously considering the system in which they would land. Delaney expelled Warren when he said Democrats risked becoming "part of the subtraction" by forcing the termination of private plans.
"Let us be clear about that," Warren said. "We're the Democrats, it's not about taking care of someone, it's what the Republicans are trying to do."
It was left to the author Marianne Williamson, an ally of Sanders and Warren in most policy issues, to offer one of the more persuasive lines of skepticism.
"I have concerns about what the Republicans would say," she said. "I'm worried it's going to be difficult, I'm worried it's going to be harder to win, and I'm worried it's going to be harder to govern." The health system is "dysfunctional," arguing that a pay-in system would provide stability to the healthcare industry. He praised the system in nearby Canada as an example, stating that it spends half of America's health care spending, and that "if you end up in a hospital in Canada, you will not even be able to afford it."
CNN Moderator Jake Tapper may have given Warren the most unpleasant moment when he asked if her version of Medicare for All would include a middle-class tax hike, as Sanders would have required by law.
"So big corporations and billionaires are going. Small and medium-sized families will pay less for their health care out of pocket," Warren said. That's the nut of Sander's answer when he gets the question. But Warren was less direct. With another chance to look at whether taxes would rise, Warren merely reiterated that the "total cost" for middle-class families would decline.
Moderate want to set signs
Even if this is the case With Sanders and Warren being held back most of the night, the moderates did not come unprepared – or without their own alternative plans.
Several Medicare for All opponents have joined forces to strengthen the existing Federal Health Act. – The Act on Affordable Care, as signed by former President Barack Obama, through a government-backed insurance plan, also known as a public option.
Among the proponents of this idea were Hickenlooper, Bullock and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who described it as a "better way" to achieve universal reporting. Biden, who is debating on Wednesday evening, has also aligned his plan to this promise. Klobuchar noted that Obama not only supported a public option as president, but also supported a recent bill by Sanders to implement the idea.
Bullock noted that it took "decades and false starts" the Affordable Care Act. "Let's actually build on that," he said. Others, such as the former Texas representative, Beto O Rourke, pleaded for a hybrid plan that would put uninsured and underinsured Americans on Medicare. Delaney said his plan would give "universal choices" to general health care.
However, at the center of these proposals was the argument that Medicare for All would be a loser for Democrats in one case
At the head of this indictment stood Delaney, who said the Democrats who threatened the Americans from their private ones Releasing health insurance plans, no matter what waited on the other side, would have supported an election disaster.
"My father, the union electrician was so enthusiastic about the health care he received from the IBEW that he would never want anyone to take it away," Delaney said. "Half of Medicare beneficiaries now have Medicare Advantage, a private insurance or supplementary insurance."
Bullock reiterated Delaney and suggested Medicare for All would "affect [rip] high quality health care for the individual." Hickenlooper pleaded for the preferred health solution "would be an evolution, not a revolution." Buttigieg put his suggestion "Medicare for those who want it" to the point of giving Americans the power to make changes without putting people off their existing plans. Delaney and Hickenlooper scored a few points later when the debate in the Debate as he advised the field to pay less attention and concern as the Republicans could try to arm the democratic debate against them.
"If it's true that we're adopting a very left-wing agenda, they'll say we're a bunch of crazy socialists – if we adopt a conservative agenda, do you know what they're going to do? say, we're a bunch of crazy socialists, "said Buttigieg.
" So let's just stand up for the right politics, go out and defend them. "