Former Starbucks boss Howard Schultz kicked off a potential presidential race for 2020 on Sunday when he ripped his former party apart and made the Democrats' proposals for health care unrealistic and financially unworkable.
"Every American has the right to access quality health care," Schultz told "60 Minutes" Correspondent Scott Pelley, "But what the Democrats are proposing is as wrong as the Wall – and that's free health care for all who can not afford the land. "
During the interview, Schultz said he was "seriously" "running for a centrist independent outside the two-party system." Asked why he did not As a democrat, the self-described "lifelong democrat" said that both parties "consistently do not do what is necessary to them for the American people" and instead engage in "revenge politics".
"I see both parties, we see extremes on both sides," he said. "We have about $ 21.5 trillion in debt today, which is a reckless example – not only of Republicans, but also of Democrats – as a reckless failure of their constitutional responsibilities."
Schultz has long expressed guilt over the national guilt. In 2011, he asked business leaders across the country "to give up political contributions" until Washington submitted "[ed] a fiscal disciplined long-term debt and deficit plan for the American people." Last year, he called public debt the "biggest" domestic threat to that country.
This concern could explain Schultz 'comments on health care – that Democrats believe in "free health care for all" and that "the country can not afford it". Presumably, he thinks of proposals to create a "Medicare for all" system whereby a new state insurance program would cover all persons without premiums or expenses. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Has proposed such a plan, and many Democrats have endorsed it.
But not all Democrats support the Sanders Plan, and whether the plan actually leads to higher spending depends on a set of variables on how successful it was to withhold payments to doctors and hospitals. (A suggestion like Sanders could actually lead to lower overall spending.) And while the federal government would ultimately spend more on taking on employers and private individuals, public debt would only rise if the government did not new taxes, for example, for very wealthy people or cuts in other places. He said he believed that there should be a "fair and equitable way" for undocumented immigrants to become US citizens that leaving the Paris Climate Agreement was a "huge mistake" and that the republican tax law had gone too far.
Schultz resigned After more than three decades with Starbucks away from Starbucks last summer, he said he was "deeply worried" about "growing division" in the US and wanted to know what he could do to help his country to help.
The possibility Schultz may have stood as an independent candidate already now Democrats. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julián Castro, who has announced his intention to run for president, said Schultz will "give Donald Trump the best hope of being re-elected."
Asked if this was the case Concerned that his own presidential run could help Trump spend another four years in the White House, Schultz made it clear he did not buy that way of thinking.
"I want the American people to win. I want America to win. I do not care if you're a Democrat, independent, libertarian, republican. Bring me your ideas. And I will be an independent person who will accept these ideas, "he said. "Because I'm in no way in bed with a party."
Schultz had a net worth of $ 3 billion as of 2017.