FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, MD – John Delaney was applauded for his courage in an editorial published in today’s print edition of the Wall Street Journal. Referring to Delaney’s criticism of the Medicare for All legislation authored by Senator Sanders, the editorial board wrote that Delaney deserved credit for telling his fellow Democrats “hard truths.”
This weekend at the California Democratic Party Convention, Delaney spoke out against single-payer Medicare for All. Delaney has released a mixed-model universal health care plan. Delaney has also released comprehensive plans to lower drug prices and improve mental health care.
The text of the editorial is copied below:
When Democrats Jeer Democrats
Wall Street Journal
‘Boooooo!” That’s how California Democrats, gathered for their state party convention in San Francisco this weekend, received two of their 2020 presidential aspirants. Perhaps John Delaney and John Hickenlooper expected the jeering, given their remarks. Still, they deserve credit for telling their copartisans hard truths.
Mr. Delaney, a former Congressman from Maryland, is polling at 0.5% in the Real Clear Politics average. He told the convention that he supports universal health care, universal prekindergarten and free community college. But then he dismissed “slogans posing as policies.” A few minutes later: “Medicare for All may sound good. But it’s actually not good policy, nor is it good politics.”
Thus commenced two minutes of enthusiastic booing. As Mr. Delaney tried to explain over the din, millions of Americans have private insurance, which Medicare for All would abolish. “We should have universal health care,” he said. “But it shouldn’t be a kind of health care that kicks 150 million Americans off their health care. That’s not smart policy.”
Mr. Delaney expanded on this theme during an April visit to the Journal. He said Medicare for All is “based on a presumption that the government will pay enough for health care.” Yet both Medicaid and Medicare, he said, reimburse doctors at below cost: “We have ample evidence to suggest that if the government was the only payer in health care, it would never pay enough, and that would lead to a reduction in quality and access.” This is bitter medicine for San Francisco progressives, but it’s the unflinching reality.
The jeering was nearly as loud for John Hickenlooper, a former Governor of Colorado who’s also polling at 0.5%. He told the convention that President Trump is “threatening our democracy,” not to mention “dismantling our health care, destroying our planet, and creating a culture of hate.”
Then Mr. Hickenlooper added: “If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big progressive goals, socialism is not the answer.” Booo!
“We shouldn’t try to achieve universal coverage by removing private insurance from over 150 million Americans.” Boooo!
“We should not try to tackle climate change by guaranteeing every American a government job.” Booooo!
At one point, Mr. Hickenlooper broke from his speech to address the hecklers: “You know, if we’re not careful, we’re going to end up helping to re-elect the worst President in American history.”
The activists who attend these party conventions are well to the left of the average Democrat. Maybe that’s why Joe Biden, who leads the 2020 field, didn’t show up in San Francisco. At least Messrs. Delaney and Hickenlooper had the guts to face down the socialist crowd.