Delaney: Medicare-for-All Is a Disaster for the Democratic Party

MIAMI, FL – Ahead of the second night of the Democratic primary debates, presidential candidate John Delaney releases the following statement:

“Senator Sanders’ Medicare-for-All plan is a disaster for the Democratic Party. It proposes to force over 150 millions of Americans off of their health insurance and will therefore ultimately lead to the re-election of Donald Trump. But Senator Sanders is not alone in his support for this, nearly half the Democratic field has as well, including Senator Warren – who has a plan for everything – but has outsourced health care to someone who isn’t even a Democrat.

We should not allow Senator Sanders to hijack the Democratic Party and use it as a vessel for his socialist agenda. Capitalism is the greatest job creation and innovation machine ever, and we should be reforming it, not throwing it out.  I hope the moderators give Senator Sanders an opportunity to reverse course on Medicare-for-All and support my plan, BetterCare.

“Voters have a clear choice – go down the road of free everything and turn off independent voters and re-elect Trump – or, nominate someone who will bring universal healthcare with choice, increase the safety net for the most vulnerable, grow the economy for all in an environmentally responsible way, and actually win the White House in 2020.”

At last night’s debate, Delaney highlighted his universal health care plan, BetterCare, which gives all Americans health insurance as a basic human right but preserves private options. Delaney’s answer is transcribed below and can be found online here. 

“They like their private health insurance by the way. It should be noted that 100 million Americans …

“I think we should be the party that keeps what’s working and fixes what’s broken. I mean doesn’t that make sense? We should give everyone in this country health care as a basic human right for free. Full stop. But we should also give them the option to buy private insurance. Why do we have to stand for taking away something from people? 

“Also its bad policy. If you go to every hospital in this country and you ask them one question, which is how would it have been for you last year if every one of your bills were paid at the Medicare rate? Every single hospital administrator said they would close. And the Medicare for All bill requires payments to stay at current Medicare rates.

“So to some extent we’re basically supporting a bill that will have every hospital closed. I mean my dad was a union electrician, right, I actually grew up in a working-class family, he loved the health care that the IBEW gave him and I just always think about my dad and anything I would do from a policy perspective he’d look at me and he’d say good job John for getting healthcare for every American, but why are you taking my healthcare away.”