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Politics In Iowa, Bernie Sanders calls Pete Buttigieg's health care plan 'a failed idea'

07:50  09 january  2020
07:50  09 january  2020 Source:   desmoinesregister.com

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In Iowa , Bernie Sanders calls Pete Buttigieg ' s health care plan ' a failed idea '. Nick Coltrain, Des Moines Register Published 9:25 p.m. CT Dec. Buttigieg , like many candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president, outlined a health care plan that stops short of Sanders ' goal.

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BURLINGTON, Ia. — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Saturday that South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg's "Medicare for All Who Want It" health care hybrid would be "unfair" to working families.

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Sanders' "I wrote the damn bill" quote about "Medicare for All" has become a cheer line on debate stages and in rallies, and his decades-long consistency on supporting universal health care coverage is a draw for many of his supporters.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg unveiled his health care plan on Thursday, outlining a The South Bend, Indiana, mayor calls his plan "Medicare for All Who Want It," a nod to the Buttigieg ' s proposal -- unlike Sanders ' plan -- would not force people onto government health

Pete Buttigieg is billing his new health - care proposal as a riff off Sen. Bernie Sanders ’ s Medicare-for-all plan . The South Bend, Ind., mayor — who came in third in a new Iowa primary poll — is a prime example of how most of the Democratic presidential contenders have distanced themselves from the

Buttigieg, like many candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president, outlined a health care plan that stops short of Sanders' goal. Instead, Buttigieg proposes giving people a choice between buying into a public option of health care coverage or private insurance. And that's its fatal flaw, Sanders said. It would overload the government with the most expensive patients, he said.

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"When you talk about having a system where you're going to have private insurance and you're going to have (a public) option going in, the rich and the healthy will go into private insurance, the poor and the sick will go into Medicare and cost that system an enormous amount of money," Sanders said. "So it's a failed idea in my view."

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Bernie Sanders said Mayor Pete Buttigieg ' s "Medicare for all who want it" health care hybrid would be "unfair" to working families.

Pete Buttigieg supports Medicare for All but prefers a more gradual pathway to achieve that goal in order to prevent a shock to the economy, he explains on his campaign website. Buttigieg describes his health care plan as “Medicare for All Who Want It.” The idea is to allow anyone to enroll in Medicare

He chastised the prescription drug and health care industries as creating a "dysfunctional, cruel system that is very, very expensive." He asked attendees for stories about health care costs, and they shared tales of high costs for inadequate care. When an attendee asked about Buttigieg's plan, Sanders called it "unfair."

"If Buttigieg or someone else wants to maintain that system, I think it's really unfair to the working families of this country," Sanders said. "I'm just suggesting to you we can substantially lower health care costs for working families."

Buttigieg surged to the lead in the most recent Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll, released in November. Sanders was No. 3, tied with former Vice President Joe Biden. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren was in second. Warren, Sanders and Biden were all within a percentage point of each other, according to the poll.

Nick Coltrain is a politics and data reporter for the Register. Reach him at ncoltrain@registermedia.com or at 515-284-8361. Your subscription makes work like this possible. Subscribe today at DesMoinesRegister.com/Deal.

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