Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has trouble making a claim and sticking by it.
Most notably, Warren lied intentionally about her race for over 20 years, doubling back on her claim to be Native American and issuing multiple formal apologies to the Cherokee Nation and the general public after a DNA test in February proved she was bluffing about her heritage. Last Friday, Warren went back on her word yet again – this time, retracting her plan for immediate implementation of Universal Healthcare in response to criticism from the moderate left.
Warren’s announcement of a “significant modification” to her healthcare plan was partly because of criticism from moderate Dems like former Vice President Joe Biden, who, despite leading Warren by only 0.3 points last month, now has a more than 10-point lead since Warren’s ratings plummeted in response to largely unpopular healthcare propositions.
Warren’s new plan is to push for Universal Healthcare in her third year as president, she said in New Hampshire last Friday, which is not much better than a cop-out of the whole Medicare for All idea.
A 2019 Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that, while the majority of Americans say they support the idea of Medicare for All, most will change their answer after learning how it works – a true testament to the lack of education on big policy issues in modern America.
Support for Universal Healthcare dropped from 71% to as low as 26% when surveyees learned single-payer cost projections – $34 trillion – and the implications it would have on private health insurance, according to KFF. Not only is Warren $20 trillion short of the funding required to put her proposal into action, her Medicare for All plan would cost significantly more than it would save.
In fact, barely one-tenth of registered voters support Medicare for All when it implies abolishing private insurance.
So, let’s forget that most Americans don’t support Warren’s policy in the first place – still, it’s proven to be true time and time again that a president has the least congressional support around midterm elections, according to statistics from Forbes. Putting her primary campaign platform on the backburner until year three all but guarantees it won’t have a prayer of actually getting passed.
Warren’s new proposal, she said, is to implement a “true Medicare for All option” within her first 100 days as president. Warren and her campaign team will likely look back on this as the moment her campaign took its last breath.
The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel said Thursday she thinks Warren’s backpedaling won’t salvage the situation.
“Warren admitted last Friday that she had made a colossal, potentially fatal, campaign error — and immediately proceeded to make it worse,” Strassel said.
The primary reason both Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) trail Biden by a growing margin is their intent focus on Universal Healthcare as a campaign platform. A University of Virginia Center for Politics study last week found that, almost invariably, Medicare for All is a vote loser, based on how congressional and presidential candidates who condone it have performed and polled since 2018.
In the 2018 House elections, and from what we’ve seen in the 2020 presidential nomination process, using Universal Healthcare as a primary campaign platform galvanizes the far-left while alienating the moderate left, undecideds, and the right as a whole. The truth is, at least since 2018, average Americans simply do not prioritize healthcare over other big-time voter issues. Furthermore, Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act took five full years to put into practice, and is “decidedly less ambitious than the public option,” Libby Watson wrote in New Republic article last week.
As far as the newly proposed public option is concerned, it is a little bandage over the gaping wound that is Warren’s 2020 campaign. Essentially, the Medicare for All option epitomizes the word “cop-out.” Warren realized her plan was only losing her votes and devised a new plan that is set up with the intention that it will fail. Blame congress, and call it a day.