John Delaney defends criticism of Medicare for All: 'I tell the truth'

Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyMoulton campaign makes formal case to DNC to be added to debate stage Bullock makes CNN debate stage Sanders draws line as 2020 health care battle heats up MORE (D-Md.), a 2020 presidential hopeful, defended his comments at the California Democratic Convention that Medicare for All is "actually not good policy nor is it good politics."

Delaney's statement was met with loud boos from the crowd over the weekend.

“I tell the truth and I think health care is too important a topic not to tell the truth about,” Delaney told Hill.TV on Tuesday.

“Health is one of the most if not the most issue to most Americans right now and I think we have this terrible tragedy of all of these uninsured Americans and we have to find a way forward to create a form of universal health care,” he continued.

Delaney said he’s concerned that support for Medicare for All could make Democrats vulnerable during the 2020 election.

“We’re going to put up an candidate whose going to run on Medicare for All and then suddenly the Republicans are not going to be afraid to say what I just said,” he told Hill.TV.

Medicare for All is one of the most talked about issues on the campaign trail among Democratic candidates. While the policy has been rejected by some centrist Democrats, the plan remains popular among progressives.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOmar responds to 'send her back' chant with Maya Angelou quote Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' Trump refers to Ocasio-Cortez as just 'Cortez' because it 'takes too much time' to say full name MORE (D-N.Y.), blasted Delaney for his remarks.

Ocasio-Cortez, a champion of the progressive policy, said on Twitter it’s time for Delaney to “sashay away.”

“This awful, untrue line got boo’ed for a full minute,” the freshman lawmaker tweeted on Sunday. “John Delaney, thank you but please sashay away.”

Delaney's campaign fired back, saying her comments could lead to “a second term for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE.” 

“If Democrats are serious about beating the President at the ballot box, we need less political grandstanding and more truth-telling from the Bernie wing of the party," the statement read.

—Tess Bonn